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  • Subject: [mg7006] Animated Graphics
  • From: Thomas Burkhardt <tburkha at>
  • Date: Thu, 1 May 1997 14:48:51 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: TU Freiberg
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I have some trouble with animated graphics and would greatly appreciate
your help:

Basically, I would like to animate a function f(x, t) for a succession
of time ponts t. Actually, I have for each point in time T a data set,
e. g. some points f(x_i, t=T), to represent the Funktion. Now the task
is to plot the funktion values, connected with lines or some smooth
function, for each value of t, one after the other, to get a nice
looking movie. So the questions are:
	- how could I plot the frames in one place to get the impression
	  of a movie
	- how could I control the speed of succession of the
individual           frames
	- and finally, how could I save the final movie in an          
appropriate file format that might be viewed independetly of          
MMa, e.g. mpeg or whatever
So far, I used ListPlot to generate each frame, and then animated the
frame sequence with Animate. The result is poor! In my Win 95 MMa 3.0
Notebook, Animate first plots all frames (who would like hundreds of
single plots instead of the movie!) and only afterwards I could get an
animation. I couldn't find any control for frame speed nor for saving
the movie. Besides, my system sometimes kills MMa after producing too
many frames!
If there is no solution within MMa, are you avare of possible software

Thank you very much!


Dr. Thomas Burkhardt

e-mail: tburkha at
Tel.:   +49-3731-39-2420
FAX:    +49-3731-39-4053

Fakultaet Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Technische Universitaet BA Freiberg
Gustav-Zeuner-Str. 10
D-09596 Freiberg

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