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Animated GIF generation

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Animated GIF generation

Is there any way in Mathcad to generate an animated GIF?

I would like to do this based on meshes I generated or output from something like 3D plot.

Here is an example of the kind of stuff I would like to generate:

8-cell-simple.gif

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Re: Animated GIF generation

If you can't see the animation, click on it. If that doesn't work, download the image (if you can?)

Unfortunately, in this mode of post generation, I can't edit or preview the post, so I didn't discover until after I posted that you don't see the animation as I could when I writing the post.

Re: Animated GIF generation

No worries.

Not sure about GIFs, per se. Mathcad does have the ability to animate some things based on iterations on calculations within a sheet. Usually outputs to AVI, I think.

Re: Animated GIF generation

The fact that animated gifs only animate when you are composing the message is annoying. Hopefully it will get fixed at some point.

To animate something in Mathcad you need to make it depend on the FRAME variable, and then choose "animation", "record" from the tools menu. Then select the region of the worksheet you want to animate, and click on "animate on the dialog box. You can save it as an avi file. If you want a gif from that you would have to use some other tool to do the conversion. I don't know of one but I am sure such tools must exist.

Edit: Here's a couple of shareware examples. I don't know anything about them other than what is said on the web sites though:

http://www.topshareware.com/123-Avi-to-Gif-Converter-download-2238.htm

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Re: Animated GIF generation

For that particular one, it would be almost impossible because Mathcad is not a graphic package. With simpler geometry , i.e: geometry created in the work sheet, you can use a Microsoft something called " movie " [not so sure exact name]. I tried it long time ago and declared to myself " f..k it" , The "movie" if that's the name will keep the animation for ever. But in Mathcad you can save as *.AVI and it will run for all the frames in the composition...not bad for 2D's. For Mathcad 3D's with colors, the Mathcad 11 "Codec" AVI used to be of very poor quality based on different codec truncation [some are wavelets ...] . In other words the Matcad 11 *.AVI didn't render even at 100% quality. It could be that Mathcad didn't have the full license for none of the codec.

jmG

Re: Animated GIF generation

This kind of animation is easy to compose in Mathcad , compose for one cycle. For more than one cycle, no idea if possible.

mouches2.gif

convgaus.gif

jmG

Re: Animated GIF generation

That looks good, but I tried 3D plot, and it loses on both resolution and lighting. However by making it very large in mathcad in order to produce a smaller video seemed to work OK. I've only gotten as far as the .avi file and haven't tried converting it to animated GIF. I am about to try that.

jean, what tools & process steps did you use to get your nice animations into the GIF files?

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Thanks for deleting virus related link.

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Yikes! Thanks for the warning. To be on the safe side I just deleted the hyperlink to that site. You may want to delete the link from your post too. Some people just can't resist clicking on a link, even when there's a big warning!

Re: Animated GIF generation

"Jean, what tools & process steps did you use to get your nice animations into the GIF files ?"

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The convolution is from the Mathematica web page on convolution.

Les mouches [bugs] got them from a french site, Maple based.

The Mathcad animation tool does not have the option to save as

animated gif and not sure if IrfanView has the option.

So, In Mathcad AFAIK: only one cycle, i.e: no repeat.

Cheers John

Jean

It works fine with IrfanView [freeware, a must !]

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