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How to Save a Static FEA Animation

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How to Save a Static FEA Animation

I am trying to save the animated result of a static simulation. Every website, including PTC, says to select "Movie" from the "Save As" menu. I do not see this option. How do I save/export FEA results in Creo 5?

 

I am using Creo 5.0.4.0 on Windows 7.

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Re: How to Save a Static FEA Animation

maybe windchill conflict,

please test without windchill

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Re: How to Save a Static FEA Animation

It is not called movie but the extension is .mpg.  It is called TLBMPEG

 

Here is a mapkey I use that you can add to your config file in your startup folder.

Be sure to have the first frame showing before starting and have 24 frames in the animation.

I also try to set the window size smaller than my screen with close to the proper aspect ratio before running the mapkey.  (helps with text size and aspect ratio issues)

You can customize the mapkey to your preferences.  The first 24 is the frames per second and the second the number of frames.  The 480 and 720 are the size in pixels.

It saves a file in your current directory that you need to rename before running the mapkey again or it will overwrite.

 

mapkey mpg @MAPKEY_LABELmpg movie;~ Select `main_dlg_cur` `appl_casc`;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Close `main_dlg_cur` `appl_casc`;~ Command `ProCmdMpostSaveAs` ;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Trail `UI Desktop` `UI Desktop` `DLG_PREVIEW_POST` `file_open`;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Open `file_open` `Type`;~ Close `file_open` `Type`;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Select `file_open` `Type` 1 `db_631`;~ Input `file_open` `Inputname` `1`;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Update `file_open` `Inputname` `1`;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Command `ProFileSelPushOpen@context_dlg_open_cmd` ;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Move `mpeg_export_dlg` `mpeg_export_dlg` 2 31.346769 12.647672;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Open `mpeg_export_dlg` `SettingsOption`;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Close `mpeg_export_dlg` `SettingsOption`;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Select `mpeg_export_dlg` `SettingsOption` 1 `custom`;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Open `mpeg_export_dlg` `FPSOption`;~ Close `mpeg_export_dlg` `FPSOption`;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Select `mpeg_export_dlg` `FPSOption` 1 `24`;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Update `mpeg_export_dlg` `HeightSpin` 480;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Update `mpeg_export_dlg` `WidthSpin` 720;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Activate `mpeg_export_dlg` `DurationNumFramesCheck` 1;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Update `mpeg_export_dlg` `DurationNumFramesInput` `24`;\
mapkey(continued) ~ Activate `mpeg_export_dlg` `ExportPush`;

Re: How to Save a Static FEA Animation

If you check the screenshot I posted, I do not have the option to save as any file type other than simulate results, hence my posting of this question. I have seen on the PTC support site that you should be able to click "Save As" and choose the file type for mpeg, but it doesn't show up.

Re: How to Save a Static FEA Animation

ANIMATION.PNG

 

Creo is a little weird here.  Click the Save As again where I show.

Oh and correction there is a MOVIE option for AVI files.  I just never use that because it is uncompressed.

Re: How to Save a Static FEA Animation

Maybe what I replied with wasn't quite clear, I have no file type options within "Save As" other than simulate results. See the image.

Re: How to Save a Static FEA Animation

Did you click again where I show the red circle?  Or were you not replying to my last post.

Re: How to Save a Static FEA Animation

Yes, when I say that I clicked "Save As" I mean that I clicked "Save As" and was not clicking in the wrong place. I can record a video if you don't believe the screenshot?

 

Is there any reason why Creo Simulate would not give the option to save as an Mpeg? I used to be able to save my simulate results as videos (mpeg) on Creo 3.0, and after my recent switch to Creo 5.0, the functionality seems to be gone.

 

I may have to open up a support ticket with PTC. It's funny, seems like every "feature" on Creo is actually nonexistent or doesn't properly work!

Re: How to Save a Static FEA Animation

Hmmmm.   I will say I do not have windchill option like you have. But since your dialog matches the "Save a Copy" dialog expected I still think the weird click sequence is the issue.

 

I know this is really weird, I don't know how many times it has fooled me. (too many)

 

ANIMATION2.PNGWeird Click sequence

 

 

 

Re: How to Save a Static FEA Animation

I get the same window with the same options whether I click "Save As" or "Save As > Save a Copy."

Although my "Save As" option only requires one click, and not two. Yours requires two clicks?

 

I had not considered that this would be "wrong" behavior for Simulate Results. It does seem a little odd...

Re: How to Save a Static FEA Animation

How about Save As, Save a backup?