Create a video file from a graphic animation

For results with several time steps (calculation with a succession of permanent regimes or transient computation), the data displayed for a set of objects can be animated as a function of time.

Here is a method that allows to save all the images of the animation in a folder and make a video (.AVI file).

Save animation images in EdiSIC

To start the animation, each graphic has a "play" button.

To save the JPG animation images to the disc, press the [Ctrl] key when the play button is clicked. At this time, EdiSIC proposes to choose a folder where to save the images. Then animation and recording start simultaneously. Animation and recording can be stopped at any time by clicking anywhere on the screen.

Convert images to a video file with MakeAVI

Once the images have been recorded, a program must be used to convert this series of images into video. The rest of this documentation proposes to use MakeAVI a minimalist program and free software downloadable at the following address:

MakeAVI is very simple to use, it needs in this order:

  • Click on "Add files", select all the image files (Ctrl + A to select all the files of a directory) with which one wants to make a video
  • Choose the "Playback frame rate", that is, the number of frames per second of the video. (Eg for a simulation of 100 steps of time, we will put a frame rate of 10 fps to get a video of 10 seconds)
  • Click on "Begin!" To choose the location and name of the created .AVI file, choose the codec [1] used and creating the video file.

[1If this term does not mention anything for you in the list, choose "Intel Indeo" or if it is not present "Radius Codec Cinepak" by leaving the default settings