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Old   August 10, 2005, 09:20
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m. malik
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I have bitmap images from a sequence of simulations over a period of time. Want to know how to make a movie out of these images. Regards.
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Old   August 10, 2005, 09:57
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There is a free tool (at least used to be free) call Platyus. It can read in all the image files and generate an avi file.

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Old   August 10, 2005, 10:00
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that, or an animated GIF file.
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Old   August 10, 2005, 10:00
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Sorry, it is "Platypus".
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Old   August 10, 2005, 10:28
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The best free image conversion tool I have come across is ImageMagick's 'convert' utility. ( http://amiga.sourceforge.net/ImageMagick/). It can literally do anything with images; It does not have a heavy and clunky GUI (like Photoshop); It's free and easy to install if you use a packaging utility (e.g. rpm). To make animations from a sequence, simply use:

convert -adjoin -o movie.[gif|mpeg] *.bmp
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Old   August 10, 2005, 22:11
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if you have different gif files then you can combine them into a nice animation using gifmerge http://www.the-labs.com/GIFMerge/

Its free!!
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Old   August 11, 2005, 04:19
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I personally suggest to convert your bitmap files into jpgs (a matter of file size) with Image Magick first (as someone posted before it is really a powerful tool, although without a GUI, but this is not always a bad thing...), then you could make your .mpeg animation with Image Magick too, but the quality isn't so good, I suggest Makeavi (It's downladable for free, of course. Do a google search or see in the Sourceforge website) to join your frames into an .avi file. You can also choose some compression codec if the file size becomes too big.

Gif animations are useful for the web, but avoid them in presentations (for example old versions of MS Powerpoint and MS Media Player didn't play them, and by old versions I mean 2000...).

Cheers

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Old   August 12, 2005, 15:49
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Thank you all for the good information. I will try and then will post how I did.
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