What is Animated: Definition and 19 Discussions

Animation is a method in which figures are manipulated to appear as moving images. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand on transparent celluloid sheets to be photographed and exhibited on film. Today, most animations are made with computer-generated imagery (CGI). Computer animation can be very detailed 3D animation, while 2D computer animation (which may have the look of traditional animation) can be used for stylistic reasons, low bandwidth, or faster real-time renderings. Other common animation methods apply a stop motion technique to two and three-dimensional objects like paper cutouts, puppets, or clay figures.
Commonly, the effect of animation is achieved by a rapid succession of sequential images that minimally differ from each other. The illusion—as in motion pictures in general—is thought to rely on the phi phenomenon and beta movement, but the exact causes are still uncertain.
Analog mechanical animation media that rely on the rapid display of sequential images include the phénakisticope, zoetrope, flip book, praxinoscope, and film. Television and video are popular electronic animation media that originally were analog and now operate digitally. For display on the computer, techniques like animated GIF and Flash animation were developed.
Animation is more pervasive than many people know. Apart from short films, feature films, television series, animated GIFs, and other media dedicated to the display of moving images, animation is also prevalent in video games, motion graphics, user interfaces, and visual effects.The physical movement of image parts through simple mechanics—for instance moving images in magic lantern shows—can also be considered animation. The mechanical manipulation of three-dimensional puppets and objects to emulate living beings has a very long history in automata. Electronic automata were popularized by Disney as animatronics.
Animators are artists who specialize in creating animation.

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  1. Janus

    Animated Chess Inspired by @Vanadium50 & @PeroK

    The reply by @Vanadium 50 to thread by @PeroK about Using Python for Chess inspired me to try my hand at recreating that Star Wars chess scene. This is my somewhat ham-handed attempt. The "Chessmen" are only somewhat similar to the ones in the actual movie, But I wasn't going for a exact copy...
  2. J

    Making a simple animated cartoon

    In fig a there are 28 polos (mint sweets) on a table. In fig b two of the polos have moved from the table to the person's mouth. In fig c the two polos have been swallowed and are now in the person's stomach. My question is there an easy way of turning this into a simple animated cartoon with...
  3. anorlunda

    Animated Display of Quantitative Information

    I'm sure that many PF members are fans of the seminal book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte But books on dead trees can only show static information. How about quanitative information depicted with the help of audio and/or video? I would like to nominate...
  4. K

    Good sites for animated graphics

    Hi all, I am interested viewing graphics of transition states in lepton fermion scattering, and various similar high energy collisions. Does anyone know where I could view these animations?
  5. prashantakerkar

    Calculators Animated Image Slider Control: Jssor Demo

    URL: https://www.jssor.com/demos/image-slider.slider Is it possible to have a Image slider control which infinitely shows images after every 4 seconds delay but every image itself is a animated and not a static image? I.e Image Slider control showing animated images .gif,.jpg etc Thanks &...
  6. W

    MATLAB Plotting animations (time-evolution)

    Hi all, I have a spatial probability density function that is dependent on ##x##, space and ##t##, time. I am able to make a plot for spatial probability density for each point in time by specifying ##t## values by using the fplot function. However, I want an animation that allows me to see...
  7. billyp245

    Double Pendulum in C (Trace Motion Real-Time + gif output)?

    I have written a C program to trace out the motion of a double pendulum, but am having difficulties in getting gnuplot (controlled from my c program) to trace out the paths of the masses (example video below). Thus far I have created the program such that it produces a number of png images at...
  8. A.T.

    Animated Gravity : Einstein vs. Newton

    There are many threads about this on this forum: People are confused about the basic idea of Gravitation in General Relativity. They understandably don't understand how the very common balls-on-rubber-sheet-analogy explains anything. I usually post those two links to help them...
  9. I

    LaTeX Latex Beamer: Animated gif files problem

    Hi to all. These days i am working on a presentation using latex beamer. A really usefull thing is to present your animated graphs. I want to include some animated graphs in latex. I have some animated gif files but animated gif files are invalid in latex beamer. So i got some info...
  10. I

    Mathematica Animate & animated gif in Mathematica

    "Animate" & animated gif in Mathematica Hi to all. This period i am working on a project. I want to demonstrate the motion of a vector in 3D animation. I have a txt file with 4 columns and 8010 lines data. The first column is the time and the three other are the components of the vector in 3D...
  11. E

    New animated video on Electricity and Magnetism

    I have just created a short animated video explaining all the concepts of electromagnetism. It is at: http://youtu.be/XiHVe8U5PhU I put a lot of of time and effort into making the animations, so please take a look at this, and please pass it along to anyone who you think might be...
  12. E

    New animated video explaining Special and General Relativity.

    Hi Everyone. I have just created an animated video on Special and General Relativity, explaining how all the conclusions are derived from the fact that light has the same speed for all observers. It is at: http://youtu.be/ev9zrt__lec I put a lot of effort into making the animations, so...
  13. G

    Good software for programming animated physical simulations?

    I'm looking for what might be best for simulating various physical phenomena - some examples off the top of my head might be how to create an animation of a double-pendulum, or a system of 250 particles that are mutually interacting, confined within some box, in an arbitrary external field (like...
  14. R

    Creating a Waving Flag Animation: Software and Techniques

    I just need to know HOW to make a flag wave (like its waving in the wind) and second I need to know WHAT program I need it for. Thank you
  15. iamjon.smith

    Comp Sci JAVA Animated Logo DUE TODAY HELP

    JAVA Animated Logo **DUE TODAY** HELP! My instructor has provided the code to use, we were told to simply modify the images for the program to work with our logo. The code comes straight from the textbook. I have followed the steps of my instructor but when I run the program I get the...
  16. H

    Mathematica Mathematica: Animated plot sphere as function of time

    Hi all, Kinda new to Mathematica. I have evaluated a function describing a sphere's (or just circle for simplicity) radius over time. I have made a Table of values for the radius over a given time interval, and am able to plot the radius vs time. How can I make an animated 3D plot of...
  17. F

    Where can I get some animated carton of particle collision?

    Hi,guys. Where can I get some animated carton of particle collision.? It is better a gif file and I want insert it into a ppt file. There are some animations in LHC homepage, but they are too large.
  18. T

    Not all animated movies are good.

    We keep getting hit by these awesome animated movies like Wall-E and anything by Pixar, but don't be fooled. Two recent cartoons are just crap. The Tale of Desperaux and Igor are not worth the price of renting them. The both have huge stars doing voices, but well known voices just can't save a...
  19. Gokul43201

    Explore the Uproar Around Shark Tale: Spielberg's Mafia-Themed Animated Movie

    Anyone seen the Spielberg/Dreamworks animated movie, Shark Tale ? It's causing a bit of an uproar. The plot involves parodies of several pop culture staples - Jaws, The Godfather, etc. It's a mafia themed movie, set in the world of saltwater fish - the story of what happens when the son...