What is animations: Definition and 28 Discussions

Animation is a method by which still 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, many 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.
A cartoon is an animated film, usually a short film, featuring an exaggerated visual style. The style takes inspiration from comic strips, often featuring anthropomorphic animals, superheroes, or the adventures of human protagonists. Especially with animals that form a natural predator/prey relationship (e.g. cats and mice, coyotes and birds), the action often centers on violent pratfalls such as falls, collisions, and explosions that would be lethal in real life.
The illusion of animation—as in motion pictures in general—has traditionally been attributed to the persistence of vision and later to the phi phenomenon and beta movement, but the exact neurological causes are still uncertain. The illusion of motion caused by a rapid succession of images that minimally differ from each other, with unnoticeable interruptions, is a stroboscopic effect. While animators traditionally used to draw each part of the movements and changes of figures on transparent cels that could be moved over a separate background, computer animation is usually based on programming paths between key frames to maneuver digitally created figures throughout a digitally created environment.
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 computers, technology such as the animated GIF and Flash animation were developed.
In addition to 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.

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  1. DaTario

    I How can a square-based lattice turn into a circular-based one?

    Hi All, I was just watching the video on the Veritassium channel about scientific dissemination of general relativity. And I could see once again that when you try to use animations and/or computer graphics to show the transition from free space geodesics to geodesics around a planet, what you...
  2. Slimy0233

    Requesting Resources and Animations to understand Solid State Physics

    TL;DR Summary: I need animations to understand physics better. Any links and animations would be very appreciated. I have started learning Solid state physics and I am struggling somewhat to understand and imagine certain things. I feel like this is one area of physics which needs extensive...
  3. Isopod

    What are the Best Animated Videos on YouTube?

    I really like watching peoples animation and movie short videos on Youtube, so I thought I'd create a thread here where people can share animated videos that they've seen recently which they thought were good. Here's a 1st one: "Happiness"
  4. 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...
  5. M

    What is the best way to make 3D animations

    Hi, i am 3D Artist and create 3D visualizations like this. Now I want generate a 3D animation about science fiction like star wars. Can I create a 3D animation about Star wars or I need a license of lucasarts. Thanks.
  6. Greg Bernhardt

    Realistic fluids simulation and animations

    Great for those interested in animations
  7. Matt Whibley

    Looking for feedback on physics animations

    Hi all I've recently begun developing short (~1 minute) physics animations and would appreciate any constructive feedback. I'm currently uploading them to my Youtube channel here. The purpose of these animations is to work alongside existing teaching. They are not designed or equipped to teach...
  8. A

    Programming language or software for scientific/didactic animations

    Hello everybody! I'm looking for some good software or programming language suitable for creating some sort of animations aimed to didactic exposure of scientific topics. What I want to do is an application that allows to interactively follow the evolution of a star's internal structure...
  9. Femme_physics

    Good resource for gifs and animations of hydraulics?

    I wouldn't have asked unless I really needed and couldn't find. Google only shows me images, and I even tried searching in gifs-specific websites to no-avail. Perhaps you guys already know some resources, so I'll stop wasting so much time with search engines?
  10. I

    How to make maths and physics animations

    Does anyone have any recommendations for software, or perhaps a programming language that specialises in creating animations/simulations in maths and physics? For example, "Turning a sphere inside out" "Mobius transformations revealed" "Klein bottle"
  11. H

    Computer Science Simple Animations

    Homework Statement Create a class called, ThreeObjectAnimation, that creates a graphic animation with three animation object. The ThreeObjectAnimation class should move three objects around the frame, either randomly, or following a fixed pattern. The movements should occur every 250...
  12. rhody

    Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology

    We have no way to directly observe molecules and what they do -- Drew Berry wants to change that. At TEDxSydney he shows his scientifically accurate (and entertaining!) animations that help researchers see unseeable processes within our own cells. Watch the TED video, atty, pathagorean...
  13. M

    Mathematica Mathematica: two synchronous animations

    Hello everyone. Using ListLinePlot and ListAnimate I have made an animation with a hundred frames or so. Also, I have an animated graph corresponding to that animation, plotting certain values. For my presentation, I would like to show the audience these two animations and for that reason I...
  14. R

    Feasible to export and manipulate Mathematica animations in Powerpoint?

    Hi PhysicsForummers! I'm working to export some dynamic animations from Mathematica to Powerpoint but found that the only way is to export into a video file before inserting into Ppt. This makes the picture blur and i wonder is there any way i can export without dramatic loss in quality...
  15. M

    Mathematica Mathematica: two animations, one slider

    Hello everyone. I have two animations in Mathematica, each with 187 frames. I would like to put one in a corner of the other and for them to share a slider so they both respond to it simultaneously. Martin
  16. Q

    MATLAB Creating 3D Animations in MATLAB for ODEs/PDEs

    I was tasked with making some animations of simple ODEs and PDEs in MATLAB for use in an undergraduate class. (Vibrating string, Heat Equation, Navier-Stokes)... I wrote some code and plotted some graphs, but I'm not seeing an option to animate along an axis in 2010a. Maybe I'm blind and...
  17. P

    Animations put fun into physics and maths

    Have a look at the updated maths, physicsand technology animations at www.science-animations.com
  18. S

    Gas Animations: Create Videos from Particles Positions

    Hi. I'm spending little time writing an easy C-code which simulates a gas on a lattice. I'd like to ask if you know any nice (and easy :) ) program which can take in input some files of positions of particles at different times and make a video of them. thanks
  19. P

    200 Physics Vector Animations or Flash Files

    i need 200 physics vector animation or flash file
  20. M

    Creating Flash Animations: Tools from Adobe

    I want to make some of those nice Flash based animations. I understand that there are a few different tools from Adobe. Which one is the best to work with?
  21. D

    Are These Animations Worth Your Time?

    Check this out.
  22. S

    Flash animations are terminating before their end time

    I am making a slide presentation in flash. I have created some animation in a few slides. I have put a behavior on the last frame of the timeline telling it to change to the next slide. The problem is that after a few slides the following message is coming The name "frame" has already been...
  23. somasimple

    Exploring Atomic Interaction Forces with Animations

    Hi All, Im' trying for some members of my site toshow atomic interaction force (coulomb...) with some animations. Here is my first trial two ions with same but opposite charges... Is there an acceleration since attraction augments (like I did)? You need Flash player...
  24. J

    OT- animations of cells doing what they do

    noob, :) just wondering if anyone knows of any sites (links) that show animations of any types of cells doing what they do. thanks jimmie
  25. D

    Physics Animations - Looking for Websites with Flash Animation

    hi every body here :smile: :smile: could you help me please, i am looking for physics animations ... Do you know of websites that have physics flash animation in them? thaaaanx aloooot :!)
  26. A

    MATLAB MATLAB Spirograph Animations with Grid Lines

    I have a small technical problem in MATLAB. I am trying to use comet to make an animated path of this spirograph program I've made. I'd also like to add some grid lines however my problem is the following. If i run the comet command everything looks great and works fine, but if I then use a...
  27. quasar987

    Websites for Physics Simulations & Demos

    Hi, Do you know of websites that have physics animation in them? Tell me about them please! Rencently I found links to these two in different threads of PF: http://webphysics.davidson.edu/Applets/Applets.html and http://www.kettering.edu/~drussell/Demos.html
  28. F

    Cool Animations of viuses attacks

    Hello, i am doing an assignment about virus attacking human beings. Have you ever watched any simulations, or know places to those animations ? Please tell me what software or placews to watch abuot viruses attacking human beings. I need to see how they do it. Any kind of attacking by any...