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David Airey <david.airey@Vanderbilt.Edu> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

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Re: st: Video from multiple graph exports |

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Wed, 3 Dec 2008 15:17:38 -0600 |

http://rsbweb.nih.gov/ij/ But there are probably many other choices. -Dave On Dec 3, 2008, at 3:13 PM, Michael Hanson wrote:

Dan:I have done something like this for several presentations --although I typically prefer to use a remote to step through the"movie frames" rather than automate the transitions. That way I canstop and comment on certain slides (the audience sees it as"freezing" the animation), or go back to a specific slide to answerquestions.The caveat, given the details you have provided in your message: myprocess requires a Macintosh. Specifically, it requires use ofKeynote, Apple's presentation software available only for Mac OS X.Briefly, in three steps (though I am happy to provide details ifrequested):1. Export the Stata graphs as PDF format. (A feature only availablein the Mac version, I believe.)2. Place PDFs of graphs into individual slides in Keynote.3. Add automatic timed transitions and effects as needed. You canset transition times on a per-slide basis, as you inquired.This whole process is very easy with Keynote, as it provides finecontrols for aligning the graphs and professional transitionsbetween slides. Plus, since everything is done with PDF, you don'tget those "jaggies" (i.e. pixelation) that often afflict graphics inPowerPoint. Additionally, with Keynote you can export yourpresentation to QuickTime (.mov) or Flash (.swf) formats as a self-running, cross-platform file if desired.I suspect one could use LaTeX-based presentation tools (beamer?powerdot? prosper?) to accomplish the same thing, albeit with (much)more effort.Hope this helps, Mike On Dec 3, 2008, at 2:49 PM, Dan Weitzenfeld wrote:Hi Folks, I'm considering making a movie using multiple Stata graphs, exported. E.g., for t=0,1,...n, graphing the data at each t, and then using a slide-show program to stack the graphs in time order, creating a "movie" illustrating how the data changes over time. My questions: 1. Has anyone does this before, and if so, do you have recommendations for the most flexible slide-show program? Specifically, I'm wondering if there is a program that will allow for variable intervals between slides (e.g., t=0, 1.5, 2, 2.2,....) 2. Is there a way to overlay a Stata graph on top of a .jpg file? I've been doing this manually, using -spmap- to plot my location-oriented data, exporting graphs as .emf/.wmf, ungrouping the result in PowerPoint and aligning the .jpg overlay. 3. Am I trying to use Stata to do something it's not suited for? I know JMP can play movies from data, but I don't think the movies can be exported, and, well, I'm partial to Stata. Thanks in advance, -Dan* * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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**References**:**st: Video from multiple graph exports***From:*"Dan Weitzenfeld" <dan.weitzenfeld@emsense.com>

**Re: st: Video from multiple graph exports***From:*Michael Hanson <mshanson@mac.com>

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