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Re: st: Video from multiple graph exports


From   Paula Lackie <plackie@carleton.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Video from multiple graph exports
Date   Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:53:31 -0600 (CST)

Any Mac can "print to PDF" and there are a number of options for getting a PC to print to PDF. One reliable free version is "PDFCreator" 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 3:20:01 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: Re: st: Video from multiple graph exports

"Export the Stata graphs as PDF format.  (A feature only available
in the Mac version, I believe.)"

In Windows, -gr export- as .eps and use !epstopdf from your MikTeX 
distribution. Not much more effort than on the MAC...

HTH
Martin
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Hanson" <mshanson@mac.com>
To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 10:13 PM
Subject: Re: st: Video from multiple graph exports


> 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 can stop and  comment on 
> certain slides (the audience sees it as "freezing" the  animation), or go 
> back to a specific slide to answer questions.
>
> The caveat, given the details you have provided in your message:  my 
> process requires a Macintosh.  Specifically, it requires use of  Keynote, 
> Apple's presentation software available only for Mac OS X.
>
> Briefly, in three steps (though I am happy to provide details if 
> requested):
> 1. Export the Stata graphs as PDF format.  (A feature only available  in 
> 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 can  set 
> transition times on a per-slide basis, as you inquired.
>
> This whole process is very easy with Keynote, as it provides fine 
> controls for aligning the graphs and professional transitions between 
> slides.  Plus, since everything is done with PDF, you don't get those 
> "jaggies" (i.e. pixelation) that often afflict graphics in  PowerPoint. 
> Additionally, with Keynote you can export your  presentation 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
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