Animate and Record Results

Use the Animation Toolbar that appears at the bottom of the modeling window to animate and record results.

This toolbar appears when reviewing results for certain types of analyses, such as a motion or additive manufacturing analysis.

Animation Options

The animation options on the Analysis Explorer allow you to start and stop the animation and adjust basic settings.

Option Description
Play/Stop Animation Animate the selected result.
Animation Speed Change the speed of the animation.

Animation Toolbar

Use the animation toolbar to play, record, and configure the animation.

Figure 1. Animation Toolbar
Animation Settings
Click to open the Animation Settings.
Play and Record/Stop Recording
Click the button to begin recording the results; the icon changes to red to indicate that it is recording. Click the icon again to stop recording.
Start Animation/Pause Animation
Click the button to start or pause the animation. Use the arrow buttons to jump the first or last frame in the animation.
Move to First/Previous/Next/Last Step
These buttons allow you to step through the animation frame-by-frame. If you hold down the Previous or Next button, it will auto-repeat. If you want to skip frames, use the Increment By feature in the Animation Settings; hold Ctrl to temporarily override this behavior.
Drag the slider on the toolbar to view a particular point during the analysis; use the arrow keys to move frame-by-frame through the animation.
Current Step
Displays the current time or frame. You can also enter a value to go to the nearest time/frame.
Note: The animation toolbar has Previous and Next buttons with an auto-repeat feature, allowing you to step through the animation frame-by-frame by holding down the button. In addition, the Animation Settings include an option to Reverse Playback.

Animation Settings

Modify the animation settings from the animation toolbar.

Note: The Single and All operations Animation options are are not yet available for Inspire PolyFoam.
Figure 2. Animation Settings
Select whether to play the animation on a continuous Loop, Once, or Bounce (between forwards and backwards). Select the check box to Reverse Playback.
Set the units for the slider to either Time or Frame.
Increment By
Increase the value in the counter to skip frames during playback. The reset button restores the default value of 1.
Drag the slider to change the speed of the animation.
Scale Factor
Enter a custom value to change the scale of the animation. Generally the scale of a displacement is too small to see clearly, so auto scaling is enabled by default.
Recording Settings
The default Auto setting gives you an estimate of the duration of the recording at 30 frames per second. If your video plays back faster than you want, select Custom Duration to change the length of the video; this will adjust the frame rate to try to achieve the specified duration. The Custom Duration has a minimum value of 1 second, and maximum value of 30 seconds.

Animation Shortcuts

To Do this
Play and pause If the Play button is active, press the Spacebar.
Increment the slider

Use the arrow keys to move frame-by-frame through the animation, or position the cursor over the slider and use the scroll wheel.

Exit tool Right-click and mouse through the check mark to exit, or double-right-click.