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About the Capture Dialog Box
You can save analysis results as an .mpeg or an .avi file, or as a series of .jpeg, .tiff or .bmp files. To do so, you must first play a result set from the Playbacks dialog box. Click Capture on the Animate dialog box to open the Capture dialog box.
Name—Accept the default name (the extension is determined by the file type), or type another name. The file is saved in the current working directory. To change the default directory or overwrite an existing file, click Browse and select the directory or file.
Type—Accept the default .mpeg type if you want to save the animation as a single .mpeg file, or choose another format.
If you select another format, the animation is saved as a series of files named filename_x, where x is a consecutive number starting with 1. Select an option on the Preferences tab of the Analysis Definition dialog box to change the number of frames in your analysis.
Use external animation software to create an animation from the individual frames.
If you select avi as the format, you can set the compression rate.
Image size—The default width and height values are the dimensions of the current graphics window. These values will not change if you resize the graphics window while the Capture dialog box is open.
* You must set photorender options before capturing an animation. In Assembly mode, select Render > Render Setup and set values. For more information, search for photorender in the Help Center.
Lock aspect ratio—Click this check box to ensure that the width-to-height ratio remains the same when you resize the graphics window.
Click the Photorender frames check box to use photorendering while recording your animation.
Frame rate—Set the frame rate at which to record an .mpeg or an .avi file.
Compression—If you have selected avi as the format, choose Select from list to open the Video Compression dialog box. Choose a video setting from the list and then configure the compression as required, or accept the default Uncompressed.
Compression settings cannot be undone once the video clip has been captured.
AVI capture can fail for a variety of reasons. Make sure that all compression settings have been correctly configured or consult the relevant video software.
Click OK to begin recording.