All (or most of) the changes in scatter and quiver plots are (linearly) interpolated. On top top that, scatter plots and quiver plots can take a sequence of arrays (the first dimension), where only one array is visualized. Together this can make smooth animations with coarse timesteps. Lets see an example.

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import ipyvolume.pylab as p3
import numpy as np

Basic animation

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# only x is a sequence of arrays
x = np.array([[-1, -0.8], [1, -0.1], [0., 0.5]])
y = np.array([0.0, 0.0])
z = np.array([0.0, 0.0])
s = p3.scatter(x, y, z)
p3.xyzlim(-1, 1)
p3.animation_control(s) # shows controls for animation controls

You can control which array to visualize, using the scatter.sequence_index property. Actually, the pylab.animate_glyphs is connecting the Slider and Play button to that property, but you can also set it from Python.

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s.sequence_index = 1

Animating color and size

We now demonstrate that you can also animate color and size

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# create 2d grids: x, y, and r
u = np.linspace(-10, 10, 25)
x, y = np.meshgrid(u, u)
r = np.sqrt(x**2+y**2)
print("x,y and z are of shape", x.shape)
# and turn them into 1d
x = x.flatten()
y = y.flatten()
r = r.flatten()
print("and flattened of shape", x.shape)
x,y and z are of shape (25, 25)
and flattened of shape (625,)

Now we only animate the z component

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# create a sequence of 15 time elements
time = np.linspace(0, np.pi*2, 15)
z = np.array([(np.cos(r + t) * np.exp(-r/5)) for t in time])
print("z is of shape", z.shape)
z is of shape (15, 625)
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# draw the scatter plot, and add controls with animate_glyphs
s = p3.scatter(x, z, y, marker="sphere")
p3.animation_control(s, interval=200)
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# Now also include, color, which containts rgb values
color = np.array([[np.cos(r + t), 1-np.abs(z[i]), 0.1+z[i]*0] for i, t in enumerate(time)])
size = (z+1)
print("color is of shape", color.shape)
color is of shape (15, 3, 625)

color is of the wrong shape, the last dimension should contain the rgb value, i.e. the shape of should be (15, 2500, 3)

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color = np.transpose(color, (0, 2, 1)) # flip the last axes
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s = p3.scatter(x, z, y, color=color, size=size, marker="sphere")
p3.animation_control(s, interval=200)

Creating movie files

We now make a movie, with a 2 second duration, where we rotate the camera, and change the size of the scatter points.

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def set_view(figure, framenr, fraction):
    p3.view(fraction*360, (fraction - 0.5) * 180)
    s.size = size * (1+0.5*np.sin(fraction * 6 * np.pi))'wave.gif', set_view, fps=20, frames=40)
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# include the gif with base64 encoding
import IPython.display
import base64
with open('wave.gif', 'rb') as gif:
    url = b"data:image/gif;base64," +base64.b64encode(