Once you've made a pretty plot in Matlab, making an animation might help you understand temporal phenomena. Making an animation is super easy in matlab, weither you're working with figures or images. There are two methods to do this, but the most robust is using the VideoWriter class. It's compatible with all versions of quicktime on both Mac and PC. Here's how you do it:
1) Initialize your animation
vidObj = VideoWriter('Movie.avi'); vidObj.FrameRate=23; open(vidObj);
Note: I don't go below 23 Hz, or videos start to look choppy.
for i=1:100 %do something %add the image to your movie: f = im2frame(Img); writeVideo(aviobj,f); %Or Plot something, then Add to Movie: plot(x,y); f = getframe; writeVideo(vidObj,f);
Note: I prefer the im2frame option if at all possible for a lot of my work, although the getframe method is the only method that works for plots.
For the getframe method, it's important to note that while the loop is running, you can't open up other windows on top of the figure window that is making the movie, or they'll show up in your movie. (E.g., don't start browsing the web while your figure is running, or all your web surfing will show up in your animation)
3) Close the animation
4) Enjoy! - the video will be saved in the working matlab directory