Animation Queries

Many people have asked about how I animate daily problems. In case you have any question feel free to ask. Thank you!

  • Software I use is Keynote, a mac application. For windows/Microsoft, one can use PPT. From keynote, I export it into a GIF format which can play the animations into the solution panel of brilliant
  • Time varies a lot. Simple animations such as moving, scaling, and rotating with precision generally take about 30 minutes or so. Longer animations obviously take more time, but not because of making but reviewing and solving errors (such as timing) in the animations.

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5 months, 1 week ago

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Okay1. What software 2. How much Time

Jaison Varghese - 5 months, 1 week ago

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  • Software I use is Keynote, a mac application. For windows/Microsoft, one can use PPT. From keynote, I export it into a GIF format which can play the animations into the solution panel of brilliant
  • Time varies a lot. Simple animations such as moving, scaling, and rotating with precision generally take about 30 minutes or so. Longer animations obviously take more time, but not because of making but reviewing and solving errors (such as timing) in the animations.

Mahdi Raza - 5 months, 1 week ago

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Then how do you post the keynote file?

Ewald G - 5 months, 1 week ago

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@Ewald G Ah! forgot to mention that I export it into GIF format. Thanks for asking

Mahdi Raza - 5 months, 1 week ago

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Thank you for sharing

Jaison Varghese - 5 months, 1 week ago

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@Jaison Varghese You are welcome. I will write a full detailed answer in some time! Thanks!

Mahdi Raza - 5 months, 1 week ago

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Hey how do you animate on keynote?

IHSAN IMRAN - 5 months, 1 week ago

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I will write a full detailed answer in some time! Thanks!

Mahdi Raza - 5 months, 1 week ago

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Thank you

IHSAN IMRAN - 5 months ago

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Hi, I think I can animate these things on Powerpoint too, but how do you export it to be used as a solution on the site? Do you make some sort of GIF from the animation? thx on helping. PS: maybe Keynote on Mac is easier on exporting?

patrick De Wachter - 5 months ago

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@Patrick De Wachter I don’t know about PPT, but there will be an option to export the presentation in GIF format by self-playing.

Mahdi Raza - 5 months ago

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@Mahdi Raza Hi, I can export the whole presentation (which I can reduce to only one slide with the animation of cource) to an mp4 video. I'm going to look for a way to convert an mp4 to a GIF.

patrick De Wachter - 5 months ago

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@Patrick De Wachter https://ezgif.com/video-to-gif From this website upload your mp4, and click convert. Save the GIF and add it to your explanation. Make sure it less than 10mb, or else you won’t be able to upload that. Good luck!

Mahdi Raza - 5 months ago

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And thank you!

Jack

Jack Leonard - 5 months, 1 week ago

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Mahdi, I too have enjoyed your animations and would appreciate knowing how you do them.

Jack

Jack Leonard - 5 months, 1 week ago

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I will write a full detailed answer in some time! Thanks!

Mahdi Raza - 5 months, 1 week ago

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How are you able to spend so much time on this? I guess you are either appearing for boards this year or you are a JEE aspirant. Isn't it?

Shubhrajit Sadhukhan - 5 months ago

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haha, true it should be that way. But I am in the IB board, where there is more time available to students for doing work. And from 3 months the schools are shut, so i do this almost all day!

Mahdi Raza - 5 months ago

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That's good!

Shubhrajit Sadhukhan - 4 months, 4 weeks ago

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@Shubhrajit Sadhukhan Thanks @Shubhrajit Sadhukhan

Mahdi Raza - 4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Does PowerPoint work just as well or Keynote is better?

Vinayak Srivastava - 5 months ago

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I haven't used PPT that much, but it should work fine i guess (or maybe even better). But i think you can do the same in PPT just like in keynote, because i use basic functions such as move, scale rotate and all. Keep in mind to use a combination of effects, timing and colours. Good luck!

Mahdi Raza - 5 months ago

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Thanks!

Vinayak Srivastava - 5 months ago

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Thank you for sharing this. I do enjoy your animations, @Mahdi Raza.

G Silb - 5 months ago

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Thank you for valuing that @G Silb!

Mahdi Raza - 5 months ago

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Mahdi, you are going to call me weird but, when I looked at your link in the problem to here, what occurred to me to ask was, how do you launch (and browse) discussions?

While thinking it a logical feature for the site, I never found anything resemble a forum of discussions on it. Maybe it doesn't resemble any format I'm familiar...

João Pedro Afonso - 5 months ago

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I made a discussion by going into the community tab and then tapped on "start a discussion"

Mahdi Raza - 4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Thank you. It sure is not anything like as I've seen before. Filtering is only done through a small set of categories, and there is no sense of time or authorship. We can launch a no-topic but that will only appear mixed in all...

João Pedro Afonso - 4 months, 4 weeks ago

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@João Pedro Afonso Sorry, i am not getting you. Are you trying to say that this discussion cannot be categorised? If so, i don't mind that, since it is only for those wanting to inquire about the animation if they like. This is not a math discussion which everyone wants so that's even better..

Mahdi Raza - 4 months, 4 weeks ago

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@Mahdi Raza I was commenting the overall design of the forum vs others. It might be for the better... without time or authorship, the pieces may stay tall and intemporal by their title alone. This way, the site invites to only place certain topics. But that may works again it also. Some topics may be difficult to categorize, others may be not so but their lack may hint discouragement. Take grievances or complains, for instance. It is hubris to believe those are never going to happen, nothing is perfect. Discussions like that may help people to vent their frustrations, showing what is solvable or what is recurrent. It's bad policy to mix them with other contents but that's apparently what's happening. Take your discussion. Are you going to put a link to it whenever you do an animation? An obvious category would be "Tools", and without that, "Other", but none exist...

João Pedro Afonso - 4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Hello Mahdi, I'm wondering what template I can use in powerpoint for things like math problems with the daily challenges. Hopefully you will reply to this soon.

Alan Vu - 1 month, 1 week ago

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Hi Alan, I don't have a specific template. I begin with a blank document import the image and work around it. For example this one:

I imported the image, used some basic functions with proper timing. And boom, there it is!

Mahdi Raza - 1 month, 1 week ago

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Can you give me a tutorial or send me a video

Alan Vu - 1 month, 1 week ago

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@Alan Vu Unfortunately, there are none available. But frankly, I didn't need or use a tutorial. Don't have the mentality of "best or nothing" when you begin with any skill. Explore basic tools and functions and try to understand what's going on in the process. That might give you more insight and allow you to make complex ones. I hope that helps a bit

P.S. If you find any tutorials, please post it here for me :)

Mahdi Raza - 1 month, 1 week ago

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@Mahdi Raza How do you upload to GIF

Alan Vu - 1 month, 1 week ago

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@Alan Vu Export the PPT file into a GIF. If that doesn't happen export it into a video. Now convert video to GIF using any tool online. Make sure it is less than 10mb so that you are able to upload it. All the best!

Mahdi Raza - 1 month, 1 week ago

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@Mahdi Raza How old are you cause I'm only nine years old

Alan Vu - 1 month, 1 week ago

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@Alan Vu

The base of the pink triangle is one half of the side length of the square. If the square shown has an area of 36, my age is equal to the area of the yellow quadrilateral? Figure out my age :)

Mahdi Raza - 1 month, 1 week ago

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@Mahdi Raza This is hard

Alan Vu - 1 month, 1 week ago

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@Alan Vu Since you have premium, here's the inspiration you'll be able to see. Or maybe a complete solution...

Mahdi Raza - 1 month, 1 week ago

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@Mahdi Raza Thank you

Alan Vu - 1 month, 1 week ago

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@Mahdi Raza Since this is scaled by a factor of 3, then does that mean you're 16.5 years old?

Alan Vu - 1 month, 1 week ago

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@Alan Vu The diagram's a bit different than the question I linked. Try again.

Mahdi Raza - 1 month, 1 week ago

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@Mahdi Raza ok

Alan Vu - 1 month, 1 week ago

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Your animations are amazing! Do you think it's hard to learn keynote?

Elliott Chen - 5 months ago

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Thank you Elliott :) Keynote is not at all hard to learn. I am not at all a teacher, but from what I have learnt is that over time you develop the skill to make a better animation in less time. In the start not everything will fit into place exactly but ask me if you have any queries! Good luck!

Mahdi Raza - 5 months ago

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