QM as a tool to simulate movie’s FX

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Hi all!

I am not aware of any film producer making a budget for any film, for example, in Houdini FX. However, such budget can be developed in QM without difficulty. Plus, in QM you can simulate some movie effects, for example, this:
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– the digital rain in the Matrix movie style
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Below is QM-animation of the effect:
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Good luck.

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Cool! Thanks for being so active and creative. Please explain how you achieved that.

Tahir, I simple reproduced in QM Excel-model. See author’s explaining how to do it, pls. ( http://www.engineers-excel.com/Apps/Digital_Rain/Description.htm )

Thanks. How you get animation working in QM?

By doing change cells values ​​moving the slider thumb

Ok. It would be good to try to do a Bar Chart Race Animation. Any thoughts? Script is probably needed, but challenge is to move bars up and down.

I made such model with manual control via a slider. Model works correctly (including moving bars up and down), but not in real time. The reason is QM recalculates a model for ~4 seconds for each pass through a table with 61 k records…
As for automating a model with scripts, they will not help here. The reason is that the script engine and QM engine work according to the XOR scheme: either of them captures the allocated CPU time by 100%. This means that the script engine does not return its subtotals to a model (therefore, there will be no animation effect). This is my experience, but maybe there is some secret and it can be circumvented?

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Hey, all!
FYI, I found a way to implement a Bar Chart Race Animation in QM. The first method is based on calculating all parameters for each animation step on the fly. However, it turned out that QM requires significant model recalculation time (~4 sec per iteration step) to do this, so the smooth animation effect was not achieved.
The second way is based on the pre-calculation and subsequent storage of all the values of the parameters required for the animation. This method proved to be acceptable, but the pre-calculation time of all parameters is still significant (999 sec). However, such a pre-calculation for this particular model is done once a day.
Below I will introduce you to the results of the Bar Chart Race Animation in two options for setting up the Y-axes of the charts. The first option shows the animation in a fixed range of values for the Y-axis. The second option is in an unfixed one. This is the data I used in the model.
All chart’s stripes have the same color, so the up and down movements are observed by the chart’s Point Label.
So, let’s see.
I. STATICS.
1. The value range for the Y-axis is fixed.
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2. The value range for the Y-axis is NOT fixed.
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II. DYNAMICS
1. The value range for the Y-axis is fixed.
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2. The value range for the Y-axis is NOT fixed.
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The practical value of this lies in a possibility of building in QM Dashboard with daily indicators.
Good luck.

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Thank you for your time and efforts! Chart looks very good. Usually Bar Chart Race Animation in other applications shows movement the whole bar with its value and label. This is what I meant. You can see it here https://flourish.studio/2019/03/21/bar-chart-race/

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