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SimMechanics™ visualization requires Silicon Graphics OpenGL® graphics support on your system to display and animate SimMechanics models.
You can improve your speed and graphics resolution by adding a graphics accelerator hardware card to your system. Animation of simulations is sensitive to central processor and graphics card speed and memory. Experiment with graphics hardware and system settings to find a reasonable compromise between quality and speed for your system.
You can record simulation animations in Microsoft Audio Video Interleave® (AVI) format using SimMechanics visualization. Animations are recorded as compressed AVI files with the default Motion JPEG codec. This codec is available on most operating systems.
To play back AVI files, you need an AVI-compatible media application. MATLAB® has an internal movie player compatible with AVI. You can also use an external AVI-compatible player.
You can extend the capability of SimMechanics using other physical modeling products found in the Simscape™ family. Each physical modeling product gives you a set of block libraries with which you can model common components found in industry and academia: rigid bodies, gears, valves, solenoids, etc.
With the physical modeling products, you can model not only mechanical systems, but also electrical, hydraulic, and power systems. You can model each system separately, and then integrate the systems into a single multiphysics model where you can analyze combined system performance.
The physical modeling family includes five products:
SimDriveline™, for modeling and simulating drivetrain systems
SimElectronics®, for modeling and simulating electronic systems
SimHydraulics®, for modeling and simulating hydraulic systems
SimMechanics, for modeling and simulating three-dimensional mechanical systems
SimPowerSystems™, for modeling and simulating electrical power systems