Rotate 3D plot in PowerPoint

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I want to be able to rotate a 3D plot in powerpoint. I found a few exchange files that rotate a plot and save it as a gif, but the problem with that is they use a loop to rotate the image. My figure is complicated, and I do not know what angles I need to rotate through without looking. Put more simply, is there a way to rotate a plot using the hand tool and record an animation of that? (any movie type will do, I can convert it to something PowerPoint can use after I've made it). I realize that may be a tall order.
Alternatively, if there is a way to put an interactive plot in powerpoint (the computer used will have MATLAB installed) that would work too.
Thanks
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Matthew Anderson
Matthew Anderson on 19 Nov 2020
I really appreciate dmitry's suggestion.

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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 11 Jan 2013
Edited: Sean de Wolski on 11 Jan 2013
Thanks for giving my brain one last challenge before I shut it off for the week!
Here is something that seems to work. It starts a timer that gives you x amount of time to rotate the plot. It is recording the rotation. You can then feed the recording into the second function that plays it. Obviously, a lot of numbers here are hardwired (0.5, 500) etc. Right now you get 25 seconds at a frame rate of 20fps.
To record it:
function V2 = RecordRotation
surf(peaks);
n = 500;
V = zeros(n,2);
T = timer('period',0.05,'executionmode','fixedrate',...
'TimerFcn',@captureAzEl,'TasksToExecute',n);
rotate3d on
drawnow;
start(T);
drawnow;
wait(T);
V2 = V;
function captureAzEl(src,~)
cnt = get(src,'TasksExecuted');
[V(cnt,1), V(cnt,2)] = view;
drawnow;
end
end
And to play it:
function playRecording(V)
frame_period = 0.05;
n = length(V);
T = timer('period',frame_period,'executionmode','fixedrate',...
'TimerFcn',@playRecording,'TasksToExecute',n);
rotate3d on
drawnow;
start(T);
drawnow;
wait(T);
function playRecording(src,~)
cnt = get(src,'TasksExecuted');
view(V(cnt,1), V(cnt,2));
drawnow;
end
end
And then to run the whole thing:
v = RecordRotation;
playRecording(v);
Once the figure appears, you immediately have 25 seconds. After that, it regains control and tells it how to rotate.
Next week I'll polish this up with comments etc.
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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 15 Jan 2013
I'll take a loot at this later today.

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Shibo Zou
Shibo Zou on 17 Feb 2017
Edited: Shibo Zou on 17 Feb 2017
For those who come here to find ways to embed a real interactive 3D plot instead of just a gif in PowerPoint,
Please look at this script which helps embed a real interactive 3D plot in PDF. I suggest you convert your PowerPoint to PDF for presentation. Because the interactive 3D plot won't work if you transfer or embed the PDF in PowerPoint.

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