WPF/XAML: Saving an animation as an AVI video file

In my previous post, I showed how to save a window or canvas as a PNG bitmap file. In this post I’m going to show how to save the animation in a Canvas as an AVI file.


First, add some animation.

var anim = new System.Windows.Media.Animation.DoubleAnimation(50, 400, TimeSpan.FromSeconds(10), System.Windows.Media.Animation.FillBehavior.HoldEnd);
var clock = anim.CreateClock();

Then save each frame as a PNG and stuff it into an AVI

This uses the AviFile code from “A Simple C# Wrapper for the AviFile Library” on CodeProject.

int dpi = 96;
int fps = 24;
int anim_length_in_secs = 5;
int num_total_frames = fps*anim_length_in_secs;

var secs = Enumerable.Range(0, num_total_frames).Select(t => (((double)t) / fps));
var aviManager = new AviFile.AviManager(filename, false);
AviFile.VideoStream aviStream = null;
foreach (var sec in secs)

    string temp_bitmap = "d:\\canvas_frame.png";
    util.SaveCanvas(this, this.canvas1, dpi, temp_bitmap);

    System.Drawing.Bitmap bm = new System.Drawing.Bitmap(temp_bitmap);
    if (aviStream == null)
        aviStream = aviManager.AddVideoStream(compress, fps, bm);




The sample application

The source code is attached.


Clicking Save Animation will create a file called “d:\canvas.avi” which will show the large ellipse moving from the left to the right.

Comments (3)

  1. JC Stevens says:

    Very cool. But the source code link is broken.

  2. Saveen Reddy says:

    @JC Stevens – Unfortunately due to a backup/restore error the zip file for this post and the post that came before were lost.

  3. Annie Leibovitz says:

    really awesome one. amazingly creates

    thanks for share

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