OverlordAlex OverlordAlex - 9 months ago 539
Linux Question

Matplotlib-Animation "No MovieWriters Available"

Under Linux, I've been checking out matplotlib's animation class, and it seems to work except that I cant initialise the movie writer to write out the movie.

Using either of the examples:

results in the error "RuntimeError: No MovieWriters available!"

Im using matplotlib version 1.3.x and have installed (hopefully) all the codecs.

Can someone please suggest as to why I get this error? If its a codecs issue, which codecs (+versions) should I install?
If its something else that's broken, is there an alternative for creating animations in python?


Had the same problem....managed to get it to work after a little while.

Thing to do is follow instructions on installing FFmpeg - which is (at least on windows) a bundle of executables you need to set a path to in your environment variables


Download the exes from here.


Hope this helps someone - even after a while after the question - good luck