Oops; my sentence should have read "is *not* derived from an artist".
Yes, I was wondering about that. I was actually looking though the
artist.py and contour.py source code when your message came in.
The following monkey patch fixes it in the example script (obviously,
it does not fix the underlying problem; for QuadContourSet to be
usable in this context, it needs to obey the artist interface).
Hopefully, it will be enough to get you up and running. Just add the
four lines between contour call and the appending of the output of
contour() into the list "ims", and also put an "import types" at the
OK, types is a new part of the Python library for me, I'll have to go
learn about it. It looks like you basically just subclassed the
QuadContourSet object through a back door, by giving it the missing
Your patch solves one of two animation problems, and I offer a
suggestion about how to fix the second (with questions).
The program gets as far as ani.save() on line 29 without generating any
errors. An MP4 file showing animated contours is written to disk. The
origin of the contour plot is in the lower left, versus the upper left
of the original imshow() call, but that's expected.
When you get to plt.show() on line 31, however:
Traceback (most recent call last):
"/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/matplotlib/backends/backend_gtk.py", line 127, in _on_timer
line 1091, in _on_timer
ret = func(*args, **kwargs)
line 317, in _step
still_going = Animation._step(self, *args)
line 179, in _step
line 199, in _draw_next_frame
line 222, in _post_draw
line 236, in _blit_draw
bg_cache[a.axes] = a.figure.canvas.copy_from_bbox(a.axes.bbox)
AttributeError: QuadContourSet instance has no attribute 'figure'
Since the error was occurring inside blit_draw, I tried altering the
animation.ArtistAnimation() call on line 27, letting blit default to
False. This resulted in a successful on-screen rendering, as well as a
saved file on the disk. Mission accomplished! Though perhaps at the
sacrifice of some speed.
Is this error occurring because there is no bit-mapped representation of
a contour object? If so, what should matplotlib do? Make the user be
aware that blit cannot be used with contour objects, as I just learned?
Or, alternately, make sure that animations respond intelligently to the
objects passed to them?
Many thanks again to everyone who is working through this with me!
On Sun, 2011-11-13 at 13:26 -0500, Daniel Hyams wrote:
On Sunday, November 13, 2011, Daniel Hyams <dhyams@...287...> wrote: