Animating the suns surface

I am trying to make a sun. I want the surface of the sun to be animated so that it swirls, expands and conveys all that stormy solar activity.

Hopefully this link will explain something of what I’m wanting to do:

Is animating the texture using Ofs the best way?

Any thoughts?

either that or something like an avi texture

animate the z offset, and another thing you can do is use ‘tex mesh’. this makes is so a duplicate mesh defines the texture coords, so you can do rvk on that mesh and get some really interesting effects. to use tex mesh, simply duplicate your mesh, then type the name of the mesh ( not the object ) into the tex mesh field of the original object. go into edit mode with the duplicate and move some vertices around just to get the idea.