The dots that make up the figures in the movie are the oxygen atoms in the molecule, Heinrich said.
The scientists took 242 still images that make up the movie's 242 frames.
Heinrich said the techniques used to make the movie are similar to what IBM is doing to make data storage smaller.
"As data creation and consumption continue to get bigger, data storage needs to get smaller, all the way down to the atomic level," he said.
Associated Press Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed to this report from Washington.