[Chimera-users] scens/movies rendered with povray

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Mar 3 16:16:57 PST 2008

Hi Klaas,
Here is the Chimera documentation page Greg mentioned:


Near the bottom are links to two pages at Microsoft about movie/ 
PowerPoint issues.

However, I just looked at these pages and don't see anything relating  
to a movie that first plays fine and then won't play, assuming you  
haven't changed your system in the meanwhile.  They seem to relate to  
cases where the movie has never played correctly.  I'm curious:  if  
you exit from PowerPoint and then reopen the presentation, then will  
the movie play, or does it stop working "forever"?
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                          meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

On Mar 3, 2008, at 4:07 PM, Greg Couch wrote:

>> P.S.: if you know why powerpoint would play a movie fine 3 or 4  
>> times in
>> a row and then fail after that (nothing else changes, except maybe
>> time), please let me know.
> Hello,
> We don't have a simple way to change the POV-ray finish.  What you  
> could
> do today, is to use chimera's x3dsave command to export your scene  
> as a
> X3D file, next run CHIMERA/bin/x3d2pov to convert it to a .pov  
> file, and
> then edit the result.  If the editting is done by a program, you could
> invoke it and x3d2pov with chimera's system command, so all of the
> commands could be in a command script.  FYI, I will be deprecating the
> x3dsave command with a more general export command that will let you
> export directly to .pov before for the next production release.
> As for PowerPoint, we have a list of troubleshooting web links in the
> Chimera documentation on "Making Movies".  If you have already done  
> what
> they recommend and it didn't help, we like to know.
>  	Greg Couch
>  	UCSF Computer Graphics Lab

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