[Chimera-users] Making movies

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Mar 17 08:53:39 PDT 2009

On Mar 16, 2009, at 10:13 PM, yimnai forlemu wrote:
> Hello Elaine,
> I have a quick question and was wondering whether I can use chimera  
> to archieve my goals.I have ran a BD simulation and saved  
> trajectories of my particles. My question is whether it is possible  
> for me to use chimera to create a movie from the BD simulations  
> trajectory data.If yes please could you just direct me to the  
> tutorial that can help me accomplish that goal.
> Thanks
> Neville

Hi Neville,
I don't know what "BD simulation" is.  Chimera's "MD Movie" tool can  
read trajectory output from several programs:

If you have one of those formats, or can convert your output to one of  
those formats (for example, multiple PDB files), MD Movie can show the  
trajectory.  You can control how the molecules look in Chimera as you  
normally do, then use "File... Record movie" from the MD Movie dialog  
to create a movie.

This tutorial uses the MD Movie tool to do various things, including  
saving a movie:

There are other ways to save a movie (not necessarily using the MD  
Movie tool).  This page has more general information including links  
to example scripts and other movie-making tutorials:

I hope this helps,

P.S. For a reliable response, please send mail to chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu 
  rather than to me directly.  If you send mail to only me and I'm run  
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