[Chimera-users] Creating movies

Tom Goddard goddard at cgl.ucsf.edu
Sat May 15 12:05:25 PDT 2010

Hi Matthew,

   The movie images including the command-line is very weird -- never 
heard of that happening before.  It is almost certainly a graphics 
driver problem.  You can try a Chimera daily build which uses a 
different image capture method.  Also you can report the bug with the 
version you are using Chimera menu entry Help / Report a Bug....  That 
will give us information about your graphics card and driver that may 
help us advise you further.


> Tom,
> Thanks for the note -- regarding "all my commands show during the 
> movie" --
> When I use the command line interface, the entire chimera window gets 
> recorded, not the viewing window with the protein.  When I play back 
> the movie, I see the tool bar complete with the command line.    I 
> even get to watch the text appear in the command line as it was 
> entered.  I am using the linux version and will take the opportunity 
> to try the daily build.
> Thanks for the help.  I'll keep you updated.
> Cheers,
> Matthew
> Tom Goddard wrote:
>> Hi Matt,
>>   Not sure what you mean by "all my commands show during the movie".  
>> Your second problem sounds like part of the image is corrupted and 
>> that is most likely a graphics driver problem causing the saved 
>> images to be wrong.  You might want to try a Chimera daily build 
>> instead of the Chimera 1.4.1 production release because the daily 
>> builds use a different image capture method that may work better on 
>> your machine.
>>   You might also look at the 2009 movie course material which is more 
>> up-to-date than the 2008 material.
>>     http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/tutorials/movies09/moviemaking.html
>> Both 2008 and 2009 materials primarily use command scripts and that 
>> is the recommended approach.
>>     Tom
>>> Hello,
>>> I am fairly new to using chimera and created my first movie using 
>>> command line syntax.  I am mostly pleased with the results, except 
>>> for two things:
>>> (1) I used the 'movie record' option and all my commands show during 
>>> the movie.
>>> (2) the right hand side of the image looks like 'snow'.
>>> I followed similar instructions to the tutorial for ligand flying 
>>> into unbound conformation from:
>>> http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/tutorials/movies08/moviemaking.html
>>> Should I be using a script instead?  Is there a better way to do this?
>>> Thanks for any help.
>>> Matt Skeels

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