[Chimera-users] 3-D

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Mar 2 09:46:39 PST 2011

Hi Jason,
It depends on the capabilities of your computer.  There are a few different kinds of stereo, and they work with different kinds of glasses.   In Chimera, if you choose "Tools... Viewing Controls... Camera" from the menu there will be a "camera mode" setting with several options.  More explanation of these options:


If you can do cross-eye or wall-eye viewing, that doesn't require glasses, but it is tiring and possibly headache-inducing.

I don't know what corresponds to "standard 3D glasses" but perhaps they were used with some computer that has sequential stereo capabilities.  You could try choosing that option, but your computer may not be able to do it.

The "poor man's stereo" that basically any computer used for Chimera can do is "red-cyan" -- you would need a pair of  glasses with one lens red plastic and the other blue or cyan (usually cheapo cardboard glasses, sometimes these even came in cereal boxes).  It limits the range of colors you have available, and may be headache-inducing after a while, but will do in a pinch and can be fun to put on a poster.  See the link above for suggestions of colors that work well in this mode. 

I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D. 
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

On Mar 1, 2011, at 7:48 PM, Jason Bouvier wrote:

> Hi, how do I view proteins in 3-D in Chimera?  And would I use standard 3-D glasses or are special ones required?  I viewing in stereo with some old 3-D glasses that I had around but to no avail.
> Thank you.
> Cordially,
> Jason Bouvier

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