[Chimera-users] 3-D

Jason Bouvier jbouvier at illinois.edu
Wed Mar 2 09:59:08 PST 2011

Hi Elaine,

Great!  Thank you.  I will try again.


-----Original Message-----
From: Elaine Meng [mailto:meng at cgl.ucsf.edu] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 11:47 AM
To: Jason Bouvier
Cc: chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu
Subject: Re: [Chimera-users] 3-D

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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