[Chimera-users] How to create an animation as just the series of pictures ?

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Nov 2 12:37:34 PDT 2011

Hi Marek,
Yes, you can simply keep the individual images and use them in some other program.

If you are using the Movie Recorder graphical tool, the directory and filename pattern for these image files can be set in the Frame Options section.  If you simply Record for a while and then Stop (without making movie) the files will be there.  If you intend to "Make movie" but also want to keep the files, uncheck "Reset after encode" before making the movie.

You can do the same stuff with various options of the "movie" command, 

... namely "movie record" options "directory" and "pattern" to control location and filename pattern:

Using "movie record" and then "movie stop" generates the image files without making the movie.  If you want to also make the movie you would use the "movie encode" with 
option "resetMode keep" or "resetMode none":

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 Nov 2, 2011, at 11:10 AM, Marek Maly wrote:

> Hello,
> I am just wondering if it is possible to save instead of movie
> simply just series of high quality pictures (for example to create
> consequently high quality GIF animations).
> Unfortunately I didn't find this possibility in "movie recorder" utility.
>   Any suggestions ?
>      Thanks in advance for any comments !
>       Best wishes,
>           Marek

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