[Chimera-users] Chimera movie

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Jun 18 16:07:51 PDT 2012

On Jun 18, 2012, at 3:40 PM, Vladimir Kuznetsov wrote:

> Hi Elaine,
> I'm trying to make a movie using Chimera. The basic outline is as follows: a homo-dimer is dissociating into monomers, then focus on one of the monomers rearranging into a compact form. I think I could record the dissociation step with "savepos/fly" option, and morphing works for the second step. Is it possible to stitch them together for a single QuickTime file?
> Thank you for your time,
> Vlad Kuznetsov
> (Sacchettini lab, Texas A&M University)   

Hi Vlad,
Instead of combining two movie files into one movie file (it must be possible, but I don't have experience with that), I would just do everything in one Chimera movie content script.  You could either do the savepos and morphing in the same or a different script before starting recording, or do it interactively and save the session.  Then restore session if you had saved a session, and execute your recording script, in which you can use fly and other movement commands (move, turn, ...) as well as the coordset command to play the morph.


There is an example movie and associated Chimera script in the Animation Gallery, see "Ball-and-socket motion" currently the 6th one down:


I cc'd chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu since this answer might help others (it's generally better to send questions there than to me directly, unless you are including private data).

Good luck with making a beautiful movie!  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

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