[Chimera-users] Save as GIF (animated or otherwise)

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Apr 26 09:20:36 PDT 2016

Why GIF?  Typical GIFs are limited to 256 colors.  Why not PNG, which is 
full color, compressed and lossless?  Or JPEG which is full color and 
compressed even more?  Ideally, there should be no new GIF format files.

     -- Greg

On 4/26/2016 8:55 AM, Oliver Clarke wrote:
> Hi,
> It would be very useful if Chimera (prob ChimeraX) was able to save 
> either single frames, or, preferably, record movies in GIF format.
> This is not so much out of a desire to make animated gifs (although 
> these can be handy for presentations and use on the web), but more 
> because it makes it very easy to create labeled movies in vector 
> graphics programs (one can edit a single frame in a vector graphics 
> program and then insert it and alter the duration in for example GIMP 
> or similar), which can then be easily converted back to mp4. Otherwise 
> adding labels and custom annotations to movies is a pain for a novice 
> like me, though if any one has any suggestions for recommended 
> software I'd love to hear them! I've tried using iMovie and found it 
> incredibly frustrating for the kinds of simple things like to do - 
> adding labels, boxes, arrows etc to highlight specific domains during 
> a morph, for example.
> At the moment I make a movie in chimera and convert it to a GIF using 
> videoblend, edit in affinity designer and GIMP and then convert back 
> to mp4 using online tools, but a more direct route would definitely be 
> useful.
> Cheers,
> Oliver.
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