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

Oliver Clarke olibclarke at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 09:50:25 PDT 2016

For ease of editing. I don't know an easy way to edit MP4 files frame by
frame and add labels etc, whereas it is straightforward for GIF files, and
for many animations (e.g. a simple density map or model morph) I don't need
more than 256 colors. If animated jpegs or png exist I would be happy with
that too, but I wasn't aware of such.


On Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 12:20 PM, Greg Couch <gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu> wrote:

> 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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