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

Oliver Clarke olibclarke at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 10:01:28 PDT 2016

Looking into it further "animated PNGs" are apparently a thing that exists,
but they can't be edited with GIMP and the range of tools that one can use
to interconvert GIFs with e.g. MP4s does not seem to exist.


On Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 12:50 PM, Oliver Clarke <olibclarke at gmail.com>

> 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.
> Cheers,
> Oli
> 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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