[Chimera-users] 2D panorama view of a 3D model

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Apr 28 07:50:35 PDT 2021

Hi Susanne,
I'm not too familiar with panorama views.  There is a "horizontal field of view" angle parameter in the Camera tool (menu: Tools... Viewing Controls... Camera) but it only allows going up to 179 degrees.

If you use ChimeraX instead of Chimera, there are some 360-degree modes, e.g. ChimeraX command "camera 360".  ChimeraX also allows setting the field-of-view parameter mentioned above.


As I understand it, however, these 360-degree views are mainly for recording movies to play back in virtual reality headsets.  An example of recording a 360-degree movie in ChimeraX is given here:

So, maybe neither of these things (360-degree view or setting wider field-of-view angle) is the same as the panorama view you had in mind.  If none of the settings in the Camera tool in Chimera give what you want, then as far as I know it is not possible to make a 2D panorama view directly in Chimera.
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                       
UCSF Chimera(X) team
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

> On Apr 27, 2021, at 10:55 PM, Kandolf,Susanne <susanne.kandolf at imp.ac.at> wrote:
> Hello, 
> I was wondering if it is possible to display a 3D model as a 2D panorama view?
> I would like to show all sides of a holoenzyme and instead of taking several pictures of each view,
> I thought it would be more convenient to have one picture displayed as panorama showing all sides at the same time.
> Thank you for your help, 
> Susanne

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