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

Tom Goddard goddard at sonic.net
Fri Apr 30 11:16:00 PDT 2021

Hi Susanne,

  Do you have an example image of a 360 degree molecule panorama image?  Years ago I tried to make such a thing but did not produce anything good.  If you think of a rectangular map of the world which flattens a 360 degree picture of the surface of the earth you may think it can work.  But the earth is a sphere, the surface has negligible variation in height, while a molecule has residues at all different depths.  So if you try to do the same type of image with a molecule the different parts get wildly different magnifications and it does not look useful.


> On Apr 28, 2021, at 7:50 AM, Elaine Meng <meng at cgl.ucsf.edu> wrote:
> 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.
> <https://www.rbvi.ucsf.edu/chimera/docs/UsersGuide/sideview.html#camera>
> 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.
> <https://rbvi.ucsf.edu/chimerax/docs/user/commands/camera.html>
> 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:
> <https://rbvi.ucsf.edu/chimerax/docs/user/vrphone.html>
> 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
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> 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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