[Chimera-users] Flipping the map - resolution question

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Fri Jul 9 07:57:31 PDT 2021

Dear Dmitry,
No, "vop zflip" does not change the resolution.

Resampling on different grid points (vop resample) will decrease resolution.  However, "vop zflip" is not resampling, just reversing the order of the data planes.  The "vop resample" description links to that note about resampling and decreased resolution, but the "vop zflip" description does not.


(You may be interested to know that ChimeraX can also flip, command "volume flip"
<https://rbvi.ucsf.edu/chimerax/docs/user/commands/volume.html#flip>  )

I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                       
UCSF Chimera(X) team
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

> On Jul 9, 2021, at 1:42 AM, Dmitry Semchonok via Chimera-users <chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu> wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> I heard that flipping the map in Chimera with the command 
> vop zflip #
> will decrease the resolution of the map
> https://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimerax/docs/user/commands/volume.html#notes
> Did I understand that statement correctly? 
> If yes, how to flip the map without losing the quality (resolution)?
> Thank you
> Sincerely,
> Dmitry

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