[Chimera-users] Chimera export to VRML?
mryan1 at nc.rr.com
Mon Dec 15 17:49:11 PST 2003
Thanks for your answer, Eric:
> perhaps you could describe why you want MSMS info in VRML format?
> There could be a better alternative available than writing the
> conversion routine.
I develop educational stuff--you might know one of my recent outings,
"Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry 3e" (4e to appear in a couple
months). I'm the development editor of that book for Freeman, and I'm
branching out on my own into motion graphics to animate the things we
talk about in the book. For molecular animations I convert pdb files
into formats that professional 3D graphics programs can read. I can
output b&s and vdW models into usable formats in a variety of ways, but
right now the only route I know of for porting molecular surfaces into
a 3D app is WebLab->VRML->3D app--imperfect for a variety of reasons
(expensive, PC only, minimal access to surface parameters, etc). VMD
exports VRML, but the output files are _gigantic_ and can't be read
anyway by any 3D app I've tried. What I crave is a route that would let
me tune a macromolecular surface with MSMS in a nimble app like
Chimera, export it into VRML, and open it in any 3D app that reads VRML
files (most of them). Possible?
I'm afraid my programing skills are far too primitive to do this
myself. So how can one get surfaces for enzymes--for the
ribosome!--into a format that 3D apps can read? Your counsel will be
greatly appreciated! Morgan
On Dec 15, 2003, at 5:24 PM, Eric Pettersen wrote:
> On Friday, December 12, 2003, at 03:34 PM, Morgan Ryan wrote:
>> VRML seems to be a native internal format for (the magnificent)
>> Chimera. Is it possible to export VRML models from Chimera? Or do you
>> worldly folks know of a mechanism for converting msms output into
>> vrml files?
>> Thanks! Morgan Ryan, enthusiastic amateur
> Hi Morgan,
> Although VRML is one of the model types that Chimera supports, we
> don't convert MSMS output into VRML. It is instead made into its own
> model type (MSMSModel) so that we can preserve information about the
> correspondence between surface points and atoms, which would be lost
> if we had used a VRML model.
> A Python routine _could_ be written that would convert the MSMSModel
> information into its VRML equivalent, but before "going there" perhaps
> you could describe why you want MSMS info in VRML format? There could
> be a better alternative available than writing the conversion routine.
> Eric Pettersen
> UCSF Computer Graphics Lab
> pett at cgl.ucsf.edu
W H Freeman
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mryan at whfreeman.com
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