[Chimera-users] Creating movies

mskeels at stlawu.edu mskeels at stlawu.edu
Sat May 15 12:02:44 PDT 2010


Thanks for your willingness to help.  The issue is during the playback of the movie.  When I play it back, I see the *entire* window, including tool bar and command line.  I'm trying to record the movie of *just* the protein window. I'm using chimera for linux.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Elaine Meng <meng at cgl.ucsf.edu>
Date: Sat, 15 May 2010 11:58:36 
To: Matthew Skeels<mskeels at stlawu.edu>
Cc: chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu BB<chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu>
Subject: Re: [Chimera-users] Creating movies

Hi Matt,
If you meant you don't want to show each command's effect separately,  
you can show only the combined result by putting commands together  
with semicolons (and this is usually done inside a Chimera command  
script file).  For example,

disp :ala
rep sphere :ala
color red :ala

would display alanines, change them to spheres, color them red in  
separate steps, whereas with the following,

disp :ala; rep sphere :ala; color red :ala

the alanines would appear as red spheres in a single step.  Chimera  
command scripts are just plain text files that contain the exact same  
commands you could enter at the Chimera Command Line.  Here is more  
information on Chimera command files, including exqmples:


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

On May 14, 2010, at 11:47 PM, Tom Goddard wrote:

> Hi Matt,
>  Not sure what you mean by "all my commands show during the movie".   
> Your second problem sounds like part of the image is corrupted and  
> that is most likely a graphics driver problem causing the saved  
> images to be wrong.  You might want to try a Chimera daily build  
> instead of the Chimera 1.4.1 production release because the daily  
> builds use a different image capture method that may work better on  
> your machine.
>  You might also look at the 2009 movie course material which is more  
> up-to-date than the 2008 material.
>    http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/tutorials/movies09/moviemaking.html
> Both 2008 and 2009 materials primarily use command scripts and that  
> is the recommended approach.
>    Tom
>> Hello,
>> I am fairly new to using chimera and created my first movie using  
>> command line syntax.  I am mostly pleased with the results, except  
>> for two things:
>> (1) I used the 'movie record' option and all my commands show  
>> during the movie.
>> (2) the right hand side of the image looks like 'snow'.
>> I followed similar instructions to the tutorial for ligand flying  
>> into unbound conformation from:
>> http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/tutorials/movies08/moviemaking.html
>> Should I be using a script instead?  Is there a better way to do  
>> this?
>> Thanks for any help.
>> Matt Skeels

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