[Chimera-users] on 2d label related movie command

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Oct 13 09:27:19 PDT 2015

Dear Smith,
Your two choices are 

(1) The regular 3D labels (flat but located in 3D space and move along with associated atoms), such as shown with the command “rlabel”, “label” or menu: Actions… Label.  For example, to label model 0 residue 50 in chain A, command: rlabel #0:50.a


(2) 2D labels (flat, located in 2D space and do not move along with atoms) such as created with the command “2dlabels” or 2D Labels graphical interface


The 2D labels are generally more attractive and there is more flexibility: you can have multiple labels of different colors and sizes, with arbitrary contents including symbols.  You can create, hide, show, fade-in, fade-out, and move these completely with the command.  Or, you can pre-make several labels with the graphical interface and save them along with your session.  Later (e.g. after restarting the session) you can hide and show the already created 2D labels with the command.

Example scripts with 2D labels…

This one is pretty short, just open in Chimera to see it execute, view text to see commands:

This one is a morphing movie in our Animation Gallery, links to both the movie and the script file:

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 Oct 13, 2015, at 8:22 AM, Smith Liu <smith_liu123 at 163.com> wrote:
> Dear All,
> By chimera is any method we label a residue in a protein after scaling-up around that residue in a movie?
> Best regards.
> Smith

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