[Chimera-users] Save as GIF (animated or otherwise)

Cristina Paulino c.paulino at bioc.uzh.ch
Tue Apr 26 09:56:27 PDT 2016


Hi Oliver,

To save the frames there is the option "resetMode". It's default is clear which will delete all the frames once the movie has converted. However if you use the command "resetMode keep" or "resetMode none" the frames will be saved. There is also the option to indicate in which file format the frames will be saved and you can even indicate a sub folder as path to save them. 
You find most of the options I mentioned here:
https://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/current/docs/UsersGuide/midas/movie.html

Best
Cristina

PS for editing purposes later I would like to have a transparent background. However all the option that I have found so far did not work. Has anyone successfully experienced doing it? 


> On 26.04.2016, at 17:55, Oliver Clarke <olibclarke at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> It would be very useful if Chimera (prob ChimeraX) was able to save either single frames, or, preferably, record movies in GIF format.
> 
> This is not so much out of a desire to make animated gifs (although these can be handy for presentations and use on the web), but more because it makes it very easy to create labeled movies in vector graphics programs (one can edit a single frame in a vector graphics program and then insert it and alter the duration in for example GIMP or similar), which can then be easily converted back to mp4. Otherwise adding labels and custom annotations to movies is a pain for a novice like me, though if any one has any suggestions for recommended software I'd love to hear them! I've tried using iMovie and found it incredibly frustrating for the kinds of simple things like to do - adding labels, boxes, arrows etc to highlight specific domains during a morph, for example.
> 
> At the moment I make a movie in chimera and convert it to a GIF using videoblend, edit in affinity designer and GIMP and then convert back to mp4 using online tools, but a more direct route would definitely be useful.
> 
> Cheers,
> Oliver.
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