[Chimera-users] 3D movies for projects
kay_jay at earthlink.net
Mon Jan 30 23:56:58 PST 2017
On 01/30/2017 02:16 PM, Tom Goddard wrote:
> Hi Kenward,
> There are various movie outputs from Chimera that could be viewed in
> a VR headset, none of them will produce the 360 degree stereoscopic
> movie that ChimeraX can for an immersive view with depth perception.
> Here are the lesser Chimera options.
> 1) Just record a normal mono movie and play it in the headset. This
> is pointless — just a low resolution way to view a normal (narrow
> field of view, no depth) movie.
> 2) Record left eye and right eye movies separately using the Chimera
> camera modes "stereo left eye” and “stereo right eye” in the Camera
> panel (menu Tools / Viewing Controls / Camera). Probably also
> should set the field of view pretty wide. I have made this type of
> movie pair and played them on a stereo capable flat panel or
> projector using the Bino 3d video player or Stereoscopic Player (from
> 3dtv.at <http://3dtv.at>). They can probably be played on a VR
> headset — you would need to find an app that can take the two eye
> views as separate movies. I have not played left/right movie pairs.
> 3) You can try to make a side-by-side left/right eye movie.
> Recording a wall-eye movie in Chimera 1 might work but I have not
> tried. Alternatively you can use ffmpeg or some other video
> compositing software to join separately recorded left/right eye
> movies into a single side-by-side movie. VR headset players handle
> SBS movies. I have used Virtual Desktop for desktop VR and
> MobileVRStation for cellphone VR.
> None of the above Chimera options make use of the wide field of view
> in VR and the ability to look to the sides and behind you. For
> that you need 360 degree recording which Chimera 1 does not do but
> ChimeraX does do. This isn’t quite true, Chimera 1 can do fish-eye
> dome recording, and some of the VR players can handle that I think,
> and you could probably make a monoscopic dome movie that could be
> played on a VR headset where you can look in all directions with no
> depth. A stereoscopic version won’t be possible in Chimera 1 because
> the two eye views depend on the direction you are looking in —
> Chimera 1 is not able to render that, while ChimeraX can do that.
> So you possibly can record movies with depth and limited field of
> view, or wide field of view without depth in Chimera 1, but since we
> can have both features in ChimeraX I have only worked on it in
I have several headsets on order now to play with, and will try a number
of these suggestions. My basic goal is finding a way for the students
to re-create what they do in the 3D computer lab for people outside in a
presentation to see, overlaid with their patter about what the images
If I can work through some of the nuances to deriving a ChimeraX scene
appropriate to their level, that will definitely escalate the
possibilities for them. Just generating a basic view in itself may be
an unforeseen (but not unwelcome!) pièce de résistance ...
Thank you for this list of possibilities!
>> On Jan 28, 2017, at 2:25 PM, Kenward Vaughan wrote:
>> On 01/27/2017 09:46 AM, Tom Goddard wrote:
>>> Hi Kenward,
>>> We have been trying virtual reality headsets (HTC Vive, Oculus
>>> Rift, cellphone) with ChimeraX our next generation version of
>>> Chimera. Here's a description
>>> With the desktop systems you can walk through the scene and move
>>> it and zoom it with hand controllers. For cellphone VR you can
>>> record stereoscopic 360 degree scenes or movies in ChimeraX for
>>> playback with a cellphone headset. I've been exploring cellphone
>>> VR the last few weeks - I found my iPhone 5 (2012) is not up to
>>> the task (can't play 4k movies)-- it probably takes a high-end
>>> modern (> 2014) phone like a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S7 do get
>>> smooth playback, don't have one to try, I get nauseating latency
>>> and jerkiness looking around a scene using my old phone. The
>>> main limitation of prerecorded scenes is you don't control the
>>> view point, whereas with desktop VR with ChimeraX doing the
>>> rendering on the fly you can walk around inside the molecule.
>> Thanks for the input, Tom. I've been playing with ChimeraX now
>> and find that there are features still missing (understandably)
>> which will limit the presentation, such as not having zone
>> selection with extend, hbonds, and something equivalent to focus.
>> While I may be able to come up with their rough equivalents to
>> achieve the desired results, I'm not sure my students would be up
>> to the task. The idea is to make it a bit of a challenge but more
>> importantly to be fun seeing things come together relatively
>> Back to Chimera itself--can a side-by-side movie be generated
>> which would work in a VR setup? If so, what sorts of changes might
>> we look for in the settings for the camera (eye separation, screen
>> distance, etc.)??
>> This moves away from the immersion experience but still could
>> easily bring a student's presentation outside to the masses to
>> On Jan 26, 2017, at 9:11 PM, Kenward Vaughan
>>>> t <mailto:kay_jay at earthlink.net>>> wrote:
>>>> I'm developing a project for my class which feels like it's
>>>> taking on Chimera (as in the creature) like proportions for the
>>>> students. The thought is to have presentations of their
>>>> visualization studies presented in a conference like setting at
>>>> our school, open to all students.
>>>> The question that has pounced into my thoughts is the
>>>> possibility of using some settings within Chimera allowing them
>>>> to record a movie (even as simple as a screen capture) which
>>>> can then be played using an Oculus headset (or similar) with a
>>>> This would be a simple way to get the technology out into the
>>>> street, so to speak.
>>>> I do not yet have one of these myself so really don't know this
>>>> first hand, but thought using wall-eye stereo made sense...??
>>>> Has anyone tried this, hopefully successfully?
>>>> ps. Is there a way to use the phone as a monitor so one can
>>>> manipulate the images via an external device, or use a
>>>> Bluetooth hand controller? (I expect this is not possible given
>>>> the graphics constraints of phones...) -- In a completely
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ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone
could have. - Lee Iacocca
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