Movie Recorder Movie Recorder icon

Movie Recorder captures image frames from Chimera and assembles them into a movie file. Movies of trajectories can be recorded with MD Movie. See also: Animation, making movies, tips on preparing images

There are several ways to start Movie Recorder, a tool in the Utilities category. It is also implemented as the command movie.

Any desired adjustments in the window size or Frame Options should be made before recording is started. The window size is reported as Resolution in the status area of the dialog. The window can be resized manually or with the command windowsize. On certain platforms, other windows should not overlap the Chimera graphics window during recording (details...). This is not an issue when raytracing is used.

On the Movie Recorder dialog, clicking Record initiates frame capture and changes the button to Stop. Clicking Stop halts frame capture. Frame capture can be restarted by clicking Record again. This can be repeated until the desired segments have been saved. Reset resets the frame counter to zero and (unless Save images on Reset has been set to true) deletes the frames.

Clicking Make movie initiates encoding the saved frames into a movie file. During encoding, the button changes to Cancel movie, which can be clicked to halt the process. When the movie is fully assembled, a reset will occur unless Reset after encode has been turned off. Output settings:

Frame Options: Movie Options: Close dismisses the Movie Recorder dialog. Image Tips shows the tips on preparing images, and Help opens this manual page in a browser window.
UCSF Computer Graphics Laboratory / December 2021