[Chimera-users] [Fwd: Re: GIF animations in Chimera]

Thomas Goddard goddard at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Apr 9 14:12:36 PDT 2007

Miguel uses ImageMagick to make GIF animations from Chimera movie frames.


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Subject: Re: [Chimera-users] GIF animations in Chimera
Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2007 09:09:43 +0200
From: Miguel Ortiz-Lombardia
To: Tom Goddard

Hi Tom,

I make animated GIFs with Chimera by simply saving the frames and using
convert (from ImageMagick). I run an extremely simple script to do so
and the results are up to my needs.



En/na Tom Goddard ha escrit:
> Anyone interested in GIF animation output from Chimera?  Their main 
> appeal is that they play directly in most web browsers (like banner ads).
> It was easy to add to the Chimera movie recorder using ffmpeg which is 
> included in the Chimera distribution.  But ffmpeg uses a fixed color 
> palette causing severe color banding and does not offer LZW compression 
> resulting in large file sizes.  That option looks unusable.  I tried 
> another approach using a separate program called "gifsicle".  That gave 
> decent coloring and compression but it would require adding gifsicle to 
> the Chimera distribution.  I am reluctant to do that (entails future 
> maintenance) unless there is strong interest in making GIF animations.
>     Tom
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