[Chimera-users] Scripted registration of a perframe python script

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Jun 17 10:27:18 PDT 2015

Hi Kersey,
I can’t advise on the python, but seems to me that it would be much easier to develop your movie content as a Chimera command script instead.  Chimera commands are thoroughly documented, and there are several examples of Chimera command scripts for movie content.  After you’ve scripted out the content, you can add the “movie” command to do the actual recording and encoding into a movie 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 Jun 17, 2015, at 8:54 AM, Kersey Black <kblack at kecksci.claremont.edu> wrote:

> Hi,
> I have been 'opening' a python script file from within Chimera to start a session and 
> in that script I open the MovieDialog manager (mdm) and read in a pdb with 
> a series of models to be viewed as a trajectory.
> That part is working thanks to help from other responses in chimera-users.
> To modify the molecule (color, etc) it seems like 
> the mdm.ensemble.molecule is giving me the access, though that may
> not be the right approach for my needs, because it seems to act on all
> frames.
> What I would like to do, from within this same initial python script, is
> to apply/register a perframe (also in python) script to control things like color on a frame by frame
> basis.  
> I would like to do this as a way of keeping all 
> of the setup in a single script file such that then I just need to record the movie
> manually, or perhaps there is a way to do this also from the script.  
> Thanks much for any help and/or direction to documentation on the python api to the 
> MovieDialog that allows control of these functions.
> Kersey

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