From: John Stone (
Date: Tue Sep 23 2003 - 10:53:08 CDT

Dear Ross,
  There are various mechanisms for doing animations in VMD.
If you just want simple "rotation" or "trajectory" movies, you can
use the 'vmdmovie' extension found in the most recent versions of VMD.
If you want to do something much more custom with zooming and rotations
coordinated together in a detailed fashion, one would presently need to
write a script to drive the animation process. There are a few example
scripts in the VMD script library that should prove useful for this

If you're looking to do something that requires techniques not covered by
the scripts above, let me know and I can give you further suggestions.

In the long term, I intend to add keyframe animation capabilities to the
'vmdmovie' extension, which would make it much easier to do more sophisticated
animations with VMD.

  John Stone

On Tue, Sep 23, 2003 at 08:04:25AM -0400, Ross J. Toedte wrote:
> Has anyone done keyframe animations with dynamic molecular structures
> (atomic positions and bond angles changing with time)? I am interested
> in setting up a canned demo driven by scripts to translate the eyepoint
> around the structure and control the playing and stopping of time to
> zoom into features.
> Thanks,
> Ross
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> Oak Ridge National Laboratory
> Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6017
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