Another option is to invest in some screencast software ( and simply capture what's going on in the Jmol window.

Some of these programs (like ScreenFlow)  also have editing capabilities that allow you to annotate and smooth things out a bit (for example remove long loading times).

An example:

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On Jun 21, 2010, at 3:40 PM, Paul Pillot wrote:

The chimera software allows you to generate movies from such commands (the Jmol's "moveto" equivalent is called "fly" in chimera). You may not find an equivalent to all of Jmol's versatile commands (I haven't been able to make a smooth  scaling from vdw to ball & stick for example), but for most animations purposes it can be more than sufficient.


Le 21 juin 2010 à 15:20, Robert Hanson a écrit :

There is not a way to automatically create files from a moveto command. There is a way to create files from standard frame-based animation. For this you use "write frames". But the idea of writing a file for each step in a moveto operation is not available.

On Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 2:58 AM, Alexander Rose <> wrote:
Hi all,

I started looking into using jmol to create videos.

As I have understood so far, the approach is to create some scene (color, orientation, ...), issue a 'write image', create a new scene using jmol script, issue a 'write image', and so forth. Afterwards you need to concatenate the images to a movie. There are the nice moveto, navigate, zoomto commands, which create nice animations. Is there a way to use these to create images for a movies? Thanks.

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