Assuming that you are using the most recent PyMOL 1.2 beta build, first create a Scene for each display you wish to show. 


(To do that, show everything the way you want and then select “Append” from the “Scene” menu.  Repeat the process for each view / color / representation you wish to show.  You can PgUp / PgDown through defined Scenes.)


Then, to create the movie, select “Program -> Scene Loop -> Y-Rock -> # seconds each” from the “Movie” menu.


Now you can write out the movie as either a series of PNG files or an MPEG file using “Save Movie As…” from the “File” menu.


Using scenes to create movies is a lot easier than messing around with scripts : )!





From: Jasinski, Jean Marie []
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 11:06 AM
Subject: [PyMOL] Documentation and advice for external GUI Movies commands?


My goal is to make a simple movie from PyMol for inclusion in a powerpoint presentation.  I understand how to use the png files to make an avi file.


What I need help with is using the external GUI Movie commands to make my movie.  I want to use the x-rock command, turn on my ligand, x-rock again, turn off ligand, display second ligand and repeat the process.  So far, I’ve only used the external GUI command line to do util.mrock. I can’t find documentation for the Movie commands (Program, Update Program, etc.).  I figure I could use a script to do all the actions I need, but I can’t figure out how to call Movie/Program/Static Loop/X-rock,…..



Jean Jasinski, Ph.D.