Hi Arturas!


A - relatively - easy way to read DCDs into PyMOL is:

* Convert the .dcd to .trr using "catdcd 4.0" (http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Development/MDTools/catdcd/). At the same time you can concatenate multiple .dcd files, remove solvent, skip frames, etc.

* Convert the .trr file to a multi-model .pdb file using "trjconv" from the Gromacs package (http://www.gromacs.org/) Here you can select eg. desired residues (using make_ndx), skip frames, and align each frame to a reference structure before writing the pdb file.

Using two programs may seem a bit complicated, but most likely you want to concatenate files, remove solvent or do other processing anyway, so I think it is ok :-) 

This works quite nicely for me. If you want to look at every single frame of a long MD with many atoms, you may run into problems with very large pdb files, though.

Having the trajectory as a .trr file also gives the possibility of using Gromacs' analysis tools, such as g_rms or g_rmsf.


There are some examples below...


Cheers,

Esben


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# the structure is in "system.pdb", "system.psf" and trajectories in 0000-0100.dcd ... 0900-1000.dcd.

# creating the stripped pdb file (removing solvent (residues called TIP3)):
grep -v TIP ../system.pdb > solute.pdb

# creating the index file for catdcd (for removing solvent):
awk '/ATOM/ {print $2-1}' solute.pdb > solute.idx

# making the stripped file in gromacs format.
/z/linux/catdcd4/LINUX/bin/catdcd4.0/catdcd -o wt_strip.trr -otype trr -i solut.idx ../0000-0100.dcd ../0100-0200.dcd ../0200-0300.dcd ../0300-0400.dcd ../0400-0500.dcd ../0500-0600.dcd ../0600-0700.dcd ../0700-0800.dcd ../0800-0900.dcd ./0900-1000.dcd

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# The per-residue rms and pdb file for putty cartoon
g_rmsf -f wt_strip.trr -s solute.pdb -oq test.pdb
# select group 4 for backbone
# load "test.pdb" in PyMOL and show it as putty cartoon:

pymol> load "test.pdb"
pymol> cartoon putty, test
pymol> show cartoon, test
pymol> hide lines, test


--------------------

# The overall rmsd as a function of time
g_rms -f wt_strip.trr -s solute.pdb
# selecet group 0, compare to 1, and select group 0 again
# The resulting "rmsd.xvg" can be shown directly with xmgrace (http://plasma-gate.weizmann.ac.il/Grace/):

xmgrace rmsd.xvg

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#Showing MD ensemble of specific residues (here 100,101,102,103,200,201):

# run make_ndx

make_ndx -f solute.pdb -o site.ndx
# make a new group
r 100 101 102 103 200 201
# delete the other groups:
keep 14
# call it "site"
name 0 site
# save and quit:
q

# run trjconv to get a pdb file with every 100th frame for the site residues:
trjconv -f wt_strip.trr -o site.pdb -s solute.pdb -n site.ndx -fit rot+trans-skip 100

# load site.pdb and solute.pdb in pymol

pymol> load site.pdb
pymol> load solute.pdb

# use a similar selection in pymol to align it to the reference structure:
pymol> select solute and resi 100+101+102+103+200+201
pymol> align site////CA, sele////CA




-----Original Message-----
From: pymol-users-admin@lists.sourceforge.net on behalf of Warren DeLano
Sent: Fri 2006-02-10 20:08
To: ziemys.1@osu.edu; pymol-users@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: RE: [PyMOL] NAMD/dcd

Arturas,

DCD suppot?  Not yet -- we need someone to either donate, develop, or
fund code to support this key MD trajectory format.

Cheers,
warren

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> Subject: [PyMOL] NAMD/dcd
>
> HI !
>
> I new one with PyMol and found it very promising for my
> works. However, I need analyze MD trajectories DCD from NAMD.
>
> Is there any clue to load DCD's, as manual talks only abaout
> Amber format ?
>
> Best
> Arturas Z.
>
>
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