May 20 2013
ICM enables users to easily make a movie. Here we will describe how to make and convert a series of frames and scenes
into a movie. A movie is an excellent means of communicating results obtained in ICM such as Monte Carlo and docking simulations.
The resulting movie can easily be transfered into other applications such as Microsoft Powerpoint.
To make a Screen-grabbing Movie follow these steps:
- Resize the graphical display to the screen size/resolution you need. You may also want to select the high quality image button and antialiasing to improve the quality of the movie or add visual effects such as shadows.
- To begin making a movie click on the movie making button at the bottom of the graphical user interface (as shown below).
- Enter a file name for your movie and select the movie format (.mov, .avi, mpeg).
NOTE: If you want to make a movie to include in a PowerPoint presentation you need to save the movie in AVI format.
- To begin recording the screenshot movie click on the red Record video button. Anything displayed in the graphical display will be recorded, for example you can record animations and transitions. Specifying the number of cycles in the animation (rocking, rotation) is an ideal tool for screen-shot movie making. If you have a fast computer you can use Realtime screen grabbing which can be selected by clicking and holding the Record video button. The real time option can also be set in File/Preferences/Gui menu.
- The length of the movie in minutes, seconds and milliseconds is displayed in the top right hand corner of the graphical display.
- You can pause the movie and fade out by clicking on the button shown below. The number of frames for the fading out option can be controled using the option in File/Preferences/Gui
- You can record a smooth transition from a previous frame by clicking on the button shown below.
NOTE: Anything you do in the graphical display will be recorded in the movie. For example you can change representations, lighting, add new molecules etc. This can be achieved in a more controled manner using the pause and record smooth transition button.
- Once you have paused the recording the viewpoint and representation of the molecules can be changed and a smooth transition from the previous frame can be generated by selecting the Record smooth transition from previous frame button.
- To stop recording a video press the button shown below.