From: Kirby Vandivort (
Date: Tue Mar 09 2010 - 16:00:47 CST

A while back I had written a script to use the space navigator device to
record movies. It was a rough script that could use a lot of polishing, but
it is basically the same idea as you are trying to do. And, it worked
exactly as you mentioned. I used 'logfile' to initially save the set of

My script then traced the userframe vars (described at ) and iterated through
each step of the log file. At the time, I had plans to add in a frame
editor so that pauses, etc could be inserted, but I simply didn't have the
time to work on it. This would be a pretty easy thing to do, however, and
would be a great addition to VMD's script library. I've been trying to find
my script from a couple of years ago, but haven't had a lot of luck yet. It
was simple enough that it would be easy to recreate, but if I run across it,
I'll send a copy. Good luck!


On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 10:27 AM, Tibbitt, Jeffrey A. <>wrote:

> Hey all.
> The object is to use the keyboard and/or mouse in a normal way to
> manipulate the view while the movie is generated. In other words, each tiny
> view change produced by the mouse/keyboard results in another frame captured
> by VMDMovie. The 'logfile' command already saves every tiny view change
> produced by the keyboard and mouse (not sure about a 3D mouse) as
> 'translate', 'rotate' or 'resize' commands. And the VMDMovie user-defined
> option already allows translations, rotations and resizes to be specified
> before each frame advancement. So combining the view-change information
> storage (with the logfile command, perhaps) and VMDMovie seems like a
> straight forward project.
> Has anyone tried this?
> Jeff Tibbitt

Kirby Vandivort