eMovie: A storyboard-based tool for making molecular movies.

by Eran Hodis, Gideon Schreiber, Kristian Rother and Joel L. Sussman

Snapshot of eMovie in action

Snapshot of eMovie in action (click to enlarge)

Major Update: eMovie version 1.04 released with storyboard editablity!

The 3D structures of macromolecules are difficult to grasp and to communicate. Movies or animations of such structures are useful in highlighting structural features and for their guided tour effect, however, high quality movies are often very difficult to make.

eMovie is a free tool that makes the creation of molecular movies both easy and intuitive via a breakthrough storyboard interface, similar in nature to what is used in the creation of traditional movies. eMovie is a plug-in for PyMOL, a powerful, open source, and multi-platform molecular graphics program. To download eMovie, please visit our download/install page.

Through eMovie, the user has the ability to construct an animation of any length out of building blocks like rotations, zooming, color changes, fading of selections, view changes, and even execution of specific PyMOL commands or scripts. Conformation changes and docking actions can be added as well (requires incentive version of PyMOL). Movies can be saved and loaded at a later time, and optionally exported as a ray-traced image sequences to be merged into a traditional movie file (e.g. .mov or .gif) using available external programs.

Sample movies (.mp4 and .mov) made using eMovie

Tour of Aricept binding to AChE (thumbnail)
  • Sample Movie 1 (small; full size) Tour of Aricept binding to acetylcholinesterase (AChE).
  • Active site gorge of AChE: Looking down the gorge and zooming in (thumbnail)
  • Sample Movie 2 (small; full size) Active site gorge of AChE: Looking down the gorge and zooming in.
  • Conformational change of AChE upon binding of bis-5 tacrine (thumbnail)
  • Sample Movie 3 (small; full size) Conformational change of AChE upon binding of bis(5)-tacrine.
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    Video-capture demonstration of eMovie (thumbnail)
  • Video-capture demonstration of eMovie (small; full size)
         showing insertion and deletion of actions (here specifically a rotation and a scene change).

  • Hodis, E., Schreiber, G., Rother, K., Sussman, J.L., eMovie: a storyboard-based tool for making molecular movies, Trends in Biochemical Sciences 32, 199-204 (2007). [Abstract] [PDF]


    eMovie Website Index
    Title Page
    Sample Movies
    Recommended Workflow
    Detailed Examples
    Download Page
    Program Features
    eMovie Paper in TiBS
    FAQ