From: Josh Vermaas (
Date: Thu Apr 18 2024 - 12:05:24 CDT

Hi David,

Why not use something like the RMSD trajectory tool to align the
structure on top of your region of interest? That way, that part of the
system appears not to move, and you can maintain a fixed camera position.


On 4/18/24 11:53 AM, Lohry, David Patrick wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm trying to create movies from molecular dynamics simulations. In
> some of these simulations, the complex might rotate many degrees out
> of view.
> I would like to rotate and scale the molecule in Frame 0 and have it
> maintain that perspective through the entire simulation video. Perhaps
> one way is to have VMD fix itself on a certain residue or groups of
> residues to prevent rotation.
> A manual based method might be where I export so many frames at once,
> stop it, re-rotate the molecule back into view, export more frames.
> However, I can't seem to find out how to do that automatically. Is
> there a way in VMD to do this automatically?
> Thank you!
> David

Josh Vermaas
Assistant Professor, Plant Research Laboratory and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Michigan State University