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Introduction to ePMV General

ePMV: INTRODUCTORY TUTORIALS March 2013                  VIZBI Workshop

Graham Johnson, Fabian de Kok, Merry & Shiyu Wang

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embedded Python Molecular Viewer (ePMV) runs free molecular modeling software directly inside of professional 3D animation applications (hosts) to provide simultaneous access to the capabilities of these newly connected systems. Uniting host and molecular toolkit functionalities into a single interface, allows illustrators to quickly create common representations of molecular models and to perform computational simulations, like molecular dynamics, directly inside of a host’s viewport with relative ease.

Available free at, ePMV currently supports Blender, Cinema4D, Maya, 3D Studio Max & SoftImage

Quickstart Activities

  1. Basics 1:  Build a PDB file representation in a Professional 3D app with 2 mouse clicks

    1. Start C4D

    2. Open ePMV GUI

C4D menu: Plugins > ePMV     (one click-n-drag)

Maya, Max, Blender: Click ePMV button in host GUI.

  1. Get a Molecule using the ePMV GUI

Click [Fetch] to get 1crn (box comes filled with this 4-digit PDB code by default)   (second click)

You have a ribbon model of the protein Crambin (PDB ID code 1crn)

  1. Zoom in on scene

C4D Hover mouse over viewport & type H on keyboard

Maya, Max, Blender: SelectAll, type F, click show all, View>ViewAll

  1. Build Atoms

Check [√]Atoms radio box

See all of the atoms in the PDB file with their canonical IUPAC colors

  1. Study model

Click & drag upper right viewport icons to rotate camera, pan, zoom, etc. (use standard tools for other hosts)

Turn Atoms on and off as you explore to compare to the underlying ribbon.