ePMV Use in Science Magazine from XX Files : Drawn to scale : Val Altounian

posted Oct 21, 2016, 2:45 PM by Graham Johnson

Medical Illustrator Val Altounian was featured in a short documentary about her and her work. Cinema 4D is mentioned and shown prominently in use in the video along with ePMV :)

Here are two ways to get to it.

If you can't access the version on the Science Magazine page, you can find it directly on YouTube:

New uPy (includes ePMV, autoPACK/cellPACK) installers for Cinema 4D r16 and 3D Studio Max 2015

posted Mar 18, 2015, 1:02 PM by Graham Johnson   [ updated Mar 18, 2015, 2:19 PM ]

Ludovic has released new installers for Cinema 4D r16 and for 3D Studio Max 2015.  Please visit the install page to reinstall the software if you have updated your host software to one of these versions.  Please let us know if you encounter issues so we can debug them ASAP.  Good news for Max users, the Extension pack is no longer required because Python is now included in the 2015 edition.
Thank you

3dsMax 2015 64bits support specifics

We have just released an installer and an archive for the manual installation of the uPy Suite for the latest 3dsMax software v2015. This version offers more of the functionality that ePMV and autoPACK offer in the other supported hosts thanks to the PySide integration in 3dsMax (Qt interface from python). There are still some issues that we were not able to solve. Some 3dsMax functionality are difficult or impossible to access such as : object scattering (which will improve loading and display time for atoms, molecules  and cellPACK ingredients instances), splines extrusion (worm like representation along a backbone). We hope to work with Autodesk to overcome these issues in the near future. Please provide feedback on the forum so we can debug any issues you encounter.

ePMV rendered structures in Nature article

posted Mar 16, 2015, 8:22 PM by Graham Johnson
Although medical and scientific illustrators (our biggest user group) use ePMV to create complex illustrations and animations that typically convey structure in the broader context of the cell, Park et al have used ePMV for a classic structure comparison in their 2015 article in Nature: Agrochemical control of plant water use using engineered abscisic acid receptors.

Our 2011 article about ePMV in the journal Structure demonstrated this type of use, so we appreciate the authors' application, which combined ePMV with the capabilities of Cinema 4D and interior mesh models exported from PyMol. We further appreciate the citation for this type of use.

Greatest Blender animation to date (also used ePMV)

posted Feb 23, 2015, 7:01 PM by Graham Johnson   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 7:23 PM ]

Chris Hammang, a Biomedical Animator at Garvan Institute of Medical Research and CSIRO has created many stunning animations while simultaneously taming the savage beast I know as the open-source 3D animation software package Blender.  Please check out this captivating animation (gorgeous, regardless of the software used, but arguably the best Blender animation I've ever seen) that uses ePMV to generate molecular representations, and check out his other movies from his website.

ePMV in Maxwell Render

posted Dec 17, 2014, 11:57 AM by ludovic autin

We are exploring possible integration of our plugins directly in render engine. Here is an example from Maxwell Render which is now free for academics and students.I used the well known Cornell box example and just add the Crambin molecule (PDB:1CRN) in the middle with some fancy materials. I also did some interesting experiments with LipidWrapper, also rendererd in Maxwell.


Cinema 4D master Thomas Brown blogs about ePMV

posted Mar 21, 2014, 11:06 AM by Graham Johnson

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At Vessel we use eMPV, a 3D molecular viewer, to generate beautiful and accurate molecular structures for our animations.... read more.

Ludovic Autin Named Finalist in Science Art Competition

posted Mar 6, 2014, 3:05 PM by Graham Johnson   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 11:28 PM ]

The image, “Synaptic Vesicle,” by Ludovic Autin, senior research associate in the Olson lab, is one of nine finalists from six countries in the 2014 JALA & JBS Art of Science Contest, sponsored by the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening to highlight the role visualization plays in the analysis and presentation of scientific work.

Autin’s image is a molecular model of three synaptic vesicles, based on the work of Takamori et al. The individual 3-D protein models were generated using the embedded Python Molecular Viewer (ePMV) Autin developed in the Olson lab and packed to create the mesoscale model using autoPACK/cellPACK software developed with TSRI alumnus Graham Johnson. Adam Gardner, Olson lab assistant, helped provide the final image rendering using the 3-D animation software Cinema 4D. View the image at time 00:30 in this youtube video.

2nd place Biophysical Society Annual Meeting 2014 Image Contest

posted Mar 6, 2014, 1:22 PM by Graham Johnson

Dynein motor proteins moving along microtubules– 
This ePMV model of Dynein by Graham Johnson is rendered in Cinema 4D and based on a crystal structure reported by Carter, Cho, Jin and Vale (Science- March 4, 2011).

Journal Cover - Brandyn West using ePMV

posted Jan 21, 2014, 10:09 AM by ludovic autin   [ updated Jan 21, 2014, 10:14 AM ]

Brandyn West, from the Ollmann Saphire Laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute, 
generated this nice image for the Journal of Virology Cover (issue of January). 
The detail of the cover can be found here :
Brandyn choose a really sweet candy-like texture apply onto helical structure. 

Below is a higher resolution version of the image (Copyright © 2014, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.).

Molecular FlipBook from Iwasa & McGill et al

posted Aug 2, 2013, 1:42 PM by Graham Johnson

Create & Share Animated Molecular Models
The molecular flipbook team has created a tool (beta testers wanted) that can allow researchers with little to zero 3D software experience to generate animations of molecular interactions. This elegant tools uses some ePMV functionality/code as part of it base engine.  Here is an overview of this exciting project.

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