Despite the performance drop, I'm a big fan of presenting within PowerPoint
-- I think it is simply the best solution for Windows.

Note that within PowerPoint:

  - you can have your movie play automatically
  - you can start and stop the movie with a mouse click in order to discuss
certain states
  - you can chain movies together in subsequent slides in order to get the
effect you described.

Even with PowerPoint's up to 50% performance hit, I've found that it is
possible for a 2.2 Ghz Pentium 4 M to show decent full-screen video using
Microsoft's latest MPEG4 codec (added in Windows Media 8 or 9?).  Also note
that the performance hit is reduced when your presentation is running at
1024x768, as it will likely be doing when hooked up to a projector.

My latest Adobe Premiere recipe:

   Microsoft's MPEG4 V2, 960x720 @ 30 fps, which PowerPoint automatically
treats as full-screen (due it's wacky metrics).

Using this codec, a recent 24-second movie consumed only 4.5 MB of space,
but looks much better than a 640x480 Cinepak-based movie with a file size of
around ~40 MB.  It definitely pays to use the latest technology...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
> [] On Behalf Of 
> Mark Wilke
> Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 12:01 PM
> To:
> Subject: [PyMOL] movies in presentations
> I'm wondering what software people use to display their 
> pymol-made movies to best effect.  I tried embedding the 
> movies in powerpoint, but I don't like the performance drop.  
> Running the movies from a movie player like quicktime just 
> doesn't seem integrated enough if you want to interact with 
> your movies.  I'm picturing a scenario where the movies are 
> seamlessly embedded in the presentation and scene-changes can 
> be prompted by a mouseclick.  I know I've seen someone do 
> this before, but I don't know what kind of software they were 
> using.  I'd like to start with a still image, click my mouse 
> have the protein rotate and zoom in on an active site, wait 
> while I discuss everything important, then move on to 
> something else when I click the mouse again.  In addition, 
> things like labels and text can be overlaid over the movies 
> and respond to choreographed mouseclicks as well.  Any ideas?
> - Mark Wilke
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