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vcr tool


VCR-style GUI for 3d interactive OpenGL visualization.


The vcr tool displays a GUI to do 3d interactive visualization of LAMMPS snapshots or data files. It is a wrapper on the gl tool which draws the individual images in OpenGL windows

The vcr constructor creates the GUI. Note that multiple OpenGL windows can be run by the same GUI so that multiple views of the same data set can be manipulated simultaneously (or views of different data sets so long as they have the same # of snapshots).

The view can be controlled by the GUI widgets or by invoking the tool methods: play(), stop(), axis(), etc. The frame slider can be dragged to view a desired frame. The mouse can also be used in the OpenGL window to translage, rotate, or zoom the scene. The clipping sliders or methods can be used to narrow the view of displayed data, though their interactivity can be slow for scenes with lots of data.

The reload() method is needed if you change the selection attributes of the underlying data assigned to the gl tool, such as via the dump tool's methods. These changes will not be visible in the OpenGL windows until the data is reloaded.

The save() method will save the current OpenGL window contents to a PNG file. If multiple OpenGL windows are being used, multiple files will be created. The save-all checkbox or method will store one file per snapshot if the Play or Back buttons are used to start an animation.


v = vcr(gl1,gl2,...)       start vcr GUI with one or more gl windows
v.add(gl)                  add a gl window to vcr GUI 
Actions (same as GUI widgets): 
v.first()		   go to first frame
v.prev()                   go to previous frame
v.back()                   play backwards from current frame to start
v.stop()         	   stop on current frame                   play from current frame to end		   go to next frame
v.last()		   go to last frame 
v.frame(31)    	           set frame slider
v.delay(0.4)     	   set delay slider
v.q(5)          	   set quality slider 
v.xaxis()		   view scene from x axis
v.yaxis()  		   view scene from y axis
v.zaxis()		   view scene from z axis		 	   toggle bounding box
v.axis() 	           toggle display of xyz axes
v.norm()	           recenter and resize the view
v.ortho()	           toggle ortho/perspective button
v.reload()           	   reload all frames from gl viewer data files 
v.clipxlo(0.2)             clip scene at x lo fraction of box
v.clipxhi(1.0)             clip at x hi
v.clipylo(0.2)             clip in y
v.clipzlo(0.2)             clip in z
v.clipzhi(1.0)		   save current scene to file.png
v.file("image")		   set filename
v.saveall()		   toggle save-all checkbox 

Related tools:

animate, gl


Python Tkinter package.