Camera-to-Model Space Coordinates Mapping

This section provides a tutorial on how to map camera space coordinates to model space coodinates manually using the reverse of the rotation matrix in PyMol.

In the last tutorial, we have used the following mapping relation to map a point in model space to camera space, which is very easy.

  [Ax, Ay, Az]: a point in model space
  [Bx, By, Bz]: model rotation center
  [M11, ..., M33]: the rotation matrix
  [Cx, Cy, Cz]: same point in camera space
  [Dx, Dy, Dz]: camera rotation center

We have the following mapping relation:
  |Cx-Dx|   |M11 M12 M13|   |Ax-Bx|
  |Cy-Dx| = |M21 M22 M23| * |Ay-By|
  |Cz-Dx|   |M31 M32 M33|   |Az-Bz|

But what about mapping a point in the camera space to the model space? It is also easy to do, if you know how to reverse the rotation matrix, using the "numpy" Python module.

1. Load the methane molecule structure to PyMol again. And convert viewing parameters into 'numpy' matrix and vectors:

PyMOL>delete all
PyMOL>load Molecule-Methane.sdf
 CmdLoad: loaded as "Molecule-Methane".

PyMOL>view = cmd.get_view()
PyMOL>M1 = [view[i] for i in range(0,3)]
PyMOL>M2 = [view[i] for i in range(3,6)]
PyMOL>M3 = [view[i] for i in range(6,9)]

PyMOL>M = numpy.matrix([M1, M2, M3])
PyMOL>D = numpy.matrix([[view[9]],[view[10]],[view[11]]])
PyMOL>B = numpy.matrix([[view[12]],[view[13]],[view[14]]])

2. Get the reverse of the rotation matrix and call it R:


3. We are ready to convert any point in the model space, A, to the camera space, C:

  C = M*(A-B) + D
  A = R*(C-D) + B

You can verify this with some examples.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of Molecules

 Molecule Names and Identifications

 Protein and Amino Acid

 Nucleobase, Nucleoside, Nucleotide, DNA and RNA

 Gene and Chromosome

 Protein Kinase (PK)

 SDF (Structure Data File)

 RDKit: Open-Source Cheminformatics Software

 PyMol Installation

PyMol GUI and CLI

 PyMol Screen Layout

 Load Molecule from File into PyMol

 Virtual Trackball Rotation on PyMol

 Zoom In and Out on PyMol

 PyMol Command Line Interface

 "load" and "delete" Commands on PyMol

 "log_open" and "log_close" Commands on PyMol

 Model Space and Camera Space on PyMol

 "get_view" and "set_view" on PyMol

 View Parameters Auto Adjusted on PyMol

 Zoom In/Out by Moving Camera

 Rotation with Transformation Matrix

 Rotation with "turn" Command

 Difference of "turn" and "rotate" Commands

 Difference of "move" and "translate" Commands

 "center", "zoom" and "reset" Commands

 Model-to-Camera Space Coordinates Mapping

Camera-to-Model Space Coordinates Mapping

 Turn Structure around Camera

 "show lines" Presentation Command

 "show sticks" Presentation Command

 "show spheres" Presentation Command

 "show surface" Presentation Command

 "show mesh" Presentation Command

 PyMol Selections

 PyMol Editing Functions

 PyMol Measurement Functions

 PyMol Movie Functions

 PyMol Python Integration

 PyMol Object Functions

 ChEMBL Database - European Molecular Biology Laboratory

 PubChem Database - National Library of Medicine

 PDB (Protein Data Bank)

 INSDC (International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration)

 Resources and Tools

 Molecule Related Terminologies


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