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    Benjamin Schmid


    Benjamin Schmid


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    3Dscript - Create high-quality 3D/4D animations using a natural-language based syntax

    In state-of-the-art 3D rendering and animation software the user typically creates an animation by specifying a number of keyframes. While intuitive, this approach becomes tedious for complex motions like simultaneous rotations around multiple axes, and even worse for accelerated and decelerated motions: The number of required keyframes increases, and creating them becomes hardly reproducible.

    In 3Dscript, animations are defined by a syntax based on natural English language, in sentences such as “From frame 0 to frame 100 rotate by 360 degrees horizontally ease-in”.


    Schmid, B.; Tripal, P. & Fraaß, T. et al. (2019), “3Dscript: animating 3D/4D microscopy data using a natural-language-based syntax”, Nature methods 16(4): 278–280, PMID 30886414.


    • Click on Help>Update…
    • Click on Manage update sites
    • Check the box in front of ‘3Dscript’
    • Click on Close
    • Click on Apply changes
    • Restart Fiji

    Quick start

    • Click on File>Open Samples>T1 Head
    • Click on Plugins>3D script>Interactive Animation
    • In the “Interactive Raycaster” window, click on “show” next to “Animation”
    • Click on “Start text-based animation editor”
    • In the editor window, type the following text: From frame 0 to frame 200 rotate by 360 degrees horizontally
    • Click on “Run” This will render 200 frames of a movie sequence, within which the MRI data set rotates by 360 degrees.

    Rendering of 200 frames of this data set will typically take less than a minute on an OpenCL-enabled Graphics Card. The resulting stack can be saved as a video file using Fiji’s File>Save As>AVI… command.

    To run the software on another data set, open a different image stack (instead of the T1 Head sample data) before running 3Dscript.

    More information is available at https://bene51.github.io/3Dscript.

    User documentation

    See 3Dscript in action below:

    More examples can be found on https://bene51.github.io/3Dscript/gallery.html.

    A full manual as PDF.