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Samuel Hertig & Viola Vogel (Laboratory for Biologically Oriented Materials, HCI Building, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 10, 8093 Zürich)Visualization of trajectories from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations requires tools that can handle large data sets. Although various such programs for molecular visualization exist, camera movement is either limited or difficult to control. Here, we present a simple way of making movies of MD trajectories by combining VMD and Autodesk Maya. The geometry of the system is created entirely in VMD. Two simple scripts help to transfer the complete set of coordinates into Maya, which is then used for texturing, lighting, camera adjustments and rendering. This methods also features the advantage of being able to import additional 3D data that complements the storyline, such as data obtained from electron or confocal microscopy.