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Welcome to BioViz® Studio!

BioViz Studio helps you, as a scientist, tell your story and stand out from the crowd by creating beautiful, scientifically accurate molecular videos — faster, cheaper, and with gorgeous results you’ll be proud to show.

Sign in to try it now and use it for free!

👉 Right now: Spring Sale is happening! All videos are 50% off this week only.👈

What Is BioViz Studio?

BioViz Studio from Dark Star Systems is a web-based tool to let you create beautiful short videos of proteins and other molecules. It's simple to use; you can create a video from scratch in twenty minutes. There's no software to download, it's all done right in the browser, and the final renders are done automatically, using professional 3d software in the cloud.

  • It's scientifically accurate: it starts with your own data, or search and pull automatically from the RCSB PDB databank.
  • It's secure: all molecular data processing is done locally, and all data is bank-level encrypted in our Google cloud storage.
  • It's easy to use: a new user can create a video in under half an hour. Just import your data, choose a background, set up any animation you like, and render.
  • It's beautiful: it creates accurate lighting and shadows, depth of field, and motion blur for realistic images. The background templates are created by Emmy Award-winning artists and designers. BioViz Studio's creators have worked with the biggest names in Hollywood for over twenty years creating Oscar-winning blockbusters.
  • It's inexpensive: you can create local previews as much as you want, and only pay for the final renders.
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Who is BioViz Studio For?

BioViz Studio is intended for the busy biologist: anyone who needs a beautiful short video to show off their latest molecular or structural biology or computational chemistry work.

Students and Postdocs

You don't have to spend hours fiddling with Pymol or Chimera; in less than half an hour you can have a video that looks much better and will impress the people you're presenting your work to, whether it's colleagues at your next brown-bag lunch or an international conference.

University or Commercial Researchers

As a PI, you want your group's work to shine. BioViz Studio lets you create stunning videos for your group's web page, social media, or conference presentations. And with academic pricing, you can afford to really promote your work.

Biotech Startups

Do you want to "wow" your next investor presentation? Lead off with a short ten second video created with BioViz Studio, and you'll definitely have their attention. Your science will seal the deal, but it's well documented that attractive videos create attention and engagement, whether in person or as a hero video on your website.

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Tutorials


BioViz Studio is easy to use. Just four steps and nothing to install:
  • Upload your data using our web app right in your browser, in standard formats such as PDB and mmCIF.
  • Select from visual templates designed by Emmy Award-winning artists and designers.
  • Filter and move the representations to showcase the important parts.
  • Render the video in the cloud – you’ll get notified when the render is complete.

Quick Intro

Our first tutorial shows how to create a complete, simple project from scratch. In under two minutes, you'll see how to:

  • Create a project
  • Import a molecule from PDB
  • Pick background and camera move
  • Render the final video

Create A Project With Animation

This tutorial creates a more interesting project with animation and adjustment of some of the representation parameters to change the look of the molecule. You'll see how to:

  • Log in and create a project
  • Import a molecule by searching PDB
  • Pick background and camera move
  • Work with multiple representations
  • Adjust parameters to change the look: opacity, materials, and transforms
  • Use Pose Frames to set up animations
  • Render the final video

UI Overview

This video walks through the user interface, including these sections:

  • Main molecule/animation view window
  • Right sidebar: add/remove molecules and representations, transforms, selection, and parameters
  • Timeline: play controls, animation controls and pose frames, camera track lock, and shot length
  • Left sidebar: import scene templates and camera tracks, postprocessing effects, and rendering
  • Navigation bar: create/load project, mouse control modes, and misc controls

Docking a Ligand: Deeper Dive

This tutorial shows how to dock a ligand with its molecule. Along the way it shows how to set up keyframes and use pose frames, transforms, and the timeline.

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BioViz Studio Features

  • You can upload your own molecular data files or search the RCSB PDB database.
  • Supports most common file formats including mmCIF, PDB, PQR, GRO, SDF, MOL2, and MMTF.
  • Supports multiple molecules in a scene with global transformations (rotation, scaling, and translation) as well as local per-molecule transformations.
  • Most parameters are animatable
  • Renders are cloud-based using industry-standard toolsets
Highest render quality:
  • Antialiasing
  • Depth of field
  • Motion blur
  • Transparency
  • Physically based materials and lights
  • Ray-tracing for accurate lighting, reflections, and shadows
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BioViz Studio Pricing

👉 Right now: Spring Sale is happening! All videos are 50% off this week only.👈
Prices in the table below are the sale prices.

There is no fee to sign in and use BioViz Studio to create animations and render previews. Final videos are charged by the second and by pixel resolution (standard def, hi def, 4K).
As a simple example, list price for a Standard HD 5-second video is $45.00 for academic use. Currently on sale for 50% off or $22.50.
Preview renders are always free, so you can tweak the look until you get exactly what you want.

Timing: Five seconds is a good length for an intro spinning molecule or simple docking animation for a presentation; ten seconds is best for a more complex animation.

Resolution: SD (standard definition) and Standard HD are good for social media and laptop presentations; Full HD is crisper for large projection at meetings. Huge 4K is extreme, but if you're headlining a big conference, go for it.

Please contact us for discounted subscription-plan pricing.

Academic Pricing

Resolution
SD (480p)
$ per sec
$4.50 $2.25
$ per 5 sec
$22.50 $11.25
$ per 10 sec
$45.00 $22.50
Resolution
Standard HD (720p)
$ per sec
$9.00 $4.50
$ per 5 sec
$45.00 $22.50
$ per 10 sec
$90.00 $45.00
Resolution
Full HD (1080p)
$ per sec
$15.00 $7.50
$ per 5 sec
$75.00 $37.50
$ per 10 sec
$150.00 $75.00
Resolution
Huge 4K (2160p)
$ per sec
$60.00 $30.00
$ per 5 sec
$300.00 $150.00
$ per 10 sec
$600.00 $300.00

Please contact us for student and academic pricing.

Commercial Pricing

Resolution
SD (480p)
$ per sec
$18.00 $9.00
$ per 5 sec
$90.00 $45.00
$ per 10 sec
$180.00 $90.00
Resolution
Standard HD (720p)
$ per sec
$36.00 $18.00
$ per 5 sec
$180.00 $90.00
$ per 10 sec
$360.00 $180.00
Resolution
Full HD (1080p)
$ per sec
$60.00 $30.00
$ per 5 sec
$300.00 $150.00
$ per 10 sec
$600.00 $300.00
Resolution
Huge 4K (2160p)
$ per sec
$240.00 $120.00
$ per 5 sec
$1200.00 $600.00
$ per 10 sec
$2400.00 $1200.00