Amira Basic Overview

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Quick breakdown


  • Best GUI on Windows
  • Cross platform (although we only have windows license)
  • Preconfigured to work well with 3D stereo projection
  • Best segmentation editor with very intuitive ease of use


  • Proprietary code
  • limited future due to extremely rare usage in the field and lack of community support.
  • Closed source

Bottom Line

If you need to segment any structures, I recommend the use of Amira over Slicer 3D. However, if you wish to do anything highly innovative or quick preview/render, don't even touch Amira as the learning curve is a bit steep. Its segmentation capability has been very well explored by the individuals in the lab.

Amira Movies

If you want to export an already made movie in Amira, make sure you do it on a Windows computer.

-Open file

-Find a blue DemoMaker button and rightclick it then choose MovieMaker.

-Adjust the file name and destination as needed

-Keep the type as monoscopic

-Select RGBA for format and increase frames to increase the time of the video.

-Select apply.

More Resources

This section of wiki is devoted to the discovery and proper utilization of Amira.

If you have any questions, bug Tim. He'll hunt me down and squeeze information out of me.--Yang

General Amira Information

Amira Quirks

Amira Basic Workflow

Creating Hotkeys Opening Files


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View All Articles Related to Amira Import These tips help you import files, data, whatever you want to throw at Amira


View All Articles Related to Amira Demo Want to start coding demos and more fancy stuff for presentations? Here you go.

Prepare a network for presentation

Note: Many of the old demo may not work because the associated VRConfig.txt or individual settings may not have been preserved during the upgrade. Therefore, many of the old hotkeys were probably as good as dead.


View All Articles Related to Amira Tracking These details helps you setup tracking details with Amira and Patriot System... if that's what we are still using.


View All Articles Related to Amira VR The VR config files defines how the projectors will work.