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ynotfish

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Hi All -

A while back, Barry the Crab came up with a modified version of the Camera View slideshow template. I've been mucking around with it too... & for the same reasons! Who wants frilly little frames around their photos? I occasionally use the slideshow templates when I want to easily break up video sequences, so I wanted a template I could use.



So far, I've produced 5 variations of the background & a bunch of interchangeable frames & masks. I thought I'd post one here in case anyone had a use for it... the one in the image above.

The other backgrounds I've made are:



For anyone who cares, to make these, the background image needs to be divided into 16 equal parts & numbered so that, in situ, the background can scroll smoothly between one part and the other, with no gaps/jumps.



The frames included in the zip file (attached) can be used with any of the backgrounds (including the one installed with PD).

The backgrounds/frames are stored in C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDirector\Slideshow\CameraView - all I do is copy & replace the whole background & photoframe folder.

Cheers - Tony
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I always loved the 3d slideshow, and the slideshow function, in general. Making different backgrounds gives you much greater versatility. I have found a freeware that makes it easy to create your own self-installer, so I have been using that to add to my library of weapons. These modifications would be good on DZone. Tony, you went the extra mile (kilometer?), I found your task too big for my liking (the 3d themes are easier), but now I want the fruit of your labours!

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For anyone interested in the other backgrounds I've prepared for the CameraView slideshow template...



they can be downloaded from http://www.4shared.com/file/ZjUOmAQA/Camera_Backgrounds.html



These can be used with the "default" batch of frames, or the ones in my original post.

I'm still working on making other frames (had a lot of less than successful efforts thus far)

Cheers - Tony




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and here are two more...



Download at http://www.4shared.com/file/ICm5DfSo/CameraView_Backgrounds.html

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Dafydd Bevan - SoftDeko

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Hi Tony,
Where were you having problems?

I've used a 16:9 segmented into 4x4 = 816x460 and haven't had a problem. Is the issue with the pngs/photoframes?

The use of JPG or jpg makes no difference.

I use a split image software - far easier to create the backgrounds.

If I can assist, let me know.

Dafydd
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I had considered creating a background slideshow of non-associated images - should be fun to do one day.
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Dafydd -

The only problem I was having was getting the masks that go with each frame to match... caused by foolishly placing a drop shadow on the internal edge.

There are three sets of frames in the attachment.

They look like this...



The folders can be stored in C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDirector\Slideshow\CameraView



N.B. The template only accesses the folder titled "photoframe". When I want to switch frame styles, I simply rename the folders. Each folder is self contained with its own matching set of masks.

Cheers - Tony
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Dafydd Bevan - SoftDeko

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Hi Tony,
Yep, I see the issue.
I haven't tried the following but ... if you want a drop shadow effect you could use a different colour and create the depth effect you were after. Any other colour than black - as that's the mask.

I might play with the xml when I get five minutes.

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Hi,
I decided to play around more with the backgrounds - just to have some fun.

I replaced all the background images with my own higher resolution ones of 3264 x 1840. I renamed them.

All now display in Cinema View in higher resolution than the previous backgrounds.

Please view the attached video to see how easy it is to alter the files.

Cofion gorau
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Thanks everyone for those great templates
When i try to rename the original photoframe folder i get this error

But renaming the background folder worked fine. Sorry for the space.
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Camera view????? I thought that was photo book view.....

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Clancy -

I assume there's no file/folder/subfolder open when you get that error. Does rebooting allow you to rename it?

Sorry - not using XP so it's hard to investigate.

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TKS for allowing me to use your work. I will give you credit.
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... the latest in the camera backgrounds collection



This started off as a 4000x2800 image, with no desaturation or filtering. If you want a more muted background, you could simply apply the same filter to each image.

Any of the previously posted frames can be used with this background.

It can be downloaded from here http://www.4shared.com/file/TKWYXGxc/background__beach_.html

Cheers - Tony


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ynotfish wrote:Clancy -

I assume there's no file/folder/subfolder open when you get that error. Does rebooting allow you to rename it?

Sorry - not using XP so it's hard to investigate.

Cheers - Tony


Thanks Tony, rebooting worked
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Hi Tony,
You may recall that I used 16:9 images from a collection of stills and they worked - just needed the correct file names etc.

I wonder if you can observe something for me and confirm what I saw.

The movement selection of the background is not fluid - some images only display once (if at all) while others many times. The random nature of the movement negates the need to have a background with so many images. Please can an editor track the movement? It may be a bug or the feature could do with a tweak.

Let me know what you find.

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Yes - I recall, Dafydd.

When I started working on modifications, my intention was to make the thing function as PD's standard template did, moving seamlessly through a single image.

I understand that unrelated high res images can be used, but that may not suit all uses. As with 3D, it may be preferable to construct a slideshow "on a theme" (i.e. over an image related to the photos) or on a nondescript textural background.

Using unrelated hi res images might distract from the foreground photos & become a foreground on a foreground.

All of the above is just a matter of preference. Not right or wrong.

Re: Order of transition from one background image to the other. Aside from always beginning with "0 bk11", the starting point and movement path are completely random... except that it always moves from one image to an adjacent one.

See attachment - same images - random transition through background. About 3x speed, to avoid boredom.

True - in a shortish slideshow, some backgrounds are not displayed, & it's impossible to predict which!

Using less than the required 16 background images causes PD to "stop working".

Cheers - Tony
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Hi Tony,
"All of the above is just a matter of preference. Not right or wrong. " , no problem, completely agree.

When I used my backgrounds and they were "different", I was able to track the movement more easily - I used 110 images in a slideshow. There appeared less of a rotational movement than what should be.

I would not use less than 16 - merely duplicate some since the rotation isn't that accurate.

In PD6 I use to replace the slideshow background with information of what was showing - using the graphic to create a titled introduction Ahhhh, Those were the days my friend, I thought they'd never end.... We'd sing and...

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Hi Tony,
Thanks for the video, much the same as what I knew.

The point I'm making is: A rotation through the various background images is OK so long as it picks them all. If a background image repeats the viewer will notice a small group reappearing (Example: 16, 17, 20 and 21) and a block of edge backgrounds only appearing once. When I tracked the route taken - it was disappointing and I felt could be improved.

If you're happy, that's ok. I just observed an area which could be presented better.


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This is developing into a 2-way conversation

Dafydd -

In the rotation through images, there does tend to be a slight weighting on the "central" sections. It's random, but certainly not even distribution.



In two 15 minute slideshows (165 images each), the background shifted through the following patterns:

Slideshow 1 (max images = 4)
19 15 16 12 13 14 18 22 21 20 19 23 24 20 21 22 26 25 21 20
24 23 19 20 21 17 16 15 19 20 24 23 19 15 11 12 13 14 18 22
26 25 21 17 13 12 11 15 16 20 21 22 26 25 21 17 13 12 11 15
19 23 24 25 21 17 13 12 16 20 21 22

Slideshow 2 (max images = 3)
19 23 24 20 19 15 11 12 13 14 18 22 21 17 18 14 13 17 18 22
26 25 21 20 24 25 26 22 21 17 16 20 19 23 24 25 21 22 18 17
21 20 24 25 21 20 16 17 18 22 21 17 16 15 11 12 13 14 18 22
21 20 16 15 11 12 16 17 18 22 26 25 21 17 13 14 18 22 26 25
24 20 19 15 11 12 16 15 19 20 21 17 16

Frequency of Occurrence:
(to the pedants - sorry about the missing r in the image)


Observations:
1. Sometimes short sections of the rotation pattern are repeated
2. The weighting given to "central" images (20, 21) is less obvious when using a divided background (like the standard template).
3. Unrelated background images create a more disjointed/less fluid appearance.

Cheers - Tony

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Tony, when did you get the time to analyse that? Brilliant Absolutely brilliant.

It is what I noted and with less interconnected sectional images far more noticeable.

The fringe images do get missed.

You really have made me smile - wow.

Thanks

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It's nice to make people smile!



Cheers - Tony


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Always a pleasure to watch your illustrations, Tony!

If I dare to reveal my opinion, it will be:

I am planning to redecorate (paint) my kitchen.

1. Different backgrounds: I go down in my cellar to find the leftovers of paint I have, various colours, and start painting.

2. Same background: I decide what colour I want, go to the shop and get that.


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