Joined: 07/05/2009 23:06:52
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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.
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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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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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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.
Joined: 07/05/2009 23:06:52
Location: N.S.W. Australia
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".
"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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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.
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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