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Post by Tethys » Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:47 pm

If i wanted to make new planet animations for botf, what steps would I need to take and what format's can it be converted from? such as can I convert it from AVI, or would i need separate screenshots?

I have recently downloaded a program some of you may be familiar with, called Celestia, so far ive downloaded nearly 4 GB or addons, ranging from Romulus/Remus to Borg systems and stations.

Thanks for any help and instructions.

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Post by thunderchero » Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:56 pm

this would depend there are 2 types

1. shown in main screen: these are like gif files a series of images that can be created with UE but are very limited in size if images (all the same size).

2. shown in battle screen: this is controled by a hob file and uses a 2 gif files with 16 images on each gif.

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Post by Tethys » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:45 pm

i will test my earth animation first, once its complete... hope this works... frames are same, size we wont kno til its done... update soon...
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Post by Tethys » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:55 pm

it is not allowing me to "generate" the animation using 24 tga files... do they need to be smaller? currently rendered at 918 x 690 px
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Post by thunderchero » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:58 pm

lol 918 x 690 px that would take up entire screen.

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edit; export one of each size small, med, large those would be max size of images

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Post by Tethys » Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:04 pm

ok i reduced the size down and its working so far... :P

116 x 116 animation lol... i think i should go smaller :P
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Post by thunderchero » Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:08 pm

Tethys image sizes should be so they will fit on screen.

40x40 for large
24x24 med
16x16 small

this is why most do not even attempt to change them

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Post by Tethys » Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:39 pm

i am thinking about only having 2 sizes for animations, meaning that small planets would use medium animations, medium would use medium and large animations, and large would use large animations... but i will play around with this (reason being i dont like how the small planets look lol)

i will post my first animation when complete.
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Post by Tethys » Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:51 pm

working ingame animation of the new earth for Galaxies Mod... one of many new planets :P
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it is 48 frames long with 100 ms delay between frames (i think it was 100 might be 150)

what do you guys think? :)
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Post by Mentat » Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:05 pm

Looks awesome Tethys, I am really looking forward to see more of those.
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Post by Tethys » Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:05 pm

ty Mentat... Mars and Venus are next on my list of to-do's... however I am contemplating whether or not to make them 24 frames such as the vanilla versions... resizing and resaving 48 images from jpg to png becomes a bit tedious after the first 10 frames... lol

edit: cool i found an open source bulk image converter so now no worries about resaving the files, just resizing them :P
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Post by Tethys » Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:50 pm

Here you go... Sol as it should have been... without Pluto ;)
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all are working animations :P
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Post by Mentat » Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:53 pm

Most excellent Tethys. I mean some may say this is cosmetic, ... I simply say, good work!
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Post by Tethys » Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:09 pm

ty Mentat... notice I didnt change Mercury since i could not capture the needed screenshots to create an animation... i plan on releasing all new animations for all planets and stars, and perhaps even asteroid belts (if i can find a good addon for them on celestiamotherlode.com) for release with ST: Galaxies Mod... sizes may change but probably not :P
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Post by KrazeeXXL » Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:17 pm

On a few places BotF definitely needs some cosmetics imo ;)

And the planets really looked 10 years old. Good work Tethys! I really like it and would like to see more of it! :)

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