Add a movie or animation
Add a movie or animation at the beginning of the screen saver
1. Activate the Screen Saver window.
2. Choose Project/Video Clip or Right click and choose Video Clip.
3. The Video Clip window opens. In the Video Clip Pathname area, specify the full pathname of the file to use for the screen saver video clip. You can also click Browse to locate the file using a standard Windows® dialog box. Many of these files are available for download on Internet (check copyright before redistributing). Several file format are supported:
AVI/ASF/WMF (Microsoft Video): This is the most recommended file format for video file (medium file size but compatible with all Windows® versions).
MPG/MPEG (Mpeg I): Another recommended file format (very small file size). The drawback is that the user must have Windows 98 (or Windows 95 with Active Movie installed).
MOV/QT (Apple QuickTime®): Medium file size, very good quality. The drawback is that the use must have installed QuickTime for Windows (version 4 or more).
RAM/RM/RT (Real Media): Small file size, average quality. The drawback is that the user must have installed RealPlayer (version 6 or more).
SWF (Shockwave Flash): It's a multimedia animation file format. Very small file size, very good vector quality. This format lets you create powerfull animation. The drawback is that the user must have installed the Shockwave Flash Runtime Player (provided with Windows Millenium Edition).
FLI/FLC (Autodesk Animation): It's an animation file format. Average file size. Very good bitmap quality. This format is generally used to produce 3D animations. No additional component is needed to play this format.
4. If the Save a copy of the file in the Project Document option is checked, the video file will be stored in the screen saver project (not recommended for large files).
If you check this option, the video file will be included into the screen saver file when saved. This option is useful because the video file doesn't need to be present on your hard disk the next time you'll open the SSP document. The drawback is that the SSP file is larger and space consuming.
If you un-check this option, the video file will NOT be included into the screen saver file when saved. The SSP file is smaller but the video file must be present on your hard disk (at the right location) or you'll get an error the next time you'll open the SSP document.
5. In the Position (center) group:
In the X area, enter here the X coordinate of position of the video windows on screen (from -640 to 1280). 0 means the left border and 640 the right border of the screen. This value indicates the position of the center of the video window.
In the Y area, Enter here the Y coordinate of position of the video windows on screen (from -480 to 960). 0 means the top and 640 the bottom of the screen. This value indicates the position of the center of the video window.
NOTE: The visible screen coordinates are always specified from (0,0: top-left) to (640,480: bottom-right). Of course if you launch your screen saver on a 1024x768 display for example, the coordinates will be recalculated accordingly.
6. In the Size group:
If you check Full screen (maximized) option, it allows to display full screen the video.
If you check Specific size, you can enter video Width and Height:
In the Width area, enter here the width of the video window in percent (100% by default). The final width is based on the original video clip width.
In the Height area, enter here the height of the video window in percent (100% by default). The final width is based on the original video clip width.
If you check Based on screen size option, the video size is based on the screen size in percent.
7. If you check Play the Video clip Forever (screen saver playing in background) option, it allows to specify a video clip that will be played over and over. The video clip window is opaque and is always displayed in foreground.
8. If you check Play the Video clip once before the screen saver starts option, it allows to specify a video clip that will be played once before the screen saver starts. When the video clip is finished, it disappears and the screen saver starts. It can be used as an animated splash screen.
Add a video clip or animation using Drag & Drop
1. Go to the librarian, Expand Media Files and select the Animation folder.
2. Select a video/animation file then drag and drop to the Screen Saver Document window.
3. The name of the Music file displays in the area "Video Clip Pathname" in the Dialog box "Video clip properties". Click YES.
NOTE: When you add a FLI-FLC Animation to Project using drag and drop, you can choose to add it as a sprite or as an independant window.( like clips videos).
If you choose the "Convert the Animation into Sprite" the animation will be converted into a sprite with transparency. This is not recommended for larges files.
If you choose the "Add animation as an independant window", the animation will be embedded in the screen saver as an independant window. The animation can be played once before the screen saver starts or forever with sprites playing in background.
Add a video clip or animation using the Edit/Copy/Paste function
1. Go to the librarian, Expand Media Files and select the Animation folder or select a Music file from the built-in Exploreur.
2. Choose Edit/Copy.
3. Return to the project window.
4. Choose Edit/Paste.
5. The name of the Video clip file displays in the area "Video pathname" in the Dialog box "Video clip properties". Click OK.