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Old June 22 2008, 04:24 PM   #811
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Re: Blue Warp Nacelles?

I posted the following pic last night. This morning I deleted it. I wasn't pleased with the way it turned out. I now have a version I like much better but I am posting the new pic as a link. It's now over 1MB. Give Image Shack a few seconds to download all its frames (my normal image host compressed the shit of of this so I went with Image Shack).

EDIT: You really don't need to download this anymore. Go one post down. NCC-1701 to the rescue!

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/5...erocap2bc0.gif

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Old June 22 2008, 04:32 PM   #812
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^ Looks good, Outpost4. Here's a version with an even smaller file size ...

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Old June 22 2008, 04:41 PM   #813
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Perfect! You're a wiz at that, NCC-1701. Thanks.

If you don't mind my asking, how did you do that? My problems came in the batch conversion from .jpg to .gif. I kept the animation quality but it became huge. What program did you just use there?
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Old June 22 2008, 04:45 PM   #814
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Perfect! You're a wiz at that, NCC-1701. Thanks.
Thanks, Gregg.

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If you don't mind my asking, how did you do that? My problems came in the batch conversion from .jpg to .gif. I kept the animation quality but it became huge. What program did you just use there?
I use Macromedia Fireworks 8. The trick is, that the areas of the GIF animation that don't change from frame to frame must be exactly the same pixelwise. So I copied the area around the beautiful nacelle animation and pasted it to every frame. The GIF file will be much smaller this way, because the area that is actually animated is quite small.

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Old June 22 2008, 05:08 PM   #815
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I use Macromedia Fireworks 8. The trick is, that the areas of the GIF animation that don't change from frame to frame must be exactly the same pixelwise. So I copied the area around the beautiful nacelle animation and pasted it to every frame. The GIF file will be much smaller this way, because the area that is actually animated is quite small.

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Very much so, Michael. Thank you.

I use a cheesier program for making my animations, Easy GIF Animator 4. It's worked well enough in the past and I've been able to change just parts of an animation before without adding much onto the file size. Somehow it looks just for the changes. That worked again with this animation. My original version is only 104 KB. It seemingly only changed the cap. My problem came in converting my work product from a .jpg (I also did a .bmp test - no different) to a .gif. Easy GIF Animator 4 does that, but it cut down too much on the picture quality. I found a free program, IrfanView, that did a great job of batch processing the .jpgs to .gifs, but that's when my file size blew up.

Sounds like I need to use Fireworks 8 for my animations.
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Old June 22 2008, 07:43 PM   #816
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mmmmm, gorgeous.
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Old June 22 2008, 08:52 PM   #817
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Old June 22 2008, 09:47 PM   #818
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We need to see the foreward view!
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Old June 22 2008, 10:00 PM   #819
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Old June 22 2008, 11:49 PM   #820
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Well, for the animated gif, a couple of horseflies shouldn't be hard to add.
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Old June 23 2008, 12:51 AM   #821
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Hey, NCC-1701, I've made progress! Using a different program, Ulead GIF Animator, I was able to come up with three different ways to make new animations within 6 KB in size of yours. Here's one below I did. It looks just like yours. This old dog can learn a new trick.
Thanks again for your help. It was invaluable. I take that back. It did have a price: $49.95 for the new program.

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Old June 23 2008, 12:54 AM   #822
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^ Looks very good! BTW, what's the original video source? Your TOS remastered set?

And now enter the TOS avatar contest.
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Old June 23 2008, 12:57 AM   #823
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We have exactly 20,000 views now!
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Old June 23 2008, 01:11 AM   #824
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Old June 23 2008, 01:49 AM   #825
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^ Looks very good! BTW, what's the original video source? Your TOS remastered set?
Thanks. You are close. I used the TrekCore HD DVD screen caps for Space Seed (I did use one screen cap from Ariane's HD caps). I found eight good nacelle grabs that I could crop, shape, blend and massage to fit inside of one master nacelle. That gave me nine different nacelle pics. I faded between the nine shots to create a total of twenty-seven frames in the animation.

And now enter the TOS avatar contest.
I've been too busy making sombrero themed things. You notice the TOS caption contest didn't get changed out today, either.

You should also go back and check out my Kor bandito. I worked on that a little more, not that anyone would care but me. The pistol is finally right. Bonus points for anyone who can tell me where I grabbed that from.
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