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  1. Lin Evans

    Signature simulation

    It only works with the provided fonts and really only one is script. If you send me a copy of the signature you want to use, I will create a video for you using the same font you see in my example above which you can use in any PTE show to place the signature and size and position it as you like. The advantage of having the software is that you can choose the background image then the color, etc., for yourself. If I make a video for you it will only be of the color you choose and you place it on a PTE image using video masking as described above. I will also make you a little video tutorial to show you how to use making (very easy) to size and position the signature. Best regards, Lin
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    For Prospective Users of PicturesToExe

    Gary, If you email me at data2@lpbroadband.net I'll explain some things about this for you... This is really not the correct place to get sidetracked on issues of YouTube and copyright issues. Best regards, Lin
  3. Hi Folks - As you know, or will soon discover - PicturesToExe (PTE) is the award winning creation of Wnsoft LTD which is the preferred tool by the vast majority of those competing in audio/visual competitions worldwide. It allows users to make incredibly good and sophisticated shows of their photographs and tell a story in pictures and music. It's value is unquestioned for conventional presentations. But PTE is also such a versatile tool that it can be used to create unconventional animations and allow the user to explore their imaginations. I don't have the talent to make award winning conventional shows myself, so I use PTE to create animated shows which would not be appropriate for competitions, but which are fun for me and may be fun for those who also have little interest in entering competitions. This compendium of links to some of my samples is of primary interest to those who just want to enjoy alternative uses of this amazing tool. Lin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS7lU_npiD8 (Easel Paint Samples) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=318YJIsjI2g (PTE Book Style Demo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JavCuMiP0jk&t=302s (snowglobes demo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOhSIjrLETs (arches fantasy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvP6mFokVCE (Journey into the Possible) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1_q7XdSjvI (What Can I Do – New) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4_w0l-OM5A (Facets of PTE) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR_SfV7jYTo (Wedding Style Book Sample) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lymd_vaXXqM (Lin’s Wedding Style Sample)
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    For Prospective Users of PicturesToExe

    "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."
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    Signature simulation

    Hi Barry, Since it's a video mask, it could be slowed down a great deal. The software creates an uncompressed avi file and an optional alpha mask. The alpha mask is just a pure black background with white text video and the video can have any color text of the available few fonts with bold, embossed, texture, 3d simulation and any color. The uncompressed avi files, of course won't work in PTE - they were designed for video software or for Proshow Producer which can use uncompressed avi's. One can simply convert them with freeware such as Video Pad Video Editor (the one I use) to wmv files which are tiny. The alpha mask can then be used in PTE as a video mask (stencil) with the video as the content. Or, if the color white for the text is OK, then the alpha mask can be used both for the mask and the content. The tiny files can then be saved and used with any image or show. The size and position is adjusted by just adjusting the Mask Container. The program also creates "flourishes." Best regards, Lin
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    Signature simulation

    Actually, there is not a really good way to do this without using outside software. You can "reveal" a signature by using a moving mask, but that's not quite the same thing as actually writing. It would be possible to go into Photoshop or other software and create a video mask which revealed script writing in a similar way to which it was written, but that would require screen capture of the video and that requires a decent screen capture software. Perhaps the best way is to use an outside product such as CaptionsAlive Pro by David Fitzgerald because that's precisely what it does. This product is available for a reasonable price along with two other useful products HIghliter Pro and VisiSketch Pro here: https://www.mediadigitronics.com/ Here's a sample: You can change the size, change the location, rotate, whatever by adjusting the mask container in O&A B Lin
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    Feb Newsletter and Videos

    Hi Ghulya, There is certainly lots of marketing and sales propaganda hyping high megapixel cameras and admittedly, the vast majority of people do not need extremely high resolution. I have spent many hours discussing this very subject with world renowned fashion photographer Melvin Sokolsky. Back when Canon released their first professional digital camera, the EOS 1D, Melvin and I both bought them. I used mine to do professional rodeo photography which was then a large part of my work. Melvin used the same 4.2 megapixel camera to shoot fashion for major magazines including many double truck pages. Melvin tells me that the 4.2 megapixel sensor was quite appropriate and never let him down. Many huge billboards have been made with similar cameras because from the normal viewing distance, whether the shots were made with a 100 megapixel sensor or a 4 megapixel sensor is indistinguishable. New York fashion photographer Stephen Eastwood made some beautiful 70 inch portrait prints of his girlfriend with the lowly 3 megapixel Canon D30 - see image below. The essence is that it takes far fewer pixels to do a head and shoulders portrait with decent definition than a detailed landscape with thousands of trees, leaves, pine needles, etc. 3 megapixels was quite sufficient for these beautiful head and shoulders shots, but would fail miserably in an enlargement of a detailed landscape. It's all a matter of understanding the need (or not) for detail in an image. When I shot gallery art for a living, I often used medium format film because 35mm just wasn't sufficient for the detail the art gallery owners needed. When I bought my first professional digital camera in 1995 (the Kodak DCS 460) the $30,000 I spent was worth every penny. Today, of course that would not be sufficient for many jobs, but in 1995 it was a huge time saving device. The essence is that there is a place for low resolution and a place for high resolution. They both have their own character and value. Best regards, Lin
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    Feb Newsletter and Videos

    Even though some excellent images have been made with the iPhone, there are still myriad reasons why photographers choose other options - not the least of is that it's just not possible to do things with a tiny sensor that can be easily accomplished with larger formats. With a tiny sensor it's nearly impossible to blur a background and get the lovely bokeh easily accomplished with a larger sensor and much larger lens. If all you want in your photos is everything in focus all the time, the tiny sensor and lens has its advantage. Otherwise? Not so much. Then there is the telephoto side for wildlife, etc. Try to get a decent image of the moon with the iPhone or zoom in for a closeup of a bird on a perch, or stop action on a hummingbird. Then there is the very real problem of even being able to see and frame the subject with the sun behind you as is common for many types of photography. It's always rather comical to me when I'm shooting wildlife at sundown such as elk, deer, bears, marmots, coyotes, wolves, etc., to see a small crowd of tourists pointing their phones in the general direction of the subject and moving their phone at arms length back and forth trying desperately to find the subject and knowing full well that their photos will reveal only a distant speck hardly recognizable. Even with my Nokia 808 phone and its 41.3 megapixel sensor, I've found trying to shoot wildlife in general to be nearly an impossible task. What can be done with my NIkon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 mm lens or with my Nikon P9000 shooting at 3000 mm optical is simply not possible with any telephone camera. How about taking multiple frames and stacking? Did you ever try to adjust focus precisely in multiple locations on a tiny macro subject with an iPhone? Hint - it doesn't work and simply is not possible to do. I always laugh when I see the Facebook ads selling small telescopes to attach to your phone to try to emulate a telephoto lens on a dedicated camera. These ads often depict images captured with real telephoto equipment implying they were taken with the cell phone and the tiny telescope. I was a pioneer in digiscoping, using telescopes as lenses with tiny camera lenses. I still break out my old Nikon CP990 and my very, very expensive Swarovski scope or my Meade ETX-90 and do a bit of digiscoping for fun, but it takes a rock steady tripod and my wired remote release and lots of luck to even remotely approach what I can do hand-held with my Nikon P9000. Using a telephone with a tripod and a telescope and getting decent results is an exercise in statistics. Perhaps one of ten shots is half-way decent. Then when time comes to make generous enlargements, there is rarely any substitute for optical resolution - something just not happening with the iPhone and similar instruments. Blow those images which are beautiful on the tiny screen up to a 40 inch print width and tell me what you see... Then you will begin to appreciate the difference between a telephone camera and a real camera I suspect... Best regards, Lin
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    Nikon / Adobe Collaboration

    Yep, that's all water under the bridge now - Adobe changed their "call home" requirements drastically since the early days. Good to know time lapse has the electronic shutter option! Good also that V10 will handle 120fps !! You will love the stabilization if you get any long glass and the "in-focus" indication is a major plus. I changed from Canon to Nikon a number of years ago when several sucessive models of Canon had serious autofocus reliability issues. I've never been sorry... Best regards, Lin
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    Nikon / Adobe Collaboration

    That's good news - I'm still a bit miffed at Adobe. When they first came out with their ARC software I bought the first version and upgraded as soon as it was available. Then they decided to add it to Photoshop and rather quickly it became necessary to buy new versions of Photoshop to get the latest RAW converters. I always felt they should have sold ARC as it started as a stand-alone product which could be updated for a reasonable price. Now one has to either buy the cloud versions of Photoshop or Lightroom subscription which I will never do. I got burned early on when I was on an extended back-country trip with no internet and lost my ability to use Photoshop when I couldn't connect so couldn't convert any of my RAW files from three different cameras. I ended up buying Photoshop 6 extended and stopped right there. Now I just use the manufacturer's conversion software. The Z6 sounds like a great product - better I think than the Z7 from what I've read. Does the in-camera time lapse use the mechanical shutter or electronic shutter? I'm hoping the electronic because it seems one could quickly wear out the mechanical shutter doing time lapse... I love the fact that they have included the in-body stabilization. I have both the P900 and P1000 and the stabilization is absolutely amazing. I can hand-hold the P1000 at 3000 mm optical and get excellent results and that's some excellent stabilization. I gave my grandson my D5300 and now I only have the D7200, D7000 and 1V1. I was considering getting a 1V3 but got tempted by the P1000 because I really have loved the P900 and to get the focal length I wanted with the 1V3 would have required me to buy an expensive additional lens... Best regards, Lin
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    Playing more than 1 exe file

    Hi Robbie, Click on the "Project Options" button (Lower left of your screen) then on the "Advanced" tab. At the bottom where it says as default "do not run," click on the small down arrow and choose "Run Slideshow" then navigate to the additional slideshow you want to run. It's possible to "daisy chain" multiple slideshows this way. To do this, each slideshow must have been made with the same version of PTE. If they are not, then use "Run Application." Best regards, Lin
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    Music input levels

    Hi Rob, Let me try to answer your question in different words and in a slightly different way. Yes, the audio is embedded in the video by your SLR and if you simply enter the video on the slide list there is no way to control the sound on your video. PicturesToExe has a very easy way to separate the audio from the video. First, in Objects and Animations screen on the "Properties Tab" click the mouse in the box marked "Mute Audio." Next, click on the "Project Options" button on the lower left of the screen then click on the "Audio" tab. Now click on "Add Audio File" and when the box to Open and audio file appears, where it says "files of type" and defaults to "audio files," click on the little down arrow in the tiny blue box to the right and from the menu choose "video files." Now navigate to your video file and select and open it. Now your audio for this video is fully adjustable via the waveform just as if you had entered an mp3 or other audio file. As for the audio volume from several AV's , you CAN adjust them individually via the waveform, but the better way is to do it in an audio editor such as Audacity. Best regards, Lin
  13. For new users of PTE and for inexperienced users and perhaps for old timers too: There are literally dozens upon dozens of great styles available for PTE but it's a little awkward to see what they do without clicking on one or more images and applying a style or at least selecting the proper number of slides and observing what happens in the "style" window. I have created a demo of over 90 styles available which makes it exceedingly easy to see what a style does and allows the user to pause and write down the name of a style they may want to use. The style demo show has a video control bar which can be used to quickly move to any region on the show and also allows the user to flip forward or backward using the right and left arrow keys. You may also "pause" and resume by pressing the space bar. I think this will allow users to quickly see the effects of the styles at full resolution and is much, much easier than selecting and hunting through the myriad styles available. If you don't have a style and wish to download it, I have all those in the demo and if you PM me I will be glad to upload any style you don't have so you can import it and use it. Links below to the style demo show for Windows and Macs. 4/26/18 Added Some New Styles To Demo - Download on Same Links Below... Lin http://www.lin-evans.org/styles/stylesdemopc.zip http://www.lin-evans.org/styles/stylesdemomac.zip
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    For Prospective Users of PicturesToExe

    Thanks guys - I made the links into an .rtf file so I can copy and past them for people considering PTE on other forums. Just thought it might be of interest to visitors to this forum who were either new users of PTE or considering it and might be interested in alternative uses for the program. Best regards, Lin
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    For Prospective Users of PicturesToExe

    Actually, though there isn't a book - all animation I create and ones used in my shows created by other users are explained in my video tutorials - look in the tutorials section under PTE Made Easy and you will find about 100 video tutorials covering most everything in these samples. Best regards, Lin
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    The Ice Queen

    Photographer Jack Bell's Beautiful Image of the Grand Prize Winner, The Ice Queen, at The Magic Festival Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Canada. The Magic Festival Is A World Class Ice Carving Competition. This image provides a great opportunity for new users of PTE to learn about some of the possibilities of the use of masking. The original photo was taken into Photoshop and the actual ice sculpture portions were painted pure white using the brush tool. The remainder of the image was painted pure black. Then this was saved as a mask and the mask content was the snow animation above the original image. The PTE "color filter" coloration blue was keyframed near the end of the presentation to simulate the appearance at night. The original image was also used again as the blurred background to facilitate the 16:9 aspect ratio for the slide. Lin
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    Last One I Promise !!!

    O.K. - this is my sample of easel paint demonstrations. This demonstrates a range of possibilities with PicturesToExe and David Fitzpatrick's VisiSketch Pro and the ending using David's Typewriter program. It's long - 29 minutes and six second to be exact but the viewer can use the navigation bar to move through if looking at something they have already seen. Take note - there is one show with tasteful nudity so if one doesn't like that, no need to look. Among the shows are some PTE effects, transition from the painting to video done by using a frame from the video as the painted image, etc. It's just samples of things some might like to do. For Tomcatred who mentioned earlier in a post that the painting isn't done as an artist would - I'm well aware of that. My late girlfriend of seven years, Lisah, was a superb artist with the brush and I've watched her paint many beautiful oil and acrylic works so I'm very familiar with how its done, but there are limitations with the software which make that type approach of laying down one color then going back and adding others and gradual detail simply not feasible so the way it's done is essentially what is possible with these programs. To do it as an artist would in real life would probably take a week to create a single example. Lin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS7lU_npiD8
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    Last One I Promise !!!

    Hi Tom, I you watch my little video tutorial you'll see that by using VisiSketch Pro there is no need for keyframes. In a way, you create position markers when you place mouse clicks which make tiny "dots" which when made into the bitmap are connected by lines. These "lines" are actually acting in the capacity of a mask when converted into the uncompressed AVI which reveal what is underneath and on the canvas as "brush strokes." It takes a bit of time and patience if you want to create a realistic sketch before beginning the use of larger brush samples for the "paint" simulation, but the results can be nice. Of course if you just want to do a "spray painted" version you can just use one of my styles which does all the heavy lifting. The styles create the easel and canvas then "paint" the image you have selected on that canvas. Best regards, Lin
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    PTE Stopped [SOLVED]

    Hi, Igor will need to know your operating system, computer resources and whether or not you have antivirus software running. You can go to Run then type in dxdiag and click on O.K. to get this information if you're running a Windows OS Best regards, Lin
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    3D Conversion of Images With Photoshop

    Definitely capturing a moving subject - video and macro photography was the primary object of doing this for me. Just a tiny amount of wind movement can totally destroy a stereo object in 3d if the shutters are not synchronized. Best regards, Lin
  21. Back in the early days around 2006 when version 5 of PTE was first released, there was lots of interest in making PTE shows using 3d Images. Lately I've had a couple emails from people who are interested in doing this and asking whether I knew how to convert regular photos to three dimensional photos. In 2006 I was interested in Lenticular printing, which is today used for holographic prints on things like driver's licenses, etc., and I had purchased a software called Pro Magic Lenticular Designer which among other things will allow the user to convert their regular images to anaglyph 3d. I made a couple little samples and other than a couple posts from a gentleman in Denmark, there wasn't a great deal of interest and the topic pretty much died. Now that it's possible to easily see our slideshows on television, there is again an interest being generated in creating 3d shows. There is at least one software company which produces a product to convert your videos to 3d so it's coming! With this in mind, I thought for people who have Photoshop, I would show you just how easy it is to convert any of your color or black and white images to anaglyph 3d. The anaglyph red and cyan glasses are available on Amazon and are incredibly inexpensive. Some can be purchased for under two dollars a pair including shipping! So below is a little video tutorial on how to do this. It just takes a few seconds and produces a very nice 3D effect for your color or monochrome images. I'm well aware that there are more complex things one can do with Photoshop, for example it's possible to make selections then change the amount of separation of red and cyan to a greater degree with features of the image which one might want to appear closer and diminish the separation in the background. That's for another tutorial at another time. The method I present will give a very nice 3D image for the vast majority of your photos and is a fun and quick way to enable using 3D in your PicturesToExe shows. With the enhanced masking techniques now available, it might be fun to experiment with parallax animations again as well - something to think about in conjunction with 3D images. Lin When you have finished converting your image to 3D as per above, just "save as" and save the image to a jpg and don't forget to add 3D to the name so you don't overwrite your original image.
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    3D Conversion of Images With Photoshop

    Hi Tom, Yes, there are numerous ways to do this - some more complex and actually better. The way I suggested is very rudimentary and the results are only fair. Using two camera or a stereo camera is by far the best way. Years ago I had a jig I made where two small digital cameras could be mounted with the lens center distance being the average pupillary distance between. Sadly the cameras I used could not have their shutters synchronized so to make it work I had to have two mechanical shutter releases and press them simultaneously. I quickly tired of that and bought some expensive software which would take a single capture and turn it into a stereo image. It really worked well, but nobody was really interested it doing it so I finally gave up with it. Something sparked my interest again but I've not been able to find the software and the manufacturer is no longer in business so it was a dead end. I suspect I lost the software when one of my hard drives went south. Having around six external hard drives each on three different systems, I can't even remember which one it might have been. We had one PTE user who made some beautiful PTE shows in anaglyph stereo 3D but he drifted away and hasn't been on the forum in years. He had an ideal setup with a stereo camera and his shows were outstanding. Perhaps when Version 10 is released it might be possible to do this again except instead of anaglyph perhaps with a newer method as is being used in IMAX photography. It would be really nice to be able to shoot video that way. There are so many great things which "can" be done but never enough time or money to pursue them... Best regards, Lin
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    Extracting images from .exe file

    Hi Ruth, It depends on which version of PTE the show was made with. If it was prior to version 8 it may be possible to decompile, but from version 8 forward the PTE security is very, very strong and the only good way to recover the images is to play the exe on the highest resolution display you have available and screen capture each image. If you can post a link to the exe I can check it for you... Best regards, Lin
  24. Lin Evans

    Trouble with Ken Burns Effect

    Here ya go... I think this is what you are looking for... Added a keyframe to hold the original positions until change. http://www.lin-evans.org/bragg/bragg.zip Best regards, Lin
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    Trouble with Ken Burns Effect

    Hi Chuck, Get your animation working correctly in linear mode. Then apply the smooth to all animations including ones you don't call such as rotate, etc., If you zip up your project and post a link, I'll be glad to sort it for you. Best regards, Lin
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