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Hi Folks,

I've decided to create a series of AVI tutorials which I call "PTE for Smarties". A very popular series of books for computer users called variously "Windows for Dummies", etc. were written to help beginners learn to use Windows and other software.

Well, I don't think there are any "dummies" using PTE. The fact that you have chosen PTE already demonstrates your intelligence so I elected to call this series of beginning and intermediate tutorials "PTE for Smarties" !!

I've created the first few of a continuing series on the elements of Pan, Zoom and Rotate. After all, the primary reason users want to use version 5 of PTE is for the Ken Burns effects of pan, zoom and rotate and this first AVI will jump-start your understanding. It's not intended to be a thorough and complete guide to PZR because later installments will get into esoteric uses of these functions, but this will get the beginner started and the continuing series will eventually make a PTE "expert" out of the beginner.

I chose the AVI format rather than Flash or more compressed modes because it's compatible with nearly every PC without the need to load additional software or drivers. I will continue to add links to this post as time goes on. Necessarily AVI files are larger but hopefully will be worth your time.

A note of caution for all who create PNG objects and expect their slideshows to be shown on computers which "MAY" have different resolution from the one you created the slideshow on. NEVER use "original size" for your objects unless your entire slideshow uses "original" size. In other words "DO NOT MIX" original and fit to slide objects in the same slideshow.

Yes, it's "much" easier to properly position your png overlays when you are creating your slideshow and use the "original size" for your objects, BUT when the slideshow is played on computers with different screen resolutions these objects will "not" fit properly and not properly overlay the original portion of the screen which it is designed to mask. So, remember to never mix "original" and "fit to slide" or "cover slide" in your objects. Keep them consistent.


Note: if for any reason you can't see the video it could be that your system doesn't have the necessary video codec. I used Microsoft MPEG-4 Video Codec V2. If you don't have this one you can download it from here thanks to Ken Cox

http://www.divx-dige...mpeg4codec.html

If this doesn't work for you I suggest using the Freeware VLC Media Player which should solve any problems. Here's the link for it:

http://www.download....4-10267151.html

Index to Tutorials


1. PZR for Smarties:
2. Intermediate Rotate:
3. Esoteric (advanced) Rotate:
4. Uber Rotation Possibilities:
5. Basics of Non-Linear Motion.
6. Basics of Superzoom
7. Basics of Hyperlink

8. Basic Map Route Creation
9. Button Normal, Hover, Pressed
10. Xara Xtreme 4 Photo Frame Extrusion and Reflection
11. Sound and PTE (2 AVI Tutorials)
12. Waterfall Simulation Tutorial with PNG file to simulate falling water
13. PDF Masking Tutorial
14. Creating the Panos Watch with PTE Animation
15. Basic Text Tutorial
16. 3D Transform Demo and Tutorial
17. 3D "Z" Position Demo and Tutorial
18. 3D Cube Creation and Rotation
19. Christmas Snow Cube Tutorial with Template
20. PhotoScape Crop Tool Tutorial
21. Photoscape Splitter and Combine Tool Tutorial
22. Animate any image with snow in under 60 seconds!
22 (a) Snow template
23. Snow Build Up Over Time Tutorials and Components

24. New Animation Feature in 6.5
25. Audio Envelope
26. A Complete Set of PTE Tutorials in Microsoft MSI format
27. How to Fade and Resume Slideshow Sound with Video Clip Inserted in Middle of Show
28. How to Use Text As A Mask - See Video Or Still Images Within Text
29. How to use a Mask to place text on a background rectangle for easier viewing in some circumstances
30. How to Popup Text when clicking an Object or Area in PicturesToExe
31. How to Popup a Slide when clicking a Slide or Area on A Slide Then Return to Original Image by Pressing ESC
32, Creating and Framing the Transparent Cube - With Cube Template and Transparent Sides
33. How to Move an Object in an Elliptical Orbit and Cause The Object To Pass In Front and Behind Another Object
34. Cube Template and tutorials. How to use your cube sides with template - how to control motion of cube
35. Building a House With PicuresToExe - Improving your Carpentry Skills
36. Marcel's spiral rotate - zoom effect tutorial
37. Wire Frame Object Creation Tutorial
38. Building The Video Wall in PTE
39. Using and Modifying The 8x6 Video Wall Grid
40. Building The Video Room From Your Video Wall
41. Download Gridwork Components To Go With Above Tutorials

42. Using SqirlzReflect With Photoshop and PTE to Create Water Effects
43. Using Masking to Attenuate and Control Water Effects With PTE
44. Controlling Animated Gif Effects With PTE
45. Download Link for SqirlzWaterReflection Freeware

46. Expanding Audio Waveform and Audio Timelline
47. Adding Water Ripple To Complex Image Procedure (an overview)

48. Using Avidemux Version 2.5.6 to Extract Sequential JPG Frames From Video
49. Using Photoshop To Create PNG Objects With Transparent Backgrounds
50. Creating Realistic Animated GIF's From Sequential PNG Objects Extracted From Video
51. Remove and manage sharpening halos in your photos with Photoshop
52. Styles - how to import and apply a style
53. Rain/Lightning Style Tutorial - How To Use Lin's Rain and Lightning Strike Style
54. Waterfall Animation Tutorial With PNG File For Falling Water
55. Text Circling Rotating Planet - Tutorial and Template - For PTE 9.0
56. Text Circling Rotating Planet - Tutorial and Template 2 - Show front AND back of text.
57  Puzzle Tutorial  1. - How To Use The PanosFX Action With Photoshop To Output PNG Puzzle Pieces
58. Puzzle Tutorial  2. - How To Create Puzzle Animation With PicturesToExe With PNG Puzzle Pieces
This index will be continually updated as new AVI tutorials are added.
Most tutorials are followed with downloadable examples.


1. PZR for Smarties:

Pan/Zoom/Rotate Link (about 64 meg)

2. Intermediate Rotate:

Intermediate Rotate Link (about 38 meg)

3. Esoteric (advanced) Rotate:

Esoteric Rotate Link (about 37 meg)

Demo of esoteric rotation:

Demo Esoteric Rotation Link (about 8 meg)

4. Uber Rotation Possibilities:

Uber Rotation Possibilities Link (about 38 meg)

Demo of Uber Rotate with Helicopter

Demo Uber Rotate Link (about 8 meg)

Note: the above is an older AVI I made in response to Jean Pierre's (JPD) suggestion on how to rotate a helicopter rotor blade horizontally for a simulation which one of our forum members was creating. JPD explained it but being a French native speaker some were not completely clear so I created a brief tutorial to show his method which works very well. When you see the AVI remember that the rectangles will be made invisible via the 100% control of opacity. In the demo animation I created you can see how this works in practice.

5. Basics of Non-Linear Motion (how to set non-linear motion - about 44 meg)

Basics of Non-Linear Motion Link

Demo of Non-Linear Motion (less than 1 meg zipped executable) Note: press ESC to end show...

Demo of Non-Linear Motion Link

6. Basics of Superzoom (how to effect smooth continuing zoom between images - about 60 meg)

Basics of Superzoom Link

Demo of Superzoom technique (about 37 meg zipped executable)

This demo shows a zoom from about 28mm to 2000mm focal length using multiple frames with multiple lenses. Notice the original "prowler" size image inserted inside the "O" of the word Prowler at the end.

Demo of Superzoom Link

7. Basics of Hyperlink (about 74 meg)

This tutorial shows you how to first create and save a small PNG file consisting of a red rectangle with a transparent center using PixBuilder or Photoshop, etc., then how to use it in a PTE show to hyperlink to different detail images from eacMy linkh place the rectangle is placed, The demo zipped executable following shows the completed PTE file.

Basics of Hyperlink Link

Demo of Hyperlink: (about 6 meg)

Demo of Hyperlink Link

8. Basic Map Route Creation (about 69 meg)

Basic Map Route Creation Link

Example file: (about 8 meg)

Example of Map Route Creation Link


9. Link Below to Buttons Tutorial

Buttons: Normal - Hover - Pressed

Link Below to Zipped AVI for download:

Click Here to Download (about 10 meg)

10. Link Below to Xara Xtreme 4 3D Frame Template and AVI Tutorial

Template Link Click Here

Xara Reflection Frame Template Use Demo AVI

11. Links Below to Sound Tutorials (about 45 Download Each)

Sound AVI Tutorial Link One

Sound AVI Tutorial Link Two

12. Link Below to Waterfall Animation Tutorial (about 69 meg)
Also contains PNG file you can use to simulate falling water....

Link to Waterfall Simulation Tutorial - Click Here

13. Link to Mask Tutorial PDF (this will be updated when I better understand all areas of masking)

http://www.learntoma...asktutorial.zip

14. Links to Watch Tutorials and Files which will allow the PTE user to Animate the Panos Photoshop Watch


Link (AVI Tutorial)

Link (PTE Template)  http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/panoswatch.zip

Link (PDF Tutorial)

Link (example of different watch faces and ways to use in PTE)

15. Basic Text Tutorial:

http://www.learntoma...exttutorial.zip

16. 3D Transform Demo and Tutorial:

http://www.learntoma...3Dtrandform.zip

17. 3D "Z" Position Demo and Tutorial

http://www.learntoma...3dzposition.zip

18. 3D Cube Creation and Rotation

http://www.learntoma...ubecreation.zip

3D Tutorial PTE File

http://www.learntoma...rialptefile.zip

19. 3D Christmas Snow Cube AVI Tutorial and Template

http://www.learntoma...avitutorial.zip

http://www.learntoma...ptetemplate.zip

20. Photoscape Crop Tool Tutorial

PhotoScape Crop tool tutorial link

21. Photoscape Splitter and Combine Tool Tutorial

Photoscape Splitter & Combine Tool Tutorial Link

22. Animate Any Image With Snow In 60 Seconds or Less Tutorial:

Link to Snow Animation Tutorial

22. (a) Snow Template

Link to Snow Template


23. Snow Buildup Over Time Tutorials - Suggested for Intermediate/Advanced Users of Photoshop:

Link to Part One of Two (about 110 meg download)

Link to Part Two of Two (about 90 meg download)

Link to Snowglobe Components For Snow Buildup

24. New Animation Feature In 6.5

Link to AVI Tutorial on New Animation Feature in 6.5(about 17 meg)

25. Audio Envelope in PTE 6.5 Beta 10

Link to Audio Envelope Tutorial Note - At beginning I discuss 3 seconds when I'm actually talking about 30 seconds. Age related - LOL

26. Formerly for sale - now free - Complete set of PTE tutorials in one Microsoft.msi format (about 360 meg download)

Complete Set - Not Same As Above - of PTE Tutorials

27. How to Fade and Resume Slideshow Sound with Video Clip Inserted in Middle of Show

Link To Sound End and Resume With Video Clip Between


28. How to Use Text As A Mask - Display Still Image Or Video Within Text

Tutorial in MacIntosh Native Exe Format


Tutorial in 'Windows PC Zipped Exe Format

29. How to use a Mask to place text on a rectangular background for easy viewing or simultaneous fade
(70 meg Zipped AVI) (alternative is to just use the "button feature - works perfectly).....

Using a Mask to help create text on a background for easier viewing and simultanous fade capabilities

30.
How to Popup text when clicking on an area or object in PicturesToExe


Popup Text Tutorial Link
(30 meg Zipped AVI)


31. How to Use the Window Feature To Popup a Slide then Return to Original Slide by Pressing ESC

Slide to Image to Slide Link

32. How to Create and Frame the Transparent Cube
Link To Transparent Cube Tutorial
Link To Transparent Cube Template

33. How To Move an Object in an Elliptical Orbit and Make the Object Pass both In Front of and Behind Another Object
Create Elliptical Orbit Tutorial Link
Elliptical Orbit Demo After JPD's Model Link (very small - about half meg visual explanation)

34. Cube Template:
Tutorial 1 - How to Change sides to your own images (jpg, bmp, png, animated gif or video)
Tutorial 2 - How to control the rotation and size of your animated cube
Link to Lin's Cube Template
Link to tutorial on replacing cube template sides with your own images or video
Link to tutorial on controlling size and motion of your animated cube made with the cube template

35. Building a House With PTE - Component Construction
Building A House With PTE Link

36. Spiral Rotate Zoom effect as provided by Marcel from the French PTE Forum
Link for Windows PC in PTE EXE format
Link in MacIntosh Native EXE Format
Link to Zipped AVI Tutorial (preferred - much smoother) About 113 meg zipped file

37. Wire Frame Object Creation Tutorial
Link to Wire Frame Tutorial (about 70 meg download zipped AVI)

38. Building The Video Wall With PicturesToExe

 


39. Using and Modifying The 8x6 Video Wall Grid

 

 



40. Building The Video Room From Your Video Wall

 



41. Gridwork Components To Build Video Wall - Zipped File
Link To Zipped Grids


42. Using SqirlzReflect With Photoshop and PTE to Create Water Effects
Link to Water Effects Tutorial

43. Using Masking to Attenuate and Control Water Effects With PTE
Link to Water Effects Tutorial On Controlling Ripple Effect

44. Controlling Animated Gif Effects With PTE
Link To Brief Animated Gif Tutorial

45. Download Link For Freeware SqirlzWaterReflection Software
Download SquirlWaterReflection Here:

46. Download Link For Expanding Audio Waveform and Audio Timeline Tutorial
Link To Expanding Audio Waveform and Expanding Audio Timeline

47. Download Link to Create Water Ripple in Complex Image: An Overview
http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/ripplewatercompleximage.zip

48. Link to Avidemux Tutorial For Extracting Sequences of JPG Frames From Video
http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/Avidemuxtutorial.zip

Link To Zipped Archive of Avidemux Version 2.5.6 For Windows

http://www.lin-evans.org/avidemux/avidemux.zip

49. Link to Tutorial On Creating PNG Objects With Transparent Backgrounds in Photoshop

http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/creatingpngtransparency.zip

50. Link to Tutorial On Creating Animated GIF's From Sequential PNG Files With Photoshop

This Zipped Archive Includes 22 PNG Objects With Transparent Backgrounds, The Tutorial

and a Zipped PTE Demo Using The PNG Objects And Also An Important Information Text File

http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/animatedgif.zip

51. Link to Tutorial on Removing and minimizing Sharpening Halos from your images with Photoshop

http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorials/haloremovewithphotoshop.zip

52.  Link To Video Tutorial On How To Import and Load a Style

http://www.lin-evans.org/styles/stylestutorial.zip

53. Link To Video Tutorial On Using Lin's Rain and Lightning Style - How To Increase Rain and Move Lightning

http://www.lin-evans.org/styles/rainlightningtutorial.zip

54. Link To Waterfall Animation Tutorial With PNG File To Use For Falling Water

http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/fallingwateranimation.zip

55. Tutorial and Template To Create Circular Text Circling Jupiter

http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/experimentalforcirclingtext.zip   (Zipped PTE Template - about 2 meg)

http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/circulartexttutor.zip  (about 50 meg)

56. Tutorial and Template To Create Circular Text Circling Jupiter, Other Planets Or Odd Shaped Objects 

http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/backandfronttext.zip  (tutorial)  about 12 meg

http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/circleletterstemplate2.zip (template)  about 15 meg

57.  Tutorial On Using PanosFX Puzzle Animation To Create PNG Puzzle Pieces To Use With PTE

http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/puzzletutorial1.zip  (tutorial)  about 34 meg zipped wmf video

58.  Tutorial On Using PNG Puzzle Pieces From The PanosFX Action To Create Puzzle Animation

http://www.lin-evans.org/tutorial/puzzletutorial2.zip (tutorial) about 41 meg zipped wmf video

 

 

 

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alrobin   

Lin,

In Canada "Smarties" is the name for our equivalent of "M&M's". So from now on, PTE users will also be sweeter than normal! :lol:

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Hi Ken,

My Host is having difficulties or the internet link is problematic. The file is there but I'm not able to reach my own site so hopefully they will correct it soon.

Hey Al,

You bet - they are all "sweeties" too!!

Best regards,

Lin

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Tomuk   
Hi Ken,

My Host is having difficulties or the internet link is problematic. The file is there but I'm not able to reach my own site so hopefully they will correct it soon.

Best regards,

Lin

Hi! Lin,

I started downloading ar 17.30 G.M.T and don't appear to have any problem, at 65mg it will take a few moments to complete, I shall inform you of the result.

Regards,

Tom.

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Tomuk   
Hi! Lin,

I started downloading ar 17.30 G.M.T and don't appear to have any problem, at 65mg it will take a few moments to complete, I shall inform you of the result.

Regards,

Tom.

Lin,

It's now 17.55pm and I am please to say the download came through without a hitch, it took 5min 48sec to download and the content and quality is absolutly first class, I shall keep a copy on my hard drive as a referance and look forward to the next one in the series.

Tom

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JudyKay   

Wow! Made myself seasick playing with spinning rectangles and changing angles of rotation.

You could scare yourself with some of these effects. I am imagining a realistic whale emerging from the water and falling back into the sea.

Can't wait for the new Installments!

jk

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Hi Lin

Many thanks for your excellent tutorials, and your genourosity in giving so freely of your time and expertise, it is very much appreciated.

Regards

Geoff

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Hi Lin

I tried to open your first avi. It tried to open in Windows Media Player 10 but after 10 minutes the egg timer was still present so I closed it down. I am on Broadband. Any ideas please

Jean

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Hi Jean,

I'm not certain what may be the problem - If you have the freeware Irfanview download rather than open the file and try it with Irfanview. There "should" be no problem opening it with Windows but I don't use Media Player myself because it has been problematic in the past. Here is an excellent freeware media player which I believe is much better than Windows:

http://www.click-to-download.com/vlcmediap...ID=120997483512

It's called VCL Media Player and can play various videos which Windows can't.

Also the freeware Irfanview has no problems with the AVI's and the link is:

http://www.irfanview.com

If you download Irfanview be sure to also download and install all Plugins.

It "could" be that you don't have the codec used for the AVI which is Microsoft MPEG-4 Video Codec V2. On way to check would be to look in PTE under Video in the Create Custom Video section but I'm not certain whether the window is wide enough to let you see the entire codec name.

Best regards,

Lin

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Peter S   

Hi Lin,

Just to add my thanks for this excellent series of tutorials and to let you know I have had no problems with downloads today 13th Jan at 22:00 GMT.

Kind Regards

Peter

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Gypsey   

Thanks very much for your excellent series, extremely useful for beginners.

I have one question

1. I am using Windows Media Player and I have an option to pause the playback, but I cannot stepback a few frames to replay a comment that I have missed, the rewind arrow is greyed out. I have to replay the whole tutorial. Is there a way round this.

Your advice would be appreciated

Arthur

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Hi Arthur,

I'm not a big fan of Windows Media Player - I've had issues with it in several versions so disabled it from my own system. The best free video player I've found can be downloaded here:

http://www.click-to-download.com/vlcmediap...ID=120997483512

It's called VCL Media Player and plays many more formats than Windows media player with superb quality. It has a moving control which you can slide forward or backward to any point in a presentation to repeat. You can Pause change speeds, etc. The installation is very quick and easy and I think you will like using it for this type application much better than Windows Media Player.

Best regards,

Lin

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Gypsey   

Thanks Lin

I have downloaded VLC and it solves the problem. It looks as though Windows Media Player has lost another customer.

Regards

Arthur

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MarioG   
Thanks Lin

I have downloaded VLC and it solves the problem. It looks as though Windows Media Player has lost another customer.

Regards

Arthur

Hi all,

I too am not pleased with Windows Media Player. I went to the link you supplied to obtain the VLC player you suggested, but have I missed something?

It appears that it's not free at all, but only found this out after handing over my name and email address. Is it free or not?

Kind Regards,

Mario

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Hello Mario,

VLC Media Player is free. I have no idea why you would think otherwise. Even the source code is available free.

Here are multiple links where you can download:

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

http://www.download....4-10781296.html

http://www.versiontr...fo/macosx/14738

Lin

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MarioG   
Mario

"after handing over my name and email address. Is it free or not"

i suspect you signed up for their newsletter

http://www.videolan.org/

states

VLC media player 0.8.6d

It is a free cross-platform media player

ken

Hi again folks,

When I go to the link I'm taken to the first of three pages.

1st page = Enter email adsress and name

2nd page = Membership options 1,2&3 years. This displays Visa, Mastercard & American Express options

3rd page = Submit, asking to enter credit card details

I didn't see on any page an option to just download the program.

In anycase I'm taking Lin's recomendation about the program and googled up a site where I was able to download the program

If the program is as good as you say Lin, I thank you for the tip. Windows media player is such a pain when it won't play things because of missing codec's

Thanks all and a belated Happy New Year

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