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Hack 65. Create an Invert Effect Using Movie Maker

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WhentypingXML,oranycomputercode,youshouldbeverycareful

andexact.Mostcodewillnotworkifsomethingisoutofplace,such

asaforwardslash(/)orevenaquote(").Ifyoudiscoverthatyour

effectisn'tloadingcorrectly,gobackandcheckthatyouhavetyped

everythingexactlyasshown.



Savethefileasinvert.xml(asaTextDocumentfile)toC:\ProgramFiles\Movie

Maker\Shared\AddOnTFX,asshowninFigure6-17.IftheAddOnTFXdirectory

doesn'texist,createit.WhenMovieMakerstarts,itlooksinsidethisdirectory

foradditionaleffectsandtransitionstouse.

Figure6-17.Savingtheinvert.xmldocumentintheAddOnTFXfolder



6.6.2.LoadingandUsingtheEffect

Aftersavingthefile,launchMovieMaker.Ifitisalreadyrunning,youwillneed

toquitandrestartit(theapplication,notthecomputer).OnceMovieMakeris

running,chooseTools VideoEffects,orclickontheVideoEffectsitem,to

makesuretheNegativeeffectisavailable.Figure6-18showstheNegativeeffect

asitshouldappearintheVideoEffectspaneofMovieMaker.

Iftheeffectisavailable,youwillbeabletoselectitandapplyittoyourfootage.

Todoso,simplydrag-and-dropitontothecliptowhichyouwouldliketoapply

theeffect.Yup,it'sjustlikeanyothereffectinyourpalette.Figure6-19shows

animagewiththeNegativeeffectapplied.



6.6.3.HackingtheHack

Ifwritingcodeisyourthing,thereisaworldofcreativeeffectsandtransitions

waitingtobeunleashed.Somecompaniesexistsolelybasedoncreatingeffects

andtransitionsforMovieMaker,andmanypeoplemakealivingwritingthemas

well.Ifyouwouldliketoexplorethewonderfulworldofcreatingyourown

effects,headovertotheMicrosoftDevelopersNetworkLibraryforMovie

MakerEffectsandTransitionsathttp://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?

url=/library/en-us/dnwmt/html/moviemakersfx.asp.



Figure6-18.TheNegativeeffect,availabletouse



Figure6-19.Makingvideolooklikeafilmnegative



Hack66.TurnVideointoMatrix-StyleSymbols



TheMatrixTrilogywasapop-culturephenomenon.Thestreaminggreen

textsymbolsthatappearedinthemovieslowlyfoundtheirwayinto

screensavers,websites,andevenonT-shirts.Here'sawayyoucanwatch

almostanydigitalvideoinasimilarway.

InthemovieTheMatrix,certainpeoplehadtheabilitytolookatgreen

charactersstreamingdownablackcomputerscreenandinterpretwhatthey

meant.[1]Itwasasiftheycouldseeimagesinthecharacters.Well,youdon't

liveintheMatrix(or,maybeyoudo…whoknows?),butyoucanseeimagesin

streamingcharacterswithalittlehelpfromyourcomputer.Betteryet,youcan

choosewhichimagesyou'dliketosee.

[1]Forfilmgeeks:theWachowskiBrothersdidpaysomehomagetoGhostintheShell.



Theconversionofvideotoaseriesofcharactersisoftenreferredtoas

anASCII(pronounced"as-kee")movie.



6.7.1.DownloadingASCIIMoviePlayer

IfyouareusingMacOSX,theQuickTimeengineisburieddeepinyour

operatingsystem.Toshowthisfact,someofApple'sengineersdesigned

ASCIIMoviePlayer

(http://developer.apple.com/samplecode/ASCIIMoviePlayerSample/

ASCIIMoviePlayerSample.html)toplayaQuickTimemovieinsideaTerminal

window,whichdisplaysonlytext.TheASCIIMoviePlayerapplicationtakesthe

inputofavideofileandinterpretsitsluminanceastext-basedsymbols.It

accomplishesthisfeatthroughtheuseofQuickTime.



AfterdownloadingASCIIMoviePlayeryouwillhaveafoldercontainingfour

items:ASCIIMoviePlayer,ASCIIMoviePlayer.pbproj,build(afolder),and

qtplyr.c.Theoneyouaregoingtobemostinterestedinisthefilenamed

ASCIIMoviePlayer,whichistheactualapplication.



Theotherfilescontainthepiecesnecessaryforyoutobuildthe

applicationfromscratch.Theactualsourcecodefortheapplicationis

inqtplyr.c,shouldyouwishtoseehowitworksorevenenhanceit.If

youhaveinstalledtheDeveloper'sTools,includedwithMacOSX,

youcandouble-clickASCIIMoviePlayer.pbprojtoworkwiththe

sourcecode.



6.7.2.RunningASCIIMoviePlayer

TorunASCIIMoviePlayer,youneedtoruntheTerminalapplication.Ifyouare

notfamiliarwithTerminal,youcanfinditintheUtilitiesfolder.Thedefault

colorforTerminalisblacktextonawhitebackground.

IfyouwouldliketochangethecolorofthetextandbackgroundinTerminal,

chooseTerminal WindowSettings Color.Thereisasetofpreselected

colorschemes,oneofwhichisGreenonBlack.Youcanalsocustomizethe

colorcombination,ifyousodesire.

TorunamoviethroughASCIIMoviePlayer,drag-and-dropthe

ASCIIMoviePlayerapplicationtotheTerminalwindow.Then,drag-and-dropa

movieyouwouldliketoplay(ofcourse,youcantypeoutthecommandsifyou

sodesire).



Whenyoudrag-and-dropafileontheTerminalwindow,youwill

noticethatthepathofthefileappearsautomatically.Thisisthe

expectedbehavior.



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