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Old 06-23-2010, 12:32 AM   #1
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Default Screenshots: animated gifs of turns!

Check this out! This is something I've always wanted to do, and yesterday I finally broke down and started on it. (I used some code from Cockos' WDL for the actual GIF encoding.)

Chess:


Dorp4:


Checkas:


And, bonus! The first-ever shot of Batel in action! I'm still in the make-a-fun-toy-before-you-make-a-game stage with it. But hey, there are rockets and splosions and a physics engine...


So... now what? Should animated gifs take the place of the static pngs on the website? Would it be annoying or distracting or perhaps awesome? I guess I will just have to experiment...
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:43 PM   #2
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Just stumbled over this thread browsing the Cockos forum...

I'm not familiar with Wifight, so I'm not sure if that does help you but regarding making animated gifs:
Have you seen Licecap already (also a Cockos product), makes doing animated gifs from screencaptures really easy.

http://www.cockos.com/licecap/

Just in case you missed it...
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:21 PM   #3
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Thanks nofish. Actually I'm not using Licecap directly (yet), but I am using the exact same code as Licecap. I hooked into the same animated GIF writing API in CockosWDL that Licecap uses for these autogenerated gameplay shots. I will definitely be using Licecap itself to make some animated screenshots of the rest of the Wifight UI though. It's pretty neato!

Also, if anyone wants to see a visual demo of the extra bit of optimization I added, I posted a pic of it to my dev blog.
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:32 PM   #4
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WDL's GIF writing support is nice and easy to use. I added an extra layer of optimization on top that detects unchanged areas between frames and encodes only the smallest single changed rectangle
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:39 AM   #5
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WDL's GIF writing support is nice and easy to use. I added an extra layer of optimization on top that detects unchanged areas between frames and encodes only the smallest single changed rectangle (shown here in gray):
Nice.
You should probably suggest Justin to implement it...
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Nice.
You should probably suggest Justin to implement it...
LICEcap already has that (it uses LICE's LICE_BitmapCmp() to detect the changed rectangle).

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LICEcap already has that (it uses LICE's LICE_BitmapCmp() to detect the changed rectangle).
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Old 06-26-2010, 07:14 PM   #8
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LICE_BitmapCmp!?! Now you tell me...
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:46 PM   #9
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As far as how to use the gifs on the site goes... maybe as a mouse hover effect on the static pngs? Just for the full version of the site though- the mobile version (exists?) wouldn't really want to use the bandwidth for it, on top of the whole touch-screens-ruin-hover-effects issue.

Edit: ok, should have looked more closely at the 5 most recent moves screens at the top of the home page... Not bad.

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