Newsletter #168 - Sept 22, 2006
Rehan's ShaderTFX for
Vista's Movie Maker 6
thread about Rehan's ShaderTFX pack for Vista's Movie
Maker 6 started on July 22. In the opening post Rehan said he was
ready to have users do some beta testing.
Dozens of posts and two months later, after
resolving installation and performance issues, Rehan issued the
official version 1.
Vista coding is different enough from XP
to separate real programmers from hackers like me. Rehan stands
out in the forum, and is now on a pedestal getting some earned
accolades. While he takes orders, I'll give it a once over, write this
newsletter, and see where we can start hacking
Before getting into it,
I finished my
4 software reviews at the 11th hour of a tight schedule... thumbs up
for Serif's Page Plus X2 and Ulead's PhotoImpact 12. Not so with IconCool
Studio 5 and Fun Morph. You can read the reviews on BrightHub after they get
through the editorial process.
Thanks to Brad
Dahlquist and others in Microsoft who read the newsletter
note about my frequent Outlook Express error messages.
He sent some ideas and uninstalling Windows Desktop Search 3.01
resolved the issue. It was the indexing of my files, including email
folders, going on in the background as I worked with Outlook
Express, that resulted in the popups. Nice to have the help!! I'll
probably go back to installing the beta of the Windows Live Photo Gallery
.... back to the main
The first question I got in my YouTube inbox
about one of the sample clips was 'what is ShaderTFX?'. I
responded 'it's a pack of 116 transitions developed by Rehan'. Many on
the forums at windowsmoviemakers.net have been drooling over it since the beta
I should have noted that it has 6 effects too.
file is SetupShaderTFX.msi, version 1.0.30. Double-click it and
it'll go through a usual windows
installation adds 4 dll and 4 xml files to the Movie
Maker\Shared\AddOnTFX folder, which make for some good study files for anyone
wanting to dive into the making of custom items like these.
the c:\Program Files\RehanFX folder has subfolders and
jpg files (study and replace with our own pictures if you're
png files (another group ready for study and tweaking)
Trial period and registration
The new transitions will be there when you restart
Movie Maker 6 after the installation.
When first clicking on any of the new transitions
you'll get a popup notice that you have 14 days to try it
Use the 'Continue Unregistered' and it'll work fine
without embedding a logo, big X, or whatever...
After the trial you'll need the purchased code to
Transitions - ShaderTFX
adds 116 new ones, which fall into four groups... starting
with 10 blue and 10 green screen choices.
Then 23 for Picture in
14 colorful gradients.
59 wipes that use .jpg and .png files in
conjunction with a standard wipe transition.
I previewed them all, and made a few
For a chroma blue
sample (bluescreen), an aquarium tank provided a
nice blue background for a couple jellyfish in the
Picture in Picture
I got myself pretty confused
keeping track of this sample clip made with just 2 source files. The
skiing clip is a standard aspect ratio one, and the jellyfish is a
I toggled the MM6 project
settings between standard and widescreen. Then I saved them to
custom profiles that I use when heading to YouTube, the standard project
to the widescreen profile and the widesceen project to the
standard profile. Got it?? No reason beyond testing to see what
These two frame snapshots were
taken in Movie Maker 6. The only difference is the
setting being standard 4:3 for the above one and widescreen 16:9
for the below.
The skiing clip is full windowed above and with black
left/right borders below, a bit hard to see with the overall black
The jellyfish story is 'letterboxed' above and full
Note how the text differs in each, adapting to the
different amount of space available to stretch into.
The gradients and wipes use
the .jpg and .png files mentioned above... making it so easy to swap them out
with your own images... or add new XML files that do the same
The package includes 6 electric color effects. I didn't make any
sample clips with them.
Conclusion and Closing... and What's
The installation was easy, registration worked, and all the
items performed well. I'm not the first to say it, as that's the feedback
from forum users who have been following the development all the way
Get the package and try them yourself.
Have a great week!!