AE animation to SCREENSAVER


#1

Hello creative nation.
I am in “tough pickle” sort of… I made an animation for a client of mine and need to convert it as a screensaver. I have tried different software out there( that claim that everything is plain and easy) to convert from a swf/flv/avi/“you name it” output to a screensaver. Nothing has worked properly as far, the results are varying from WEIRD to WEIRDER.
Thank you in advance for any kind of sugestions regarding this matter.


#2

Screensavers are actually executable files (.exe extension is just changed to .scr) so you can create one by yourself. Here’s some information:

http://www.wischik.com/scr/howtoscr.html

In my opinion you should create a Windows application which has a form that fills the whole screen with no header and stuff. Then you use some sort of library (you can use OpenGL or DirectX for example) to play the video on the form. That’s the basic idea of a screensaver, but if you are not familiar to programming you have to study a little to get everything work! :slight_smile:

I hope that this helps you and if you have questions about this just ask,
Timo

Edit: I forgot to mention that you might want to use C# to make that screensaver. Microsoft provides a free development environment for that (Visual C# Express 2010). I have a few years of experience programming C# so I might be able to help you a little :wink:


#3
Screensavers are actually executable files (.exe extension is just changed to .scr) so you can create one by yourself. Here's some information:

http://www.wischik.com/scr/howtoscr.html

In my opinion you should create a Windows application which has a form that fills the whole screen with no header and stuff. Then you use some sort of library (you can use OpenGL or DirectX for example) to play the video on the form. That’s the basic idea of a screensaver, but if you are not familiar to programming you have to study a little to get everything work! :slight_smile:

I hope that this helps you and if you have questions about this just ask,
Timo

Edit: I forgot to mention that you might want to use C# to make that screensaver. Microsoft provides a free development environment for that (Visual C# Express 2010). I have a few years of experience programming C# so I might be able to help you a little :wink:

Thank you for taking your time to answer this thread, I am not that familiar to programming but I can give it a shot and a nose bleed :stuck_out_tongue:


#4

No problem! :slight_smile: If you decide to use C# (which I strongly recommend), you should check out these links:

http://www.codeproject.com/KB/cs/ScreenSaverStarterKit.aspx (This is basically a C# screensaver with some animations. All you have to do is to get the screensaver show your video instead of the animations)

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms686421(VS.85).aspx (This is a screensaver that shows RSS feeds. This is a little bit more complicated example but it’s from Microsoft so it will work for sure.)

http://www.codeproject.com/KB/graphics/zMoviePlayer.aspx (This is a DirectX powered video player for C#. It’s extremely easy to play a video on a form with C# and DirectX.)

-Timo


#5

i think there are also some porgrams wich convert a video file to a screensaver. Try out some of these http://bit.ly/aNi6iw


#6
i think there are also some porgrams wich convert a video file to a screensaver. Try out some of these http://bit.ly/aNi6iw

Very nice of you to post a “google search result” for that but I was/am trying software for “screenasaver making” as heck and trying the aproach Subsonic proposed ( actualy making headway on this… thanks subsonic :slight_smile: )
Anyway… thank you for your interest in this thread :slight_smile:


#7

I’m sorry
I didn’t read your question completly.