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#1 Panthercules

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 23:46

It always bugged me a little bit that when the devs created that movie theater graphic for the screen when a mission is loading they used color screenshots to display on the movie screen - it always seemed to me that the audience in that theater should be watching black and white movies/newsreels at that point in time (I know - it's probably supposed to be a modern audience watching old content, but still...).

 

While I was looking for the clock files in another thread, I stumbled across the screenshots used for these loading screens, so I decided to whip up a little mod package to turn them into black and white images on the loading screens.  While I was at it, I was kinda bored with the stock images I'd been looking at for so long, so I decided to replace them with a bunch of my own screenshots.  I was going to post some samples of the new look, but for some reason I haven't been able to capture a screenshot of that loading screen, so you'll have to use your imaginations unless you D/L and install the mod.

 

Full disclosure, I've scattered in a few of my own personal skins into the mix - for one thing, I happened to have the screenshots of those ready, and for another, I just liked seeing them :)  

 

You can always replace them with shots of your own, if they bother you.

 

The B&W package can be found here:

 

http://www.mediafire...F_for_JSGME.zip

 

I've also uploaded the color versions of the new images, for those who prefer color shots and just want some variety/new shots to look at:

 

http://www.mediafire...F_for_JSGME.zip

 

Hope you enjoy them.


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Posted 15 November 2015 - 00:26

I always thought that still shots in the "Movie Theater" was little silly, wouldn't it be nice to have motion pictures like a "Movie Theater"


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Posted 15 November 2015 - 01:31

I always thought that still shots in the "Movie Theater" was little silly, wouldn't it be nice to have motion pictures like a "Movie Theater"

 

Of course, yes, but that would require tinkering with the actual programming for the loading process, in a way that's well beyond my abilities even if it were exposed for modding, which I strongly suspect it is not.

 

Besides, after they optimized the mission loading time and improved it so much after one of the patch/updates, you don't usually spend much time on that screen anyway now.


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Posted 15 November 2015 - 15:13

Panthercules  I don't pretend to know anything about modding, but are the Still Shots a media file? If so could they be replaced with motion media?   


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Posted 15 November 2015 - 17:55

Panthercules  I don't pretend to know anything about modding, but are the Still Shots a media file? If so could they be replaced with motion media?   

 

They're .dds image files.  I don't know whether there's any way to make a program that expects to display a .dds still image react well to some sort of motion video file.


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Posted 15 November 2015 - 19:45

How do they make them slowly zoom in?


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#7 Panthercules

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Posted 16 November 2015 - 03:08

How do they make them slowly zoom in?

 

I assume that's something they programmed into their loading screen image viewer routine - Personally I don't know how to program it but it strikes me as something fairly simple to do since most image viewers have a zoom capability.  It's too bad they couldn't have figured out a way to use the track viewer they already have in the game to play little short tracks (and then let you swap in your own track files if you wanted to) - that would seem like a natural way to get motion video for that movie theater setting, but I suppose they were more interested in minimizing the loading time than in spending time figuring out how to play video while the mission loads. 


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 05:12

Does this mod interfere with Feathered_IV's WWI loading screen mod?


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:09

Does this mod interfere with Feathered_IV's WWI loading screen mod?

 

Nope - I'm using his mod with this one of mine now with no problems.  His changes the areas surrounding the pictures in the middle, and mine changes the pictures in the middle.


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 07:11

Thanks.


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