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Simple Page Slides with BrightAuthor



This seems like it should be a lot easier than it is. I'm using an HD810, BrightAuthor, and a 3M microtouch. There are two pages for each image. (example: page 1 and 2 are in the same image). I want the book to slide either from left-to-right, or right-to-left depending on which page the user touches. Unfortunately, for every image, there is only one transition available in BrightAuthor. a) Am I doing something wrong? b) Is there any way at all to do this? Thanks!

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    RokuLyndon


    YOu can do this. You can drag multiple copies of the same file into your interactive playlist. You can do this for each image you'll be transitioning to. You can setup different transitions for each copy of the image.
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    spacebarsentiments


    Thanks for the quick reply.

    This is what I've done already. Now there are three instances of every image. One as the new page, one to go left, one to go right.

    Unfortunately, what I've found is loading these new images and then sliding, is taking far too long. From the time the user touches the zone, it takes about three seconds for the transition, which seems straight outta 1996.

    I need the reaction to happen (almost) instantly, but cannot figure out how.
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    RokuLyndon


    How many images are in your project? What's the resolution of the images, and what's the resoltuion that the display is set to?

    If the images are scaling, this can add to the display time, and depending on the transion used, this can also add to the display time.

    One thing we can do is convert your images to videos. Videos start faster.  I have a batch file that can be used along with the ffmpeg utility to convert all images in a folder to 1 second videos. While your images might take 1 - 3 seconds to open, these videos will normally open in 20 - 40 ms.
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    spacebarsentiments


    There are 24 images in this project.

    They are 1024x768, baseline jpg's. The monitor and BrightAuthor project is also set to 1024x768. So I didn't think there would be any scaling.

    The transition I am using is a slide.
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    sportalrocks


    Hi Lyndon,

    RE:"One thing we can do is convert your images to videos. Videos start faster. I have a batch file that can be used along with the ffmpeg utility to convert all images in a folder to 1 second videos."

    This is the same project I was asking about. For the 3M touchscreen...

    Can you send a link to the batch file you mention above?

    The big issue is that we have to pass through a "no transition" image to change the slide direction:

    Pic #2: no transition (1 zone full screen)

    Left touch -->              
    Pic #2.1 : slide from left
    --> timeout 1 to Pic #1 : no transition

    Right touch -->
    Pic #2.2 : slide from right
    --> timeout 1 to Pic #3 : no transition

    This is the only way I have gotten the reverse slide to work, but as noted it is too slow by far.  Any other programming recommends?

    ...thanks again for all your help!


    Thanks,
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    RokuLyndon
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    RokuLyndon



    I believe you're supposed to be able to inserter some transitions using ffmpeg, but I'm not that adept. For the images with transitions, one solution that would work given the small number of files is to use a program like microsoft moview maker to make movies out of each image, and include a transition with the slides you want to have transitions.

    If you send me some sample images to support@brightsign.biz, I'll do a sample problem with some converted images and show you what I mean.

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    spacebarsentiments


    Well, I downloaded the file you posted, and I have no clue what to do with it.

    I tried opening it, but the screen flashes for a fraction of a second, and nothing happens.

    I tried dragging the files onto the "30fps-noupscale" file, with the same result. I tried dragging the files onto ffmpeg, same result.

    So, in conclusion, I'm still pretty much in the dark here and have no idea how or why or what or.... ?
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    RokuLyndon


    I'm sorry I wasn't clear. Copy your jpegs to the same folder as two files, then double-click on the 30fps file.
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    spacebarsentiments


    Thanks again for the quick response, but this batch converter is odd.

    I copied 24 jpg's into the same folder as the batch converter, ran it, and now I have 11 jpgs and 11 movies. Not sure what precisely is the deal here.
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    RokuLyndon


    Can you send me your files to test? Ive never had a problem with the batch file deleting files. It makes a copy of each image, 30 copies to be exact, and creates a video, then deletes the extra. I've used it on as many as 3000 files at once. I'll see if I can duplicate it. If you copied over 24 images, it should have created 24 videos, and left your 24 images in place.
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    sportalrocks


    Hi,

    Those files are great! Thanks so much.  However...

    We have been working with photos (not even scans) because the book we are representing on the touchscreen is too fragile to open fully. This is making the text too fuzzy when exported as videos.  If we had a cleaner original we could totally do this with the above methods. Note for others--strongly recommend using omni script to build a clean representation / file if you are working off a historical book or document.

    It's too close for us to do that so, we are going to just run 1024 X 768 JPEG images with no transition in order to keep the text readable.  Still looks and runs awesome. Next time!  

    I really appreciate all your help.
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