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Best software in the world, ever

This is a small post totally unrelated to vst plugin development, but I feel I need to share this discovery with any readers. SWTSG is a bit of software which makes the Star Wars opening text crawl with the Lucas Art’s and 20th Century Fox logos also. The results are nothing short of stunning, but you’ll need access to a mac to use it unless you want to port it (the source is freely available on the website). There is a tutorial on how to merge all of the bitmaps generated by the software into a video file, but I found it much easier to use Matlab to do it for me. Here is my little Matlab script contribution.

close all; clear all; clc
bmpDir = 'bmps';

aviobj = avifile('demo', 'compression', 'divx', 'fps', 25);
x = dir(bmpDir);
ofst = 4;
for n = 1+ofst:numel(x)
    frm = im2frame(imread(fullfile(bmpDir, x(n).name)));
    aviobj = addframe(aviobj,frm);
    disp(n)
end
aviobj = close(aviobj);

Put the bitmaps into a sub folder named “bmps” and then just run the script from the top directory. This will generate a Divx movie called “demo.avi”, which will look awesome and be about 8MB for 2 minutes of video using the ‘large’ setting in the SWTSG renderer software. If you don’t have divx installed, you can download it from here or change ‘divx’ to ‘none’ in the above script, although this will create a much larger file.

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  1. Devon
    February 28, 2010 at 18:20

    My program won’t open. It asks if I want to Open it or Save it. I click Open and it opens internet explorer. After that it automaticlly closes and asks me again over and over. I don’t know what to do.

    • March 5, 2010 at 11:19

      This software is mac only in its current state I think.

  2. May 1, 2010 at 11:30

    Who is watching this commcent he is a donkey.

  3. May 17, 2010 at 09:12

    Thanks for sharing this…

  4. June 16, 2010 at 07:22

    You are so nice to share these with us.

  5. November 18, 2010 at 17:00

    nice tutorial

  6. Sagar Prashant Bhatt
    August 16, 2011 at 09:13

    Unluckily, the video does not work now!

  1. April 12, 2009 at 05:29

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