Visual effects delay...
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Sat Dec 17 09:48:14 CST 2011
> But as far as I remember this will only affect the "dissolve" effect,
> which does in fact, as Scott already stated, look extremely poor,
> ugly and amateurish without QuickTime. :-)
Indeed it does:
The mask-based dissolve method used in the engine was fine back in '92
when it was first written, but is no longer needed since v2.7 when the
rendering engine was overhauled to support better compositing, which
brought us (among other things like being able to export images of
objects on unopened cards) the ability to apply a blendLevel to most
Why the engine doesn't use graduated blendLevels for dissolve is beyond
me, but when I was making my presentation tool a while back I found the
built-in dissolve so unsuitable on Linux that I wrote a handler to do
that, stepping through a loop in which the blendlevel is brought from
100 to 0 to dissolve objects into view.
That works very well on all platforms, and until the engine's dissolve
effect is updated it's probably the best option we have for the vast
majority of computers that aren't running OS X.
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