If the testers haven't found any problems by this weekend, I will go ahead
and post the new version. If you are anxious to try it, you can download
the beta version here. Please let me know if you find
any problems. Thanks.
Last Updated: August 9, 2004
Maximum zoom distance slider for controlling the maximum amount that the
screen saver will zoom in on a particular image. Setting this to "Small"
will display the largest possible amount of the picture.
Added feature to force the screen saver to always pan across the entire image.
This works very well if important parts of an image are not being displayed,
or if you are viewing panoramic images.
This screensaver is essentially a Windows version of the Mac OS X
screensaver. When I first saw the screensaver, I had to have a copy
of it, but unfortunately I didn't have a Mac. Instead of buying a
new computer, I sat down and wrote my own version for the PC.
The screensaver displays a cinematic slideshow of jpeg images.
The cinematic motion includes zooming in, zooming out, and panning.
This motion adds a suprisingly effective mood to each image.
In addition, I added a feature that allows you to specify music
files to listen to while the images are being displayed.
The music can either be directly off a CD, or files in mp3 format.
Download MotionPicture Screen Saver
This screensaver is free, but if you like it enough to donate money,
please use the following button. I will be very appreciative.
GeForce2 or better graphics card (I know this seems unnecessary but a
partiticular implementation issue has only been supported since the GeForce2).
DirectX 8.1 or higher (If you don't currently have this or have
no idea what it is, you
can download it here).
Windows 95/98, XP, 2000
Copy MotionPicture.scr into the c:\windows directory.
Depending on the operating system this directory might be the
c:\winnt directory. If for some reason this doesn't work, put the
file in the c:\windows\system32 directory.
Right click on the desktop and select properties.
Select the "Screen Saver" tab.
Select the MotionPicture screen saver and click "Settings".
Specify the Motion Properties, Transition Ordering, and File Settings.
Time per image specifies how long each image will be displayed.
The Zoom Speed slider controls the speed of the zoom motion for each picture.
Note that adjusting the time per image will also affect the zoom speed.
The Max Zoom Distance slider controls the maximum amount that the screen saver
will zoom in on a picture. Setting this slider to "Small" will ensure that
the largest possible amount of the picture will be displayed. If parts of the
image are still not visible on the "Small" setting, then the image has an aspect
ratio that does not match the current resolution, and therefore can't show
the whole image. If this is a problem, select the "Always pan across entire
The Maximum Pan Speed slider controls the maximum possible speed used for
panning an image. The actual pan speed for each image is randomly selected
between no panning and the maximum pan speed. This slider will do nothing
if the "Always pan across entire image" is selected.
Note that adjusting the time per image will also affect the pan speed.
The "Always pan across entire image" checkbox forces the screen saver to
always pan across the entire image to ensure that most of the image is
displayed. This works well if important regions of the image are not being
displayed or if panoramic images are being used.
The quality slider can be lowered to shrink large images, in order to improve
performance or reduce memory usage.
Vertical Bias can be used to force the screen saver to always show the upper
half of images. This feature works well when displaying images of people
whose faces are generally on the top of the picture.
Sequential selects images and music in alphabetic order by file name.
Random selects images and music randomly.
Random (No Repeats) selects files randomly but will not repeat
until every file has been used.
Test the screen saver with either the "Preview" button, or click "ok" and
wait for the screen saver to start.
Picture directory is the base directory that contains jpeg images to be
displayed. The screen saver will find all jpegs stored in this directory
and any subdirectories (so DO NOT select c:\ unless you want to wait a while
for the program to search your entire hard drive for images).
Specify the music settings that you prefer. You can either read
directly off a CD or specify a location of MP3 files. The screensaver
will find all MP3s in the specified directory and any subdirectories.
Simply delete MotionPicture.scr from the directory that you installed it to.
This directory should either be "windows", "winnt", "windows\system", or
If the screen saver runs too choppy, or if images are not being displayed
correctly, try using smaller images or lowering the quality slider.
Although the screen saver may seem
simple, it is actually quite computationally expensive.
If have any questions regarding the use of MotionPicture screen saver, or
have discovered a bug, please
send me an email at email@example.com. Also, I would appreciate any
suggestions that would make the screen saver better. Just make sure to
include something about MotionPicture in the Subject of the email, otherwise
it may be deleted.
Terms of Usage:
By downloading MotionPicture screen saver, you must agree to use the
screen saver at your own risk. I claim no responsibility for damage done
to your system as a result of running the screen saver. I also claim no
reponsibility for any harm done to any person watching the screen saver.
If you experience these or any other problems, please email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and give me a description of what happened.
I will do my best to fix these problems.
Occasionally, images are not loaded into memory correctly. This can cause
several graphical issues. Depending on the device and drivers, this could
result in a white screen, or in some cases the screen will flash red.
This issue seems to arise from low performance machines or from using
images that are too large.
Reading MP3s over a network may cause a DirectX Assertion error, or
MP3s may just never play.
Version 1.1 : Improves on version 1.0 by removing support for WAV music
files and adding support for MP3s and CDs. If anyone wants WAV support,
let me know and I will put it back in.
Version 1.11 : Fixed bug that causes crash the first time you run
the screen saver.
Version 1.12 : Fixed several bugs that caused crashes. Added features for
random transitions, quality, vertical bias, and zoom/pan speed.
Version 1.13 : Added "Max Zoom Distance" slider and the "Always pan across
entire image" checkbox.
The following sites have pictures that look extremely good
with MotionPicture screen saver. I highly recommend downloading
The Art of Craig Mullins
Astronomy Picture of the Day
NASA Image Galllery
Visible Earth, pictures of Earth from space.
mp32wav (converts mp3s into wav files.
This isn't really needed after version 1.1 since there
is direct support for MP3s and CDs).
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