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SC1 Animated GIFs
« on: April 07, 2007, 08:24:45 pm »

Behold the StarControl lovin'!
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I'm most proud (and had to work hardest on) the Syreen. The original animation didn't have her unfolding her arms and making her do that while not having the crew look funny was tough. I was considering making that my avatar on every board I visit, but I have a policy about using someone else's artwork as an avatar when I have so much of my own to use.

So here's what I'm gussing the FAQs are going to be:
Q1. I've never seen these. They look cool but what are they?
A1. These are animations ripped from the full game portion of StarControl 1.

Q2. How long did it take to put these together?
A2. In actual work time, 3, maybe 4 hours to record, edit, and convert to GIFs. In terms of how long from beginning to end it's been over a year.

Q3. Can I use thse for...
A3. Dude (or Dudette, depending on your denomination), I'm putting them on the internet. If that's not invitation enough to have people use and abuse them i don't know what is. Besides, isn't not like they're my animations. I stole them from SC1. I expect to see these in people Avatars and posts. Personally I think the new "ZING" should look like:
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or something along those lines

Q4. Hey could you do for me...? / I think you should do next....
A4. See A2 above. Over a year on these. I don't do requests. I have a life, a wife, two and a half kids, and a career. I really didn't have the time for the ones I did. You want something done, do it yourself.

Q5. Why are you posting these here. This is the UQM board and A1 says these are from Star Control.
A5. Yeah, but I don't hang out at the PONAF boards as much anymore, so I assume no one else does either. Besides, you got a problem with Star Control related stuff on this board you can go stick it up your nose.

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Re: SC1 Animated GIFs
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2007, 10:22:58 pm »

Wow cool! Reminds me how much fun i had playing SC1 back in the day. Its all good to post anything SC related in this forum as far as i'm concerned.
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2007, 11:56:00 pm »

Awesome! You are an hero man!
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2007, 04:20:05 pm »

Awesome work guesst.  I love it.  I remember the first Star Control.  I still have to get used to the full game starfield, and remembering what those symbols mean.

Takes me back in the day.

I love the gifs. Cheesy

I was wondering, what program did you use to record the animations?
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2007, 06:01:20 am »

I was wondering, what program did you use to record the animations?

Well, here's the story. I discovered DOSBox had movie recording capability, so I started up a game and as quickly as possible triggered all the events seen and surprsingly managed to get them all in a relatively short movie.

Then I took them into Adobe's video editing program (I don't remember it's name right now) to crop and seperate the clips.

It took me a long time after that to discover that Adobe's Image Ready did animated GIFs. It only took me an hour or so to get from the clips to what you see.
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2007, 05:26:43 am »

Awesome, I sat here several minutes just staring at them.

...that Syreen is in her underwear, isn't she? Given that they're blue and all I mean.
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2007, 06:26:08 am »

Ahem, I believe its a Tactical Syreen Officer uniform Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2007, 02:26:46 pm »

Hmm... looks like FF/PR3 had a ZEX-like perverse attraction to blue women...  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2007, 03:38:35 pm »

That's funny. I always thought the in ship picture for the syreen had their skin LIGHT blue, I'll have to go check. But if that's the case, that she's standing on that hill top (in the shadows perhaps?) I don't understand how the crews are managing to make it into the ship. With their neck craned to see her they should all be bumping into the wall.
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2007, 04:47:01 pm »

They're always dark blue, save for Talana, who's light blue (except for that beautiful picture hosted at the Ultronomicon article about Talana). Maybe she's just hypnotizing Zelnick into believing that she has that skin color/Maybe the light on her is so brilliant, combined with the fact that Zelnick has just awakened and his pupils are dilated. She may be naturally either light or dark blue (maybe there are two varieties of Syreen, or Talana's an exception). Or maybe they're all light blue, but the one in these GIFs and in the Penetrator's captain portrait are sitting in the shadows.

As to how the crew members can be so disciplined - probably the Syreen promised them an entire night spent with them, secondary effects on both parties included.  Wink She doesn't have to keep her promise though.  Cry
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2007, 07:49:16 pm »

Maybe Syreens are naturally dark blue, but during the first war with the Ur-Quan when the Syreen and Humans were allied, there was some lurve makin', and some lighter skinned offspring were produced.
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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2007, 10:18:04 pm »

Maybe, like humans, Syreen skin can be many shades - depending on how close to the equator their ancestors lived. Can you imagine supox, shofixti or anyone arguing about whether humans were black or white?
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« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2007, 11:14:16 pm »

Can you imagine supox, shofixti or anyone arguing about whether humans were black or white?

No. But I can imagine them arguing about whether humans are pink or brown.
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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2007, 01:08:57 am »

Just looking at ‘white’ folks around the office here, and most of them are really a very light brown – its weird colour really. Where there is no pigment (looking at my own palms) it’s a pinky-white. Are we off topic yet?
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Re: SC1 Animated GIFs
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2007, 05:43:00 pm »

I don't understand how the crews are managing to make it into the ship. With their neck craned to see her they should all be bumping into the wall.
Most of the Syreen space thing (WHAT did they CALL that?!) was female, in contrast to our male-dominated Star Control.
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