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#256 Heykrop

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 12:34 AM

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QUOTE (Question: Why? biggrin.gif @ Feb 10 2004, 01:01 AM)
What's the difference between 4:3 and 16:9? and which one looks better?

The 4:3 aspect ratio is what you are probably looking at on your current TV. It is the aspect ratio of a standard square TV. Normaly it is 4 by 3 for every 4 pixels across there are 3 pixels vertical. Not perfectly square but close.

16:9 is the typical aspect ratio of Widescreen TV's and monitors. It is what is used most in HDTV broadcast. It is also the aspect ratio that most movies are converted down to for distribution on DVD. Most motion pictures are shot in wider than 16:9 aspect ratios. Like 1.85:1 and 2.35:1. In comparison 16:9 would be roughly 1.78:1.


As for which looks better. 16:9 is going to look better for most things but it will depend on the source material and whether or not it was created for 16:9. A 4:3 image displayed on a 16:9 screen will do one of 3 things depending on the hardware or display. 1. Nothing at all. It will still be a square 4:3 image and there will be black all around the image which would be the unused area of the display. 2. It will stretch to fill the entire screen and have an unatural look as well as a lot of distorion especially on round objects. May also have tearing and other artifacting issues with the image being stretched. 3. Some displays can Up-Sample the 4:3 source and actually do a fairly decent job. Most of the time this is done by adding data to the immage to fill it out to fit the 16:9 display.

The other thing as well is that most of the time a 16:9 image will also have more lines of resolution than it's 4:3 countepart and thus have a more vibrant crisp look to it.

Edited by Heykrop, 10 February 2004 - 12:26 PM.


#257 badmotha

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 11:30 AM

heres 4:3 for ya

skin name: anti-hero, contain 5 diff xbx
still lookin for ppl who can help me 2 take a decent screenshot though........
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preferred env: dark room, loud depressing rock/industrial music (i choose the spawn soundrack-obviously), some good "herbal" ciggies......

Edited by badmotha, 12 February 2004 - 02:40 AM.


#258 Inertia_

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 12:45 PM

Thought I'd give away a couple of items from my burgeoning reject bin. It'd be quite possible to create something cool out of either of these, but I just can't be arsed to work out what.

1) One Aphex Twin orb w/ alpha channel for transparency.

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2) A backdrop which looked great until I actually put it on the Xbox.

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#259 Master3xBOx

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 07:35 PM

This is my first skin, I hope to make more. I used to use evox and mxm for a long time till a while back I decided to try the hacked dash. Boy am I glad i changed. tongue.gif I LOVE this dash. So I decided to take a stab at a skin

Its still a WIP. I don't know what to do with the cellwall, whether to get rid of it or to change it to something else. And I'm still tweaking the colors to match right

Well here's some screenies. biggrin.gif

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I'd love feedback, or some info on what i should do to make it better.
If all goes well I should have it ready by Friday.

Edited by Master3xBOx, 28 March 2004 - 06:49 PM.


#260 kotten

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 09:35 PM

I must say that all you guys have very nice ms dashboards!!! My question is: How do you do to add a menu in ms dashboard? I play my game from evox dashboard now, but i want to play the game, apps, emu... from the ms dashboard... please help me!!! I have change the background on my ms dashboard but i also want to add som menu to.

Please help me!

//Daniel

#261 EcL|PsE

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 10:53 PM

is there any skins that look jus liek the facotry ms dash(green)

#262 Lightning|Striker

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 10:58 PM

....then what would be the point of skinning it?!


Master3xBOx: Sweet looking skin, mind if i snagged it off you sometime?

#263 SGT DUDE

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 11:09 PM

Master3xBOx Thats a great Skin, I like it alot pop.gif

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Edited by SGT DUDE, 10 February 2004 - 11:10 PM.


#264 Master3xBOx

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 01:05 AM

Thanks for the feedback. I think I've got the colors figured out and have some screens and a prerelease archive up at http://home.mchsi.co...xbox/index.html .

EDIT: The link was broken by me rolleyes.gif. It should be working now

I think the final should be up tomarrow.
Hope you all like it as much as I do.

Edited by Master3xBOx, 11 February 2004 - 12:43 PM.


#265 microsizeboy

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 07:07 AM

Just get the tHc dashes. They come in fruity pebble colors purple, blue, orange, red, and green.

http://kanaberra.nerim.net/kbox/

go there for tutorials.

#266 ImOkRuOk

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Posted 12 February 2004 - 02:30 AM

Midnight Warlock Tribute with a White Ninja BG
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Tryin a black n white one right now:) Will post a shot when done...

...Thanx ThC, JBone n the crew... Kanabra for the tuts and everyone else for there support, or lack there of:)

#267 badmotha

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Posted 12 February 2004 - 02:37 AM

thanks for pwrcracker200 to take really GREAT screenshot of this
skin name: anti-hero, contain 5 diff xbx
to switch background press white

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start downloadin' wink.gif

#268 douwd

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Posted 12 February 2004 - 04:04 AM

Looks good, but the xbx folder in the rar file confuses me a little.

Should every xbx be inserted into default.xip ?, guess not.

Imho it would be even more intuitive if the *.xbx had a self explanatory folder structure like the *.xap files.

But then again, it's your skin. You da man.

Edited by douwd, 12 February 2004 - 04:11 AM.


#269 cypher35

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Posted 12 February 2004 - 04:12 AM

QUOTE (ImOkRuOk @ Feb 11 2004, 10:30 PM)
Midnight Warlock Tribute with a White Ninja BG
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Tryin a black n white one right now:) Will post a shot when done...

...Thanx ThC, JBone n the crew... Kanabra for the tuts and everyone else for there support, or lack there of:)

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your screenie gives me an idea... i'm gonna try to make it so that my dash will display a different screen for apps, games, emulators, and dashboards. Although i'm new to this, i think i posess the coding skillz to get this to work wink.gif

i'll keep you guys posted if it works.

#270 badmotha

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Posted 12 February 2004 - 04:25 AM

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Imho it would be even more intuitive if the *.xbx had a self explanatory folder structure like the *.xap files.


insert 2 default.xip:
Game_hilite01.xbx
HALO.xbx <---i use it to test the cube rotation(optional)
xboxbg2.xbx
xboxbg3.xbx
xboxbg3.xbx
xboxbg5.xbx
xboxbg.xbx

insert 2 mainmenu5.xip:
xbox4.xbx

overwrite outline.xbx on:
music2.xip
setting3.xip
Music_PlayEdit2.xip
settings_language.xip
settings_timezone.xip

i will put that also on the readme rolleyes.gif

Edited by badmotha, 12 February 2004 - 04:32 AM.





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