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Converting TD graphics to TS
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Banshee
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2003 1:20 pm    Post subject:  Converting TD graphics to TS Reply with quote

That's quite simple to convert graphics from Tiberian Dawn (C&C95) to Tiberian Sun. Follow the 8 steps below:


1. turn on the convert from TD option in XCC Mixer
2. convert the SHP to PCX
3. turn off the convert from TD option
4. turn on the Use for Conversion option
5. select the correct palette (probably unittem.pal)
6. selecting the PCX numbered 000 or 0000
7. right click on it and select "Copy as SHP (TS)".
8. turn off the Use for Conversion option

old version wrote:
6. select all of the PCX's (by selecting the first one, pressing the shift key, then selecting the last PCX and then releasing the shift key)
7. while all of the PCX's are selected, right click and "Copy as SHP (TS)".



Now you might want to repeat this process for the snow theater frames so it isn't invisible on snow maps in case you are making buidings.


Thanks to Kravitz for this tutorial.

Edit: Updated by Kravvitz. Thank you, DCoder, for reminding me that you really should only select the first PCX file. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There seems to be a problem with this. I follow the instructions step by step, but it won't let me make a TS SHP out of the units. It says the pcx files must be named image ####.pcx, while the TD images only use 3 numbers.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea, you must save your picture in the following way:

nameofyourpicture 0000.pcx
nameofyourpicture 0001.pcx
...
nameofyourpicture XXXX.pcx
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assume there's a more efficient way than renaming every single pcx manually?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In fact, XCC automatically does that on step 2.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not for me... It saves every file as e1 XXX.pcx

At least I think I'm converting them. I use "Copy as PCX" because I can't find any other option.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm... then, you have to add a 0 before the other XXX part...

I dont know any tool that does it for you, although it wouldnt be hard to code one.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure what the error is, apparently it's working fine for everyone else doing it. The version I'm using is 1.23, is it outdated?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1.27 is current, but there are some bugs in the older features.

I use 1.21. (I wrote this tutorial.)

IIRC, Irfanview has a batch conversion/rename tool that can do that for you.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a bunch Kravvitz, that bath conversion thing works like a charm.

However the damn XCC Mixer is STILL giving me the same error, it doesn't make any sense! They're all named e1 0001.pcx - e1 0532.pcx, but it says "Bad filename".
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2004 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Select only the first frame, then click Convert as SHP(TS).
If you select not-the-first frame, you'll get the error, but it should still create the shp correctly.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2004 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allright, I think I've sorted this out now. I can make a .shp out of the pcx files... The next problem is that the palette and animation sequnces are wrong, what's the best, most efficient way to solve this problem?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2004 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you followed the directions exactly, it should have been converted to the palette you chose.

For the sequencing use OS SHP Builder.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2004 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the palette isn't really wrong, it's just that the uniform isn't remapable. I'd like to avoid having to recolor it frame by frame.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2004 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

See the palette wasn't wrong, you just ant to change the remaps.

Use OS SHP Builder to recolor it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 9:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Converting TD graphics to TS Reply with quote

Banshee wrote:
That's quite simple to convert graphics from Tiberian Dawn (C&C95) to Tiberian Sun. Follow the 8 steps below:


1. turn on the convert from TD option in XCC Mixer
2. convert the SHP to PCX
3. turn off the convert from TD option
4. turn on the Use for Conversion option
5. select the correct palette (probably unittem.pal)
6. selecting the PCX numbered 000 or 0000
7. right click on it and select "Copy as SHP (TS)".
8. turn off the Use for Conversion option


I need better instuctions that follow the exact words on mixer. When i get to #6 i cant find were it is ?
please pm the info with pictures


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where did you put the PCX files when you converted them from the SHP?

Why would I PM it to you instead of posting it here?

This was written for an older version of XCC Mixer, somethings may have been changed.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2004 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kravvitz wrote:
Where did you put the PCX files when you converted them from the SHP?

Why would I PM it to you instead of posting it here?

This was written for an older version of XCC Mixer, somethings may have been changed.



I just copied it as a PCX then continued.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2004 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are then in your xcc mixer directory
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