12. July 2009
I’m currently using the WYSIWYG editor TinyMCE with bbPress for a project. Unfortunately, bbPress doesn’t like it when it gets <p> tags through TinyMCE and therefore messes up the post. I have written an (extremely) simple plugin for TinyMCE which transforms <p>s into double linebreaks before posting therefore preserving compatibility. <br />s are transformed into single linebreaks.
The plugin is based on the BBCode plugin by Moxiecode Systems AB distributed together with TinyMCE, so they deserve most of the credit. I only adjusted a few replacement calls.
Currently there is one disadvantage: When you want to edit an existing post, double linebreaks are not converted back into <p>s, but into double <br />s. This usually looks just fine, but is not perfect.
Unpack the zip file into the TinyMCE plugins folder. Add “bbpress” to the list of activated plugins.
Important: Also set remove_linebreaks to false, or all linebreaks will get removed by TinyMCE.
bbPress Plugin for TinyMCE 0.2
bbPress Plugin for TinyMCE 0.1
24. May 2008
Rain in movies is always a tricky thing. Natural rain is so subtle that it is hardly noticable in the picture. It is also usually not available on command and one has to worry about drowning the expensive equipment. Therefore, natural rain is usually substituted by large raining devices which create especially large streams of rain. Another alternative is computer generated rain.
The article “Making a CG Rainstorm with After Effects Plug-ins and Automated Rotoscoping” discusses the latter option. Based on a commercial for BMW, it shows how a scene shot in sunlight is transformed into a fierce rainstorm.
Several techniques are employed. Rain and falling stones are generated by the plugin Particular. One can use it to render 3D particle simulations directly in After Effects. To postprocess the filmed BMW the team used a rotoscoping software called Motor. Seemingly, it can automate the rotoscoping process quite a lot.
For illustration the article includes two videos comparing original shot and postprocessed result. Have fun. :)
» Making a CG Rainstorm with After Effects Plug-ins and Automated Rotoscoping
(This article is also available in German)