xbMovieMaker
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Converts movies and text into a screensaver.   Free
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Drop a movie on xbMovieMaker.app and let it work. A few seconds later you should have a screen saver with the same name as the movie you used (it will end with .saver). You can use any kind of movie. As long a quicktime recognized it. This includes:
  • Quicktime movies.
  • Flash animation (with Quicktime 6).
  • DIVX's and AVI's (with the right codec).
What's New
Version 0.2 adds the following:
  • Added a message when the application is launched without dropping a movie on it.
  • Disk space is checked before creating the movie.
  • A warning is issued when movie size is over 10MB.
  • If errors are encountered while creating the saver a message is displayed.
  • An application icon has been added.
  • Corrected a problem with looping flash animations.
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 to 10.4 (Untested on later OSes)






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jasonh1234 commented on 18 Dec 2007
I'm sure this program works but I've had troubles with it on the 3 videos I've tried to convert. (All Apple created quicktimes) I tried twice under Tiger and once under Leopard. No joy.
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hdmy commented on 22 Nov 2006
Great! Works as advertised. Thanks, developer.
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angelplasma reviewed on 28 Sep 2006
I was afraid I was gonna be in the office all night figuring out how to best create a screen saver from a quicktime file, and this little program solved my problem in three seconds flat.

thank. you. BRUNO.
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Anonymous reviewed on 25 Jun 2005
I've never made a comment on MacUpdate before, but I am suitably impressed with this app; I've been looking for a program of this nature for some time, and here is finally one that works! Simple and effective. No system crashes, no setup difficulties.

This is honestly worth downloading.

Thank you developer!
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Anonymous reviewed on 01 Apr 2005
I agree with Stephen. It does what it says, and does it well. This is a cool app. I've already taken several movie trailers and turned them into screen savers.
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Anonymous reviewed on 27 Oct 2004
It's a small download and it does what you want it to do.
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Anonymous reviewed on 18 Apr 2004
There aren't enough positive reviews about this app. It does what it says it does and it does it well, what more could you ask for.
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Anonymous reviewed on 25 Jul 2003
I downloaded to test the speed of creating a screensaver of an Animatrix movie file, with a file size of 152 MB. The movie, downloaded off the official Matrix site was a letterboxed 2.35:1 file encoded with sound with a resolution of 640 x 272 pixels, millions of colors and runs for 7 min 15 seconds. I figured that would be a good size to test and the app worked flawlessly, not taking very long to create. There was no telling where the modified file went, so I searched and located it, placing it inside the Screen Savers folder in the library.

Upon opening it, I was happy to see that options were given to allow the user to configure how the file would play. It gives choices to play the file in "Automatic," "Full Screen," and "Scaled." There was also an option for sound volume, including muting the movie.

"Automatic" placed the letterboxed file at the size I wanted, while full screen mode compressed the movie to fit the screen of my 12" iBook 500Mhz G3. I also checked out scaling, which made the movie about 1/4 size of the screen if you scaled it back to the minimal size.

Playback on such a high- res file is not recommended at full screen with this G3 on the screen saver, which has capabilities of playing DVDs quite well, with its use of an ATY RageM3 card holding video memory of 8MB. I have played it at full- wide screen while in automatic, and there is jumping, relating to the speed of the CPU.

Scale back your movie sizes, watch for screen resolution (mine's always set on 1024x768 @ 14 million color) and the more you scale back, the better chance of having the movie load better.

The app is flawless and worth adding to your system if it has a faster processor. Or, push your system to see how far xbMovieMaker will push it.
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Anonymous reviewed on 29 Jun 2003
Works great. What a fantastic idea. Thanks!!
[Version 0.2]


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Downloads:7,612
Version Downloads:4,315
Type:Utilities : Screen Savers
License:Free
Date:05 Apr 2003
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Drop a movie on xbMovieMaker.app and let it work. A few seconds later you should have a screen saver with the same name as the movie you used (it will end with .saver). You can use any kind of movie. As long a quicktime recognized it. This includes:
  • Quicktime movies.
  • Flash animation (with Quicktime 6).
  • DIVX's and AVI's (with the right codec).


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