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    Thumbs up [How to] How to make a custom Login Screen/Music.


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    I've seen this question asked around a lot so I thought I would make it as simple as possible for people. I'm not going to explain how to pack the MPQ after you've got it all set up, but I will provide Mpqediten anyway.

    Before we get started you're going to want to have an image editing program.

    (i.e. Paint.net)

    http://http://www.getpaint.net/

    and, you're also going to need this rar file:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?ryvv5vqi2dhakq7

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    Step 1. Extracting the Archive.

    Once you have the Rar file downloaded you're going to want to extract it using WinRaR or any other zip/rar archive extracting program.

    WinRaR

    Step 2. Editing the background image.

    Once you have everything install and the rar archive extracted it's time to get started on editing the background image.

    You're going to want to open the archive folder from where you extracted it and go to

    \Interface\LoginScreen

    Once you get to this part you should see an image named Background.png

    open it with your image editor and change what you want.

    NOTE: Only edit on the white part.

    Step 3. Converting the image to .blp

    Once you have your image edited to the way you like it you're going to want to save it back to

    \Interface\LoginScreen

    and replace the old Background.png

    once you've made it this far you're actually almost done.

    Open up the main directory of the extracted archive again and find "BLPConverter.exe"

    Copy that and paste it into the folder where the background.png is.

    Once you've done that you should have a Background.blp file and you're all set. You just have to make a patch and put it into your WoW folder.

    Editing the Login Music

    If you're getting bored of the old WoW music and want to edit your own you can follow this part of the guide but it's not necessary.

    Step 1. Getting the right music source.

    Once you've got your song picked out you are going to want to make sure it's in .wav format.

    You can convert .mp3's to .wav's using any converter or open it up in a video software like Sony Vegas and re-render it as a .wav

    Step 2. Getting the length of the music

    After you have your song converted to a .wav format we are going to need the duration of the song in seconds.

    the easiest way to find out the length of the song is by doing the following:

    Right Click > Properties > Details

    Under the "Media" portion you should see (Length xx:xx:xx)

    Step 3. Converting the length to seconds.

    Once you find the length we are going to need the duration in seconds like stated previously. The easiest way to do that is by doing this:

    aa:bb:cc

    aa = Hours
    bb = Minutes
    cc = Seconds

    for example:

    My song was 1:52

    So 1 min = 60 seconds + 52.

    The total length of my song in seconds would be 112.

    Copy down your length because we are going to need it later.

    Step 4. Renaming the file and placing it in the correct location.

    Once you have your song duration figured out you are going to want to rename your song to "LoginScreen.wav"

    After you've done that you're also going to want to place it into the LoginMusic folder in your extracted archive folder.

    \Interface\LoginMusic

    Step 5. Setting the song duration for the client to load.

    After you've got everything placed in the right folder's you're going to want to copy the song duration in seconds that you wrote down before.

    Once you've got that done you're going to want to open the file called vx_vars_init.lua

    Open it up with any text editor, in my case i'm using Notepad++.

    Now that we have that file open we are going to want to fine the line that says this:

    Code:
    	VX_MUSICTIMER = GetTime() + EDITINSECONDSHERE;
    Once you've found that you are going to want to replace

    Code:
    EDITINSECONDSHERE
    with your song duration in seconds.

    For example, my song duration was 112 seconds. So it should look something like this:

    Code:
    	VX_MUSICTIMER = GetTime() + 112;
    After you have that replaced you're going to want to save the vx_vars_init.lua and you're pretty much done. Just like before put all of it into a patch and add it to your WoW folder.

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    If you have any questions or problems with this feel free to comment bellow and i'll try to help you to my best extent.
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    This is my first tutorial here on ac-web so if you find anything wrong with it please let me know and i'll try my best to fix it.

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    Thanks to Mordred on ModCraft for helping me figure this out. and for the packaging of the files.
    Last edited by Megakidd; 04-24-2012 at 05:42 PM.

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    Thanks for taking the time to do this,+rep

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vextah View Post
    Thanks for taking the time to do this,+rep
    No problem I had some spare time on my hands so I thought I would go ahead and throw this together quick xD

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    Do I patch both the login screen and the login music together? Do I put them on my Data Folder next to my other patches? Be more precise if you are going to make a guide. I made my custom login screen and also chose my song converted to .wav also having edited the length in the .lua file. Now what? Help me please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatemost View Post
    Do I patch both the login screen and the login music together? Do I put them on my Data Folder next to my other patches? Be more precise if you are going to make a guide. I made my custom login screen and also chose my song converted to .wav also having edited the length in the .lua file. Now what? Help me please.
    You can put both of them in the same patch. Name the patch something along the lines of, "Patch-X" and stick it in your data folder.

    I just made them separate in case people wanted to change the login screen and not the music, and vice versa.

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    Nice one!

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    Well a lil complicated but its ok +rep

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    The BLPconverter is just opening and closing and it doesent convert just as I put it into the LoginScreen folder.

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    Drag the image into the BLP converter

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    Sounds pretty awesome, checking into it now.

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    How to do moving backgrounds?..

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    Nice, will get to this sometime in the future.
    also thanks for that image edit app, +rep

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    Cool tutorial
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathex View Post
    How to do moving backgrounds?..
    Make an animation, I believe Flash is what Blizzard uses as they got this thing going on with Flash, like Flash website, etc etc etc.

    Anywhooooooo;
    I think they run it as raw .swf or .sfw cba learning the extensions for that. But feel free to pop open the .MPQ and EXPLORE FOR YOURSELF, if you don't know what Flash is, look no further, you'll only get yourself a headache.

    On topic;

    +rep <3
    Didn't work, but +rep.

 

 

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