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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by prerunnerseth, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. prerunnerseth

    prerunnerseth Android Enthusiast
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    I finally figured out how to get my custom boot animation running. My friend is working on the graphics for my custom animation. I will post a video and full how to writeup when I'm done!

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  2. tallelf78

    tallelf78 Member

    sweet, i love open source
  3. prerunnerseth

    prerunnerseth Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Ok, I've done a very basic mod to the animation that has my User Name on it. I will post a video tonight. Heres the howto

    How To:

    Install winrar

    Root your droid!

    using the console or Root explorer goto the /system/media directory.

    Copy bootanimation.zip to your SD Card.

    Connect your droid to your computer with usb and mount the SD Card

    Copy bootanimation.zip to your computer.

    extract bootanimation.zip to a folder

    Inside you will find 2 folders with all the individual PNG files in them.

    With photoshop or paint modify the png files to add your custom graphics.

    Highlight the two folders and the desc file.

    Right click the highlighted files.

    Select add to archive.

    Select Zip

    In the compression method drop down box select Store. (this is key if you dont do this it wont play the animation)

    save the archive as bootanimation.zip

    copy the new bootanimation.zip to your SD Card

    Load terminal emulator and enter the following commands with an enter after each



    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

    dd if=/sdcard/bootanimation.zip of=/system/media/bootanimation.zip



    Enjoy your new custom boot animation!!!
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  4. mazz0310

    mazz0310 Android Enthusiast

    Awesome, can't wait to see what you come up with.
  5. MSU

    MSU Member

    this forum really needs separate sections for general Droid talk and rooting.
  6. prerunnerseth

    prerunnerseth Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Hope this explodes for us. would be cool to see an app to load custom boot animations for rooted droids and a place with a selection of custom animations people have made.
  7. prerunnerseth

    prerunnerseth Android Enthusiast
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  8. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    are you sure you need root? I was reading somewhere yesterday some people found a way or were close w/o needing to root. just replacing some files or some such.
  9. superdesi

    superdesi Android Enthusiast

    Is it possible to edit out the Droid Eye and not have it fade out the text like it did with your screenname?
  10. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    Tempts me to render a fully animated 3D scene.
  11. prerunnerseth

    prerunnerseth Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    You can literally do anything you feel like. I just added to the original animation. but you can fully replace it if you want. Even add frames. I added a few frames to mine to get things to sync up right. You just have to keep the file numbering scheme right. When you get the zip file there are two folders in it that contain the animation PNG files. The second folder is for the loop at the end. So once it reaches the end of the sequence it will loop whatever is in the second folder.
  12. prerunnerseth

    prerunnerseth Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I believe the root is required to have read/write access to the directory. Without the root you have read only and will be unable to copy the zip file back to the /system/media directory.
  13. sneaky_zekey

    sneaky_zekey Member

    how do i do this with a counsel, can i do this all with my pc
  14. LethalAndroid

    LethalAndroid Newbie

    little fyi ... you can make the animation as long as you want. but it will cut off as soon as the phone loads. simply add more files keeping with the sequence. the folder part 0 is the part that does not loop. part 1 will loop after part 0 plays and while phone is still loading.

    increments go a long way so unless you want jumping letters across the screen if you intend them to scroll move them little by little.

    ill post up as soon as i can get a vid made. i like mine alot :)
  15. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    Correct but the link I was reading said something like the droid would look for a user or local dirictory or something first before defaulting back to the directory where the (un-writeable) default animation is.

    Let me see if I can find the link...

    Edit: found it. Somewhere in this link: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-hacks/4095-modifying-boot-animation-5.html
  16. sneaky_zekey

    sneaky_zekey Member

    so what would be the best program to use to edite the png files, i want flams around the eye and words
  17. prerunnerseth

    prerunnerseth Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I used photoshop. its a tedious process.
  18. Fadelight

    Fadelight Android Expert

    I did some work on it. It came out like crap, though. Me + Photoshop = epic fail. I've never been good at things like that.
  19. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    I use PhotoShop a LOT. I guess I'll be editing my boot animation. By the way ... you guys suck! :p Quit making me do all this crap! :D:D:D
  20. prerunnerseth

    prerunnerseth Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

  21. iamkewl

    iamkewl Member

    Yours boots WAY faster than mine. Hmmmm :/
  22. trp3383

    trp3383 Newbie

    i really like that.. mind sharing?
  23. prerunnerseth

    prerunnerseth Android Enthusiast
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  24. tsaunders

    tsaunders Android Enthusiast

    Might have to root just to do this - :p

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