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       vidwhacker - grab images and apply random filters to them


       vidwhacker  [-display  host:display.screen] [-root] [-verbose] [-stdin]
       [-stdout] [-delay seconds] [-directory directory]


       The vidwhacker program grabs an image from disk, or  from the  system’s
       video  input, then applies random image filters to it, and displays the
       result.  The vidwhacker program does not terminate until killed.

       It depends heavily on the various PBM tools (e.g., ppmrelief(1).)

       Selection of random image files is done by  running  the  xscreensaver-
       getimage-file(1)  program.   Capture  of video frames (if requested) is
       done  by  running  the  xscreensaver-getimage-video(1)  program.    The
       options  of  whether  to  do  video,  and which directory to search for
       images, are specified in the ~/.xscreensaver file.


       vidwhacker accepts the following options:

       -root   Draw on the root window.  This is the default.

               Print diagnostics.

       -stdin  Instead of grabbing an image from disk or video, read an  image
               to  maniupulate  from stdin.  This image must be in ppm(5) for-
               mat.  The program will  still  perform  repeated  random  image
               transformations,  but  it will always use this one image as its
               starting point.

       -delay seconds
               How long to sleep  between  images.   Default  5  seconds  (the
               actual  elapsed time is significantly longer, due to processing

       -stdout Instead of displaying the image on a window  or  on  the  root,
               write the new image on stdout, and exit.

       -directory directory
               Use  this  directory instead of the imageDirectory specified in
               the ~/.xscreensaver file.


       DISPLAY to get the default host and display number.

               to get the name of a resource file that  overrides  the  global
               resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.


       It’s slow.


       It  might be interesting to rewrite this to use gimp(1) plugins instead
       of the pbm tools.  It probably wouldn’t be any faster, but there  would
       be a wider variety of effects available.


       X(1),   xscreensaver(1),  xscreensaver-getimage-file(1),  xscreensaver-
       getimage-video(1), xv(1), ppmtogif(1), cjpeg(1)


       Copyright © 1998-2001 by Jamie Zawinski.  Permission to use, copy, mod-
       ify,  distribute,  and sell this software and its documentation for any
       purpose is hereby granted without fee, provided that  the  above  copy-
       right  notice  appear in all copies and that both that copyright notice
       and this permission notice appear in supporting documentation.  No rep-
       resentations  are  made  about the suitability of this software for any
       purpose.  It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty.


       Jamie Zawinski <>, 18-Jan-98.

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