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How can I create a new model image for Taranis?

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Allan Bennett20/12/2016 21:56:23
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I'm in the process of adding my Blackburn 1912 to my Taranis, and have got a good photo of it. How do I convert this into a form that the Taranis can use, please?

I've already used Irfanview to convert the photo to greyscale, and I've reduced its size until it's only 4.00kB, then copied it over as a .bmp file to the correct folder in my OpenTX Companion directory. I can select it in the drop-down box next to "Model Image" in the Setup tab, but it doesn't display any image when I do so.

Is there an optimum setting for the image, such as dpi and file size?

Jeff Mills20/12/2016 22:18:50
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Have you looked here

Allan Bennett21/12/2016 08:30:03
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Thanks Jeff, I keep forgetting about open-txu since the RCM&E forum is so full of knowledge smiley

Anyway, that link is just what I need. It gives the required spec and how to achieve it.

Allan Bennett21/12/2016 08:53:53
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Job done, but further refinement needed.

One thing I would add to that linked article: It's better if you can get the background of the picture as white as possible so that it doesn't appear as a grey rectangle in the Taranis screen. I haven't done this yet, but it can probably be achieved by manipulating the brightness and contrast in Irfanview.

What the article says about no spaces in the final file name is important! I originally saved mine as "Blackburn 1912", and OpenTX Companion showed it in the drop-down list but didn't display it. Changing the name to simply "Blackburn" sorted that.

Steve Balaam21/12/2016 09:32:44
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I've found with my Taranis & Horus that sound and picture files have to conform with the 7.3 file naming formatthat we know and love with Windows i.e. a max of seven letters in the name and three for the file type otherwise they won't be recognised. There are some characters you can't use in the file name but I think that's not what were discussing here.

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Allan Bennett21/12/2016 11:02:32
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Thanks Steve. The article in Jeff's link says 10 characters maximum, and I've found that "Blackburn" (9 characters) is working okay for my Taranis.

I've just used Irfanview's "Color Corrections >> Gamma correction" in conjunction with "Contrast" to make my background white without overly affecting the rest of the image. So in the screen I now don't see any background.

Bob Cotsford21/12/2016 11:56:22
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Thanks for the links, I've just created a nice Provost imagethumbs up

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