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09-14-2006, 11:30 AM
Greetings Everybody-

Although I haven't posted a whole lot, this forum has been extremely valuable in making choices when it comes to purchasing equipment, filmmaking tips, etc. (I am very pleased with my AT897, and my U100 wireless system...) Everyone is very helpful, and down to earth, which is refreshing.

Now that I am 2/3 finished with shooting for Horror contest, I wanted to begin the promotional side of things. I understand I will need to start a new thread in the individual film discussion area. I don't have a whole lot of experience with forums in general, and I'm not sure how to add a banner, or a poster. In the edit signature section, when you hit the add image it prompts you to type a URL, which didn't seem right. It was easy enough to add the avatar, and I figured a banner would be just the same. Also, a friend is designing my banner, and he asked if it could be a SWF file so he could add in a bit of animation. (I assume a JPG would be the standard.) Any information or tips for a forum newbie on this stuff would much appreciated. Thanks, and I can't wait to check out the films...

09-14-2006, 11:35 AM
Glad to hear you are working on an entry. Hope to see it when its finished.

As for the URL prompt question, this is just that, a pointer to a place (a place on the web) where your image is saved.

As an example. If your image's file name was myimage.jpg

and you placed it on your server, with a URL of www.myserver.com (http://www.myserver.com)

then the URL you would enter for the above example would be:


Obviously, the above links would be based upon your file name and the location of your server.

09-14-2006, 11:42 AM
There is a "member upload center button" at the top of the page here. Each user has 10MB web space to upload anything he wants... except porn stuff I assume... anyway, you can in one step upload your banner there by pointing to the file on your computer. After it is uploaded you get some details with the path to your image file on the server where the forum is and you can copy paste this link to your signature. Better keep it to jpeg.

09-14-2006, 11:59 AM
Great, thank you for your quick replies, and for the information. It says I need a minimum of 5 posts to open that service---after this, just one more....

Jack Daniel Stanley
09-14-2006, 08:56 PM
here's how you link to your thread from your banner

1) Copy the link that you want the banner to link to.
2) toggle the little "A" big "A" button in the upperright corner so that you see code.
3) now click the Globe/Link button and the link will appear in code.
4) a portion of the code will already be higlighted. This higlighted part is the part that appears when the code is not visibile. You are going to replace that part with an image.
5) so leaving that text higlighted, copy the URL or image location for your banner in a NEW WINDOW
6) now go back to the old window, and CLICK THE IMAGE BUTTON (or mountain and sun button) and it will replace the higlighted text with your image.

your code should look like this before you change it to have an image
and it should look like this after you replace the url text with the image
and ultimately you get this
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/11424/1157213084.jpg (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=67014)


09-15-2006, 04:31 AM
Hey GTP, welcome to the dance! I've got my "shoes" on for the first time as well and have picked-up quite a bit here as well.

The info the guys gave above is all correct but I wanted to chime in with more simplistic instructions. (Just incase you need it. I know that I did!)

First, your banner dimensions should not exceed 569x70 px

To add a banner to your signature... goto your control panel (user cp), click edit signature. The box in the center of the screen with the typing area and smilies has a RED SQUARE with an "eject" looking icon. This button toggles the MEMBER UPLOAD CENTER. Click it and a new window opens. In that window, you browse your computer files and upload.

When the file is uploaded in the new window, copy the text and paste in your signature window. Hit preview to see that you are successful.

To link that banner to your film discussion thread... goto you thread and copy the link location (as Jack Daniel Stanley states). However, my instructions differ from his and I don't know why. Jack seems great on code, but I have found an easier way... I believe.

Copy your thread location (i.e. http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=71170) and return to your signature screen on the user cp. Find the Globe/Link button, hit it and Paste your copied info there!

That's it, I believe. (that's all that I do. I am not sure about the "little A, big A" thing that JDS was talking about.)

Also, you will find this Red Square with the "eject" looking icon, the MEMBERS UPLOAD CENTER, available to you in every post that you write. Just hit the "go advance" button at the bottom of the Quick Reply box that you enter your comments and such. This button will allow you to add pictures, posters, and such from your computer to this site.

I hope that helps! If not, go back and read the others replies and forget that you ever saw this!

A good luck with you film. Title?

Later - Ted

Jack Daniel Stanley
09-15-2006, 11:01 AM
... To link that banner to your film discussion thread... goto you thread and copy the link location ...
Copy your thread location (i.e. http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=71170) and return to your signature screen on the user cp. Find the Globe/Link button, hit it and Paste your copied info there!
That will make a link that looks like this

how is the link text as it appears above supossed to get replaced with your banner based on your instructions?

My in intrsuctions are the same as yours but you've left off the steps which higlights the text that appears in the post (vs. the link) and replaces it with the banner.

For yours you don't even need to use the globe link button you can just past the url in the body of the post and it will look the same.

What am I missing?

09-15-2006, 11:18 AM
Thanks for the tips--when I have the banner ready I will give it a whirl... I guess we'll see what happens after that.

Hey TheatreGuy, that's an interesting rig with the ladder... you are very brave! I haven't settled on a final title yet, I have still been using the working title. These contests are great to keep things moving fast.