The Dissolve Effect

16th March | Announcement, Tutorial

Back in the older MemoriesOnTV 1.X days (it was known as PictureToTV then), we added a DISSOLVE transition effect for the slideshows. This was later removed when we found out that it can generate a “MPEG killer sequence” which can crash the Mpeg encoder completely. Unfortunately, the Mpeg gods from MainConcept say that nothing can be done about this.

The DISSOLVE effect is well-loved by many users, and it’s a real pity to remove it, since the “MPEG killer sequence” happens rarely. It usually happens only when you apply DISSOLVE on a picture (such as a geographical map) with lots of details. In the interest of the reliability of the software, we had to remove it.

Some folks wrote to us and say they really want the DISSOLVE effect.

We said, OK, but you’re willing to live with the effect possibly crashing the software 1% of the time?


In order to protect innocent citizens from getting hurt in this, we’re going to require you to solve the following puzzle correctly, before you can download the effect.

If you don’t know the answer to the following question, please turn back. Do not proceed.

Prove that xn + yn = zn has no non-zero integer solutions for x, y and z for n >= 3.

(We have a truly marvellous proof of this proposition which this web page is too narrow to contain.)

OK… so you solve it? OK… we’re going to give you the benefit of doubt here:

Download Dissolve Effect (for MemoriesOnTV-3 only)

After you’ve downloaded the file, quit MemoriesOnTV first, and put the file in the software’s plugins folder.

If you EVER contact us for technical support for this, we will require you to show us the solution to the above puzzle first. Deal? :)


Our user, Kevin Waddell, correctly pointed out that the above has no proof, since there’re multiple solutions when you allow x, y, or z to be non-positive. Damn, now we have to give Kevin technical support for this. OK, for those who want to try to pull this trick on us, sorry, we now require you to solve it for positive values of x, y and z.

* For the uninitiated, the above puzzle is known as Fermat’s Last Theorem, which has remained unsolvable for 357 years. Andrew Wiles found the proof in 1995.

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