Back in 1998 when Microsoft released DirectX 6 Media SDK, it
featured a set of DirectX Transforms from Metacreations. These were a few
fanciful transitions and effects one could presumably apply to still images to enhance web sites.
However these demanded a lot of processing power to work in real time and
proved too expensive for the standard PCs of that time. The idea failed big
time and in a couple of years the company went out of business (may be not
only because of this)!
These demo transitions remained
part of some later releases of DirectX and Internet Explorer but then
suddenly disappeared when IE 5.5 came out. However these can be
resurrected back to life by implanting the old DirectX DLLs.
Incidentally these seem to be
very suitable for use as Windows Movie Maker transitions due to the non-real
time nature of Movie Maker and because the average PC's processing power has
increased many folds since 1998.
WARNING: Please note that a few
(less than 1%) users have reported that installing the following files have
caused system wide unstability. Please note that these are completely
unsupported files so install them on your own risk. At the least make sure
System Restore active so that you can undo these changes if needed.