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Visiual Ripple Effect Like Mediaplayer's

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Shows you how to make a player's ripple effect with bitmap not dx


One day when I was listening to a song, I saw the special effect on Media Player. So I began to think how it was created. As a matter of fact, I really don't know how to create it. I started finding a method to simulate it. This time I used the dib to realize it, but I think “DX” will be better. The article may use a lot of DIB manipulation. I will not give any more introduction, please look up in other articles.


I love computer programming. I waste several hours doing it. May be it is useless but I like it because it's created by me. Next time, I'll create the effect by DX. Everyone, please give me more help and suggestions. You can use and modify the code in any way as per your wish.

Using the Code & Sample program

Add the two files to your test application, “RippeEffect.h” and “RippeEffect.cpp”. (Sorry because when I typed the word ripple, I lost a letter “l”.) Now include the header into your code.

#include “RippeEffect.h”
//Created an object like that: 
RippeEffect Rip;

//Now let’s call its public member Init(); 


//At last we call his update member function frequently and pass it 
//a DeviceContent where to show the image. 
//I call this function 30ms once in my test demo. 


Principle of the Effect

Let’s take a look at the class’s definition:

class RippeEffect { 
void SetEffectSize(int iWidth,int iHeight);   //After Initiation,
					//this method sets the size of effect 
void UpdateData(HDC hdc); //To render the image, the method will call frequently 
BOOL Init(); 	//Initiation of all kinds of structures 
BYTE *pBits2; 	//The array to store the bits of bitmap. It’s buffer, 
		//the pBits pointer really is. 
virtual ~RippeEffect(); 
int kind; //Indicate the type of the shape to add to what should to be rendered 
inline void mysetPixel2(BYTE *pBits,int x,int y,COLORREF rgb); //Use to set the 
				//point’s color. X and Y are the values of axis. 
COLORREF mygetPixel(BYTE *pBits,int x,int y); 	//Get the point’s color 
inline POINT ComputerNewPoint(POINT pt,int angle); 	//Calculate the new location 
						//of a pixel after being rotated. 
inline void FadePixel(BYTE *pBits,int x,int y); 	//Decrease the color of the 
						//pixel so that it can disappear. 
UINT getBitCount();	//Get the bit count of the bitmap. 
UINT getBmHeight();	//Get height of the bitmap. 
UINT getBmWidth();		//Get width of the bitmap. 
inline void mysetPixel(BYTE *pBits,int x,int y,COLORREF rgb); //Different with 
		//mysetPixe2 this method will not add the value of the pixel before 
UINT i,x,y,r,k; 	//For loop 
POINT pt; 	//A point which will be used in the rotation... 
UINT m_nBmSize; 	//The size of bitmap. 
BYTE *pBits; 
UINT m_nBmHeight; 	//Private var of this class, the height of bitmap 
UINT m_nBmWidth; 	//The width of bitmap 

After seeing these functions, let's start to have a look at the main line of the code. First, we must fill the struct of BITMAPINFOHEADER and BITMAPINFO. For this reason, we will use SetDIBitsToDevice() function to display the effect as last. Look at the snippet below, it's the member function of the RippleEffect class. It is used to initialize all kinds of data structures, alloc memory.

BOOL RippeEffect::Init()
srand(::GetTickCount()); //random seeds
//Set the BITMAPINFOHEADER struct 
bih.biSize =sizeof(BITMAPINFOHEADER); 
bih.biBitCount =24 ;
bih.biCompression =BI_RGB;
bih.biPlanes =1;
bih.biSizeImage=m_nBmHeight*m_nBmWidth*bih.biBitCount /8;
bih.biYPelsPerMeter =0;
bih.biClrImportant =0;

bi.bmiHeader =bih; //Set BITMAPINFO struct
m_nBmSize=m_nBmWidth*m_nBmHeight*bih.biBitCount /8;
/*After that, calculate the space of the bitmap should be to store in.
In other words, it means to store the bits of bitmap.
Use malloc() function to allocate the space for bitmap.*/

pBits=(BYTE*)malloc(m_nBmSize); //Alloc memory to store bit of bitmap
if(!pBits) return FALSE;

pBits2=(BYTE*)malloc(m_nBmSize);//Alloc memory for a buffer.
if(!pBits2) return FALSE;

//We set all to zero at first.
//Draw a shape on the bitmap.
How to understand code below? Here, it only call a sin() 
function to get a value of y axis. It's to decide what color will be filled in.
0~ PI  <=> 0->1->0
PI*x/255,whereas  0<x<255,so the value also range between in 0 and 1.
sin(..)*255,so the value will range between 0~255.
return TRUE;

When finished with the initialization, you get to show the image:

//Display the bitmap.
::SetDIBitsToDevice (hdc,0,0,getBmWidth(),getBmHeight(),0,0,0,getBmHeight(),

Okay, now the image was shown. We must fade it. How do we do it? Look at the snippet below:

//Fade each pixels in this for loop

FadePixel() method will reduce the value of point's RGB. Be sure that the min RGB value of pixel is 0. R G B are also zero.

Add a new shape to bitmap, I use the easy way to do that. You can understand it:

//To paint the random sin() figure

How to rotate the bitmap? It's always a big problem. I have not found a better way. So I use the formula:

newx = x.cos(angle) + y.sin(angle)
newy = y.cos(angle) - x.sin(angle)

With this formula, I calculate the new point. Copy pBits to pBits2 first, and calculate the new position of pixel in pBits2 assign it to pBits.

We have finished the work, so we could deal with the pBits (a pointer to a bitmap’s bits). We draw some shapes on it and call the FadePixel() function to swap it. Want to know more? Please download the demo and resource to check it out.


  • 24th December, 2009: Initial post
  • 25th December, 2009: Article updated


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Aric Green
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Although I was a college studnet now as the same I was also a teacher of C/C++/3DS MAX/website for National Computer Rank Examination.I began to study computer when I was a child 8 year's old.I use BASIC/C/C++/VB/VF/VC/DELPHI/.NET to programming.When in college I was the chairman of Computer Association of our school and I take part in ACM Competition twice in two years.I also was the only person who take part in the National Mathematical Contest in Modeling twice in two years of our school.I like computer programming very much.Hope to be your friend.thx!

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