The COBRA MANAGER itself didnt look very appealing to pretty much anyone. it also has a lot of complaints about it too, “comes with a slick UI” ..yeah..well it does now
After some FTPING [VIA ETHNET] into the COBRA directory, I found that the manager itself is just comprised of PNG files,[will explain more in a minute we have ALOT to cover]
Everything you’ll need will be in a RAR file.
What me and fffrage have accomplished we revamped the dull cobra manager to any skin you guys would like. fffrage created the templates, which you see, so please give him thanks. He did all the hard work. XD
Now, for the tutorial.
To make things easier please make sure that the following programs are installed before hand.
The pictures MUST be in 1920×1080 for this to work. A quick google will bring up aload of images in that resolution. If you have a picture that isnt in 1920×1080 you can create it with Infan View.
1: Once you have the picture you want, load up Watermark Image, this is where you’ll be able to layer on top of the current image. Anyway, upload the picture you have chosen, untick “Resize Images” and “Use 3D depth map.”
Where it says Output Format make put it up to 100, then change the output format to PNG.
Click “File”, you’ll then be asked to upload the picture. Now click “Select Preview Image” This will bring up an image of the picture you have chosen.
If the picture is of the wrong resolution and not [1920x1080] the teplate will turn your picture black.
Now, where it says “Image used for watermarking”.
It is best to keep everything in one directory so you know where it is. On your computer navigate to the “Templates” directory, select “Template 1″ and use that. So now you should have your chosen photo overlayed with the template youve just selected.
Once you’ve created the templates, you will need to rename them as
Then FTP them into /dev_hdd0/game/CBUM01234/USRDIR/
Overwrite the exsisting files.
Below is an explaination of whateach of the templates do.
Change mode [Games3 Blu-Ray DVD PSX PS2]
Copys Disks To HDD
As i am a very avid fan of Final Fantasy VII and to show my apperication, ive decided to go with a FFVII Based Skin.
You can use your own images, but they need to be 1920×1080 also in full colour.
[its due to the manager itself the wording doesnt show up properly if you use a white or light based background ] We havnt found a way to change the fonts, or the colours used yet, but once we/ i have, this will be updated to reflect these changes.
PART 2: MAKING BACKGROUND And ICON
These 2 must be in PNG format, the Background should be in 1920×1080, which should be named PIC1
Any Icon can be used but it has to be name as ICON0
PART 3: MAKING THE BACKGROUND MUSIC And MAKING IT LOOP.
Now open up Audicity select the audio you would like to use [MP3]
and drag the little finger icon across to where you’d like your music to finish.
Go to “Edit” “Delete” so you are now left with a part you wish to use as your background music.
If you would like your music to fade out select the end, 3 seconds will do, and then go to effects and select fade out.
Now go to “File” and “Export As MP3″ you will need to install the lame_enc.dll file, which also be included in the pack.
Once this is done
Fire up Goldwave, go to File and select “Save As” and select WAV. then scroll down and select ATRAC3 66kbs. Now click save.
Finally click on to GWAT.exe, drag and drop the pre-made X.wav file into it. Press “Goldwave” it will then say “X.wav looped” but it will save it as “Looped X.at3″
PART 4: USING PS3SFO EDIT TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE MANAGER.
Fire up FTP on your PS3 and whatever program you use, to FTP into it.
Go to the following directory /dev_hdd0/game/CBUM01234. (im not joking that is the cobra directory >_<) Now copy the PARAM.SFO to your computer. Load up PS3SFO.
It will complain about not being finished, ignore that. Load up the PRAMSFO file you’ve just ftp’d from your PS3.
Once this has loaded, it will display “COBRA MANGER” you can edit this to whatever you’d like. Putting / wont work though.
PART 5: THE FINAL PART.
Keep FTP open and have your PS3 connected. Navigate to /dev_hdd0/game/CBUM01234. Open this folder and replace the SFO file, add PIC1, also ICON0, SND0.AT3
Now go into USRDIR
You will see a list of:
EBOOT.BIN <- PROGRAM WHICH RUNS ON THE PS3
dvd.PNG <- DVD ICON
bd.PNG <- SAME AS THE DVD ICON BUT IN BLUE (yeah COBRA got lazy)
back1.PNG <- It has the box with those buttons which i explained up above
back2.png <- A box which displays where to copy your “digital goods” to.
back.3.PNG <- Settings
Watermark Image – for the image layering.
Goldwave to make the SND0.AT3 file [background music]
Sony ATRAC Codec
GWAT – to make the sound loop.
Audicity – to added fade out, and to cut parts out. (Thanks to linuxx for making the tune, and teaching me how to make proper SND0.AT3 files)
PS3SFO EDIT- to change the name of the loader.
Infan View – to change the resolution of photos.
FILEZILLA -FTP Program
ICON0: this is the icon which displays on the XMB
PIC1: Adds a background to the program your about to run
SND0: Its the background music which plays in some games, you can add your own though.
LIST OF CHANGES:
The COBRA ICON to a more fitting one.
Added a background when the “Manager” is highlighted & audio which loops too. – these can all be changed to your liking.
(currently SHINRA BUILDING TUNE)