Multimedia Authoring - Quicktime Dead?

GregSmith brucegregory at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 21 10:41:46 EDT 2006


Thomas:

I just did a little test run with Keynote, yesterday.  All seemed to be
going well, as demonstrated in the "preview" portion of the app, but upon
testing the exported QuickTime movie, the interactivity was broken.  Not
only so, but the export process, itself, took a lifetime to execute.

Thanks,

Greg Smith

Thomas McGrath III wrote:
> 
> Greg,
> 
> 
> Keynote exports to Interactive Video in QT with some preset format  
> settings (Full Quality, Large, H.264, 800x600, 24 FPS)(CD-Rom,  
> Medium, H.264, 400x300, 12 FPS)(Web, Small, H.264, 200x150, 12 FPS)  
> but if you select Custom under the Formats Pop-up in the Export Drop  
> down for Quicktime you will have access to a settings button that  
> gives you ALL Compression Types including MPEG-4, Sorenson, etc. and  
> any frame rate you want with the possibility of including as many  
> keyframes as you want. You can also play with Compressor Quality and  
> Encoding and the Data rate for optimizing for download or streaming.
> 
> I find that the default setting work for most things I might need but  
> there are some anomalies during interactive playback that will  
> require tweaking in some settings.
> 
> I always recommend importing as close to the finished desired result  
> as possible. I would have the video at as close to your finished  
> needs and then import that and work on the interactivity with that  
> video so the results should be close to what you are seeing.
> 
> HTHs
> 
> Tom
> 
> On Oct 20, 2006, at 12:51 PM, GregSmith wrote:
> 
>>
>> Tom:
>>
>> I have done some experimentation with Keynote, the latest version.   
>> It does
>> just about everything I need, but the slide "effects" need a high  
>> frame rate
>> to play nicely in QuickTime, so that would rule out anything but a  
>> very
>> small web demo, unless I am missing something important.  Or,  
>> alternately,
>> you could just eliminate the effects altogether.  I'm still baffled  
>> by the
>> way it handles its QuickTime export.  Would you recommend bringing  
>> captured
>> video into Keynote uncompressed and using Keynote to compress it,  
>> or the
>> reverse? I'm going for the highest quality, largest size that would be
>> practical for the web.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Greg Smith
>>
>>
>>
>> Thomas McGrath III wrote:
>>>
>>> Greg,
>>>
>>> Have you tried doing the interactivity in Keynote and exporting to
>>> Interactive Quicktime? It does not have all of the glitz and tools
>>> that a Flash would have but it does offer some interactivity. I have
>>> done a couple of projects that way.
>>>
>>> Tom
>>>
>>> On Oct 19, 2006, at 5:37 PM, GregSmith wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>> Dan:
>>>>
>>>> No, not according to the documentation.  For any movie
>>>> interactivity you
>>>> need the freely distributable player.  For static QuickTime, you
>>>> don't.
>>>> Sure, if you can influence anybody over there to fix the drop
>>>> shadow default
>>>> and allow an interactive web demonstration of a MovieWorks movie,
>>>> I'm all
>>>> for that.
>>>>
>>>> Really, there is an open source opportunity for the kind of project
>>>> authoring I'm needing.  But, if it takes years to complete, I'm not
>>>> waiting.
>>>> If someone put together a program of MovieWorks elegance and
>>>> simplicity and
>>>> functionality which allowed the addition of "while you watch"
>>>> narration,
>>>> (during the authoring process), totally customizable titling, (as  
>>>> you
>>>> watch), with customizable drop shadows, basic "in-movie" navigation
>>>> as well
>>>> as "extra-movie" navigation and linking, all for the low, low price
>>>> of . . .
>>>> nothing . . . I think they'd have something there.  What they would
>>>> gain by
>>>> releasing it freely, I have no idea.  But, even if they released it
>>>> for the
>>>> low, low price of . . . $129 . . . or thereabouts . . . they'd
>>>> still have
>>>> something there.
>>>>
>>>> Greg Smith
>>>>
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