Multimedia Authoring - Quicktime Dead?

GregSmith brucegregory at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 21 11:10:41 EDT 2006


Thomas:

LiveStage would be the "premiere" QuickTime authoring environment, but have
you tried authoring in it?  I find it extremely confusing, at best.  As far
as I can tell, even the simplest interactivity must be scripted in Qscript,
which looks to me, like another javascript clone.  This is great for
programmers, but not for me.

Thanks,

Greg Smith



Thomas McGrath III wrote:
> 
> Dear Greg,
> 
> Live Stage from Totally Hip Software is supposed to do Rollover's in  
> Quicktime.
> 
> 
> 
> Tom
> 
> 
> On Oct 21, 2006, at 10:22 AM, GregSmith wrote:
> 
>>
>> As far as the simplest solution for authoring in "standalone"  
>> QuickTime
>> format, whether for web presentation or anything else, given the  
>> available
>> interactivity built into QuickTime, itself - Cleaner 6.5, (for  
>> Mac), and, I
>> believe Cleaner XL, (for Windows) seems to be the ticket.   
>> Outrageously
>> priced if you were buying this product for the limited  
>> interactivity it
>> offers, but you would also get all of those wonderful compression  
>> routines
>> and batch processing along with it.
>>
>> Now, here is an example of a small fish being swallowed by a bigger  
>> fish who
>> was, in turn, swallowed by an even bigger fish.  Terran Interactive  
>> was
>> gobbled up by Discreet who was utterly consumed by AutoDesk, the  
>> Atlantic
>> cod of software distributors.
>>
>> The interactive features that Cleaner quickly makes authorable are:
>> Hotspots that allow jumping to a given time or simply to play from  
>> the time
>> of the Hotspot to the next pause, (pause is also a feature), or to
>> substitute one movie in place of the one playing, or open a URL.  It
>> supports "Chapter" markers with accompanying text blurb, text tracks,
>> markers and keyframes.
>>
>> But even with all of this functionality, QuickTime, and the authoring
>> packages that support it, just doesn't compare with the kind of
>> interactivity possible with Flash and its associated authoring  
>> tools.  Just
>> as an example, for the life of me, I can't find any way to author a  
>> simple
>> "rollover" button within an interactive QuickTime movie.  This just  
>> wipes me
>> out.  Or, keeping the movie looping within a certain series of  
>> frames until
>> an event happens - what gives?
>>
>> I like QuickTime better, since it really is a kind of operating  
>> system, in
>> itself.  You can put almost any kind of media in a QuickTime movie,  
>> and it
>> plays on iPods, for crying out loud.  Somebody, somewhere is missing a
>> couple of golden opportunities, if you ask me.
>>
>> Greg Smith
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