Right Player Approach for Cross-Platform Delivery

Dan Shafer dan at shafermedia.com
Mon Oct 27 21:23:30 EST 2003

I've read a bunch of the posts that have appeared on this list over the 
past year or so regarding inclusion of movie files in Rev applications 
intended for cross-platform use.

My conclusion from all of them is that it is better to use players 
linked to external files than to embed the movies in the application 
and invoke them with the Rev "play" command. My reasons:

1. Easier to create interactivity with the movie (e.g., letting the 
user restart based on a mouse-click, which I don't see can be done at 
all with a movie playing under "play" command control)

2. Faster starting of movies. (Subjective experience)

This approach creates a possible installation glitch if the user 
doesn't drag all the files over, a problem which doesn't exist if 
everything including the movies is in one file, but other than that I 
don't see any reason not to approach this problem as I've described 

Does anyone else?

Dan Shafer, Revolutionary
Author of forthcoming 3-book set,
"Revolution: Programming at the Speed of Thought"
http://www.revolutionpros.com for More Info

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