Right Player Approach for Cross-Platform Delivery

Klaus Major klaus at major-k.de
Tue Oct 28 05:00:15 EST 2003

Hi Dan,

> 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)

play resume videoclip xyz
play stop videoclip xyz
play step forward videoclip xyz
play step back videoclip xyz

to name them ;-)

But with a player you surely have even more control...

> 2. Faster starting of movies. (Subjective experience)


Last time i did  "play vc xyz" is several years ago, BEFORE MetaCard 
introduced players ;-)

> 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 here.
> Does anyone else?

No :-)

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


Klaus Major
klaus at major-k.de

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