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Creating a Two-Frame Poster Movie in QuickTime Player Pro

One of the problems with embedding QuickTime movies in HTML pages is that they will start downloading immediately, even if a visitor doesn’t want to watch them. To avoid this, you either have to get your ISP to install QuickTime Streaming Server software or use a poster movie. Technically, a poster movie can be anything that acts as a placeholder, from a single image to a movie trailer. Of course, it makes sense to keep the poster movie as small as possible. I’ll show you how to create a poster movie with two frames (two frames ensure that there is some animation in the movie itself).

First, create two images that have the same resolution as the movie file for which the poster movie will be used (in this example, 160 by 120 pixels). If you want to hide the movie controllers that QuickTime always displays at the bottom of the screen, add an additional 16 pixels to compensate. This is important—when you position the poster movie in GoLive, if it doesn’t have the exact measurements of the movie itself, you’ll end up with a squeezed movie. You can display the controllers for the poster movie, but visitors may be confused about where to click. For a poster movie to load the real movie, users have to click inside the poster movie. I recommend including a message such as “click here to start the movie” in your poster movie. In the example at right, I created the effect of flashing text. To do that, I created the first text frame in Photoshop and saved it as “poster1.tif,” and then I applied an Outer Glow layer effect and saved that image as “poster2.tif.” It’s important to keep the files in a separate folder and to name them sequentially, because when you choose File > Open Image Sequence, QuickTime Player Pro loads all of the images in the folder in the order that they’re listed. Choose 1 frame per second as your display rate, and preview the movie in QuickTime by choosing Movie > Loop and clicking Play.


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