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Chapter 18. Advanced Techniques for Web ... > Storing Plug-In Settings in a Movie

Storing Plug-In Settings in a Movie

Plug-In Helper is a tool that allows you to store information that normally is stored in an EMBED tag directly in the movie itself. You generally want to do this if the movie is not the one embedded on the Web page with the SRC attribute—if it is called by a poster movie, for example. This tool also allows you to specify default settings for your movie’s Web-playback characteristics.

To use Plug-In Helper to put EMBED tag attributes in a movie:

If you haven’t already done so, download Plug-In Helper from Apple’s QuickTime Tools and Utilities page, located at http://developer.apple.com/quicktime/quicktimeintro/tools/.

Open the application PlugInHelper. (You may notice that the name of the file contains no spaces or hyphens, unlike the listing for the tool on the QuickTime Tools and Utilities page and unlike the way the window is titled when the application is open.)

Choose File > Open (Mac, Figure 18.18) or click the Open button (Windows) and open the movie in which you want to store the plug-in settings.

Figure 18.18. Choose File > Open to open a movie in which you want to store plug-in settings or URLs. (You can also click the Open button.)

In the Plug-In Helper window (Figure 18.19), a preview area located below the Open and Export buttons shows your movie. (Don’t be concerned if the proportions of your movie as displayed are not correct. For display purposes, Plug-In Helper squeezes your movie into the space available in the preview area, but it won’t save the file this way.)

Figure 18.19. The Plug-In Helper window shows your movie in the preview area.

Click the Add button in the upper-right area of the Plug-In Helper window.

The Edit User Data dialog box appears.

Type a valid EMBED tag attribute, followed by an equal sign (=) and a valid value for that attribute (Figure 18.20).

Figure 18.20. Click the Add button in the Plug-In Helper window, and type a valid <EMBED> tag attribute in the Edit User Data dialog box.

You can use any valid attributes for the QuickTime EMBED tag except CACHE, WIDTH, HEIGHT, and HIDDEN. See “Adding Attributes to an EMBED Tag” earlier in this chapter for more information on the attributes you can use. If you need to set a cache value, use the TARGETCACHE attribute, also described earlier in this chapter.

Click OK or press the Return or Enter key when you finish adding the attribute.

Repeat steps 4 though 6 until you’ve added each attribute you want to include (Figure 18.21).

Figure 18.21. You’ll see all your properties in the scrolling list in the Plug-In Helper window.

Use the Edit and Delete buttons to alter these attributes.

Click the Export button above the preview area to open the Export dialog box.

Specify a file name (ending in .mov) and location; then click Save.



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