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Chapter 15. QuickTime and the Web > Creating a Poster Movie

Creating a Poster Movie

Accessing a QuickTime movie on the Web introduces one big problem: whether you link to it directly or embed it onto a page, the entire movie begins downloading. Depending on the size of the movie, this could slow your browser or other Internet applications while the movie is being fetched.

As an alternative, create a poster movie, which displays a one-frame movie that your visitors can click to initiate the download. (Sometimes this can be frustrating: I’ve clicked on links expecting the movie to load in the background while I’m working on something else, only to realize that I needed to then click the poster movie to get the download started. Still, at least this route gives the visitor the option to start the movie at her convenience.) The poster movie has the added benefit of preloading the QuickTime plug-in before the movie starts.


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