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on the hefty side, or if you've got more than one movie on the Web page, this kind of unsolicited data-ramming could infuriate your visitors. You can solve this problem easily enough by creating a poster movie, a separate movie fle that contains only one single picture (see Figure 13-6). Rather than embedding the actual movie in your Web page, you can embed this poster movie, turning it into a button that downloads the real movie fle when clicked. This arrangement gives your viewers the ability to look over the Web page before deciding whether or not to download the movie in its entirety. To make a poster movie, you can use a still image from the original iMovie fle. (See Chapter 9 for instructions on exporting a single frame from your movie as a JPEG fle.) Actually, any old graphic image will do, such as a JPEG or GIF fle, as long as it's the right size (see page 249). Note: In the following steps, you'll turn this still picture into a one-frame movie. The explanation is technical, but juicy: By turning a tiny QuickTime movie (instead of a plain JPEG or GIF fle) into a poster frame, you'll force your visitors' QuickTime movie-playing plug-in to become activated as soon as they arrive at your Web page. When they then click your poster frame, the actual movie will begin playing promptly, having already loaded the QuickTime plug-in. Posting a Movie on Your Own Web Site 1.CreateanewiMoviedocument.ChooseFileImport,thennavigatetothestill image,andthendouble-clickit. The image appears on your Clips pane or Movie Track, depending on your iMovie Preferences setting. 2.DragthegraphicintoyourMovieTrack,ifitisn'talreadythere.Setitstimingto playforonlyoneframe. Instructions for specifying how long a still image should play in your movie are on page 246. 3.ChooseFileShare. The Share dialog box appears. 4.ClicktheQuickTimeicon.Fromthepop-upmenu,chooseExpertSettings.Then clickShare. Now the Save dialog box appears. 5.FromtheExpertpop-upmenu,choose"MovietoQuickTimeMovie."Thenclick Options. The Movie Settings dialog box appears. (All of these dialog boxes and steps are described in greater depth in Chapter 12.) 6.ClickSize.Specifyaheightandwidthtomatchthatoftheactualmovie. chapter13:moviesontheweb--andonthephone 329