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Chapter 14. Making Movies for the Web > Creating a Shockwave Movie

Creating a Shockwave Movie

Director's Publish command creates all files necessary to view your Shockwave movie. In one step, the Publish command creates the Shockwave file (which has a .DCR extension), the HTML file, and new Shockwave versions of any linked external casts (these files have a .CCT extension).

To create and view a Shockwave movie:

1.
Choose File > Save and Compact.

This command saves your Director movie while removing fragmented and redundant data from the movie and cast files.

2.
If your movie uses any nonstandard Xtras, choose Modify > Movie > Xtras to specify which Xtras the movie should prompt users to download, if needed (Figure 14.4).

Figure 14.4. Use the Movie Xtras dialog box to specify which Xtras you want your Shockwave movie to attempt to download from the Internet if they are not installed on the user's system.


The most commonly used Xtras are built into the Shockwave Player, so you normally don't need to provide for them. But if your movie uses any Xtras that are not built into the player, you need to set options by using the Modify > Movie > Xtras command (see Chapter 15, section "Including Xtras in Distributed Movies").

3.
Choose File > Publish.

Director creates a Shockwave-file version of your movie, an HTML file (assuming that you selected a template in the Publish Settings dialog box), and Shockwave versions of any external casts used by your movie. By default, all these files are placed in the same directory as your Director movie (Figure 14.5). Then Director launches your default browser and plays the Shockwave movie (Figure 14.6), assuming that the View in Browser option is enabled in the Formats tab of the Publish Settings dialog box (by default, it should be).

Figure 14.5. All Shockwave-related files—the Shockwave movie, HTML file, and any external casts—are by default placed in the same folder as your Director movie.


Figure 14.6. Director launches your default browser and plays the Shockwave movie.


Director uses the settings in the Publish Settings dialog box when it creates your Shockwave movie and other files. If you have not changed these settings, the default settings are used (see "Default Publish Settings" later in this chapter). These settings should allow users to view your Shockwave movie right off the bat.

Note: If your movie uses any linked media or external casts, these elements will not appear in your Shockwave movie when you preview it in the browser unless the files are contained in the dswmedia folder inside the Shockwave Player folder, along with the .DCR and HTML files. This inconvenience is because of a security restriction that prevents the movie from accessing the local disk. (Your users will not have this problem when they view the movie from your Web site.) To overcome this problem when previewing the movie locally, place the Shockwave movie, HTML file, external casts, and all linked media in the dswmedia folder inside the Shockwave Player folder (Figure 14.7).

Figure 14.7. If your Shockwave movie uses any linked media, and you want to preview the movie locally, place all Shockwave-related files in the dswmedia folder inside the Shockwave Player folder so that you can view the movie with the linked media.



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