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Lesson 7. keyframes and layers > Importing the Media

Importing the Media

Next you need to import the media you'll use in this animation.

Choose File > Import (Windows Ctrl+R, Macintosh Command+R).

The Import dialog box opens.

Windows only: From the Files of Type menu, choose PICT. Macintosh only: From the Show menu, choose PICT.

Selecting this file type causes Director to display only graphics files in the list box. For the moment, you don't want to import any other types of files.

Locate and open the Media folder in the Lesson07 folder, click Add All, and then click Import.

This adds all the graphics files in the Media folder to the list and begins the import process.

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The Image Options dialog box opens.

In the Image Options dialog box, select Stage (8bits). Then check the Same Settings for Remaining Images box at the bottom of the dialog box. Windows only: Select Remap To and then choose System-Win from the menu.

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The images were created on a Macintosh using the colors in the Macintosh system palette. By remapping the images to the Windows system palette, you can be sure that the colors you see will display well in Windows-based movies.

By checking Same Settings for Remaining Images, you determine that all the graphics will be imported with the same settings and that this dialog box won't be displayed as each graphic is imported.

Click OK to close the dialog box.


Windows only: You'll occasionally want to use Macintosh graphics that use the Macintosh system palette. In this case, you would choose Remap to System-Mac in the Palette area of the Image Options dialog box. When you do this, however, Director elements such as the toolbar and score appear in black and white when your system is in 8-bit color mode, indicating that the movie contains a palette that does not observe Windows color palette conventions. This color change affects the Director user interface only; it does not affect the movie itself. The reason why the user interface under Windows has a problem dealing with some nonsystem palettes is that Windows uses the first and last 10 colors in a palette for the colors of the interface. Also, one palette is in use on a Windows system at a time. So if an image is displayed that uses a palette with a different set of colors than those used by the interface, then the interface is forced to use those colors as well. To avoid this situation when using custom or nonsystem palettes, you should reserve the 20 colors in the palette and set them to match the default Windows palette. Some browsers also don't deal well with custom palettes, and for Shockwave movies delivered over the Internet, it is a good idea to stick to the system palette or the Web 216 palette (which comes with Director), which is designed for the Internet.

Seven cast members have been imported.

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