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Using Cue Points in the Quicktime Movie

The easiest and most precise method for synchronizing events in the score—such as type moving across the stage—with a digital video is to use cue points. Cue points can be added to QuickTime digital videos using a separate editing program, such as Macromedia's SoundEdit on the Macintosh. But once those digital videos are imported into a Director cast, you can work with their cue points in the Windows version of Director equally well.

Cue points are labels that you assign at specific points in the movie's timeline, similar to the markers in a Director score. Once you add cue points to a QuickTime digital video, you can refer to them using Lingo or the tempo channel. Cue points are also a power tool for synchronizing score events with SoundEdit 16 sound files and Shockwave Audio files. The cue point techniques discussed in the following tasks apply equally to synchronizing sound (such as voice-over narration) with score events as well. Two cue points have already been added to the StarTrek digital video: StoreOn and StoreOff. In the next two tasks, you will learn different methods of synchronizing the text animation with the cue points in the digital video.


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