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Lesson 27. Using Lingo on the Web > Understanding Shockwave Movies

Understanding Shockwave Movies

Earlier in this lesson, you set up your Order.dir movie to launch a Web browser and display the sample FineDine.htm Web page. The page that you linked to at the Internet site is the same as the FineDine.htm test page provided for testing on the CD—with one exception. In the FineDine.htm page on the Internet, the nifty logo at the top of the page is animated: the curls of steam arising from the platter change colors. That logo is actually—you guessed it—a Director movie.

What makes the movie playing within the Web browser different from a regular Director movie is Shockwave, Macromedia's technology for delivering dynamic content over the Internet. Shockwave for Director has two components. First, Shockwave provides a Director viewer engine for Web browsers in the form of an ActiveX control for Internet Explorer and a plug-in for Netscape Navigator on both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Therefore, your Shockwave movie does not have to be a projector that binds the content of your movie files with the Director viewer engine. With the Director Shockwave movie engine residing as an ActiveX control or a plug-in within the browser, all you have to do is embed the movie files in a Web page, and the browser can play your movie.


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