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Media Objects

Many of the icons on the Objects palette represent links between a Web page and rich media. Flash, Shockwave, RealAudio, and QuickTime are a few of the formats supported (via plug-ins) by most major browsers, and by Web authoring tools including GoLive, with links to audio, video, or animation files.

You can add placeholders in your Web pages for multimedia files, just as you would add a link to an image. The difference is that you'll need to view the media files in a Web browser or in GoLive's Layout Preview. Chapter 13, "Working with Rich Media," describes configuring plug-ins more thoroughly, and Chapter 18, "Creating Motion," gives you an overview of GoLive's QuickTime authoring tools. Here, I offer an introduction to working with media files as you build your layout.

To add a media file:

Choose a plug-in object (plug-in, SWF, QuickTime, RealAudio, or SVG) from the Basic tab of the Objects palette and double-click or drag it into the Document window. The Plug-in Inspector appears (Figure 4.26).

Figure 4.26. The Plug-In Inspector looks similar to the Image Inspector, and some of the options are the same.

Choose the audio, video, or other media file you want to link to by clicking the Browse button (the icon that looks like a folder, adjacent to the File field), or typing a URL in the File field.

Continue configuring the file in the More and Attribs tabs of the Inspector.

Click the fourth tab, named for the plug-in type you selected. In Figure 4.27, it's Real, as in RealAudio.

Figure 4.27. When you add a plug-in object that's directly supported by GoLive, you'll see a format-specific tab in the Inspector. This one allows you to configure RealAudio files.

Configure the plug-in-specific options here. For more on RealAudio and other plug-ins, see Chapter 13, "Working with Rich Media."

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