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Audio and Video for the Web

With the growing access worldwide to broadband, the use of audio and video on Web sites has become more realistic. Technological advances in compression and streaming (the capability to send the audio or video data in a constant stream from the server to the client) have also increased the desirability of audio and video, where appropriate, on Web sites. You should still be careful, however, in using audio and video where bandwidth and user control is limited.

As much fun as it is, we can't get into the details of audio and video production in this book. If you're recording your own sound samples, you need a good microphone (or two), amplification (such as the Midiman Audio Buddy), capture hardware, and sound editing software (Audition from Adobe Systems is a great do-it-all package, and so is Sound Forge from Sony Pictures Digital, if you add the Noise Reduction plug-in.) For video, you need a high-quality capture device, a zippy computer, gobs of disk space, and encoding and editing software (such as Adobe Premiere). Today's hardware and software tools make A/V production more affordable than ever, but the software typically has long and steep learning curves. Hollywood makes it all look easy, but it isn't, so budget some time to educate yourself.


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