There is far more to Apple's QuickTime than a movie that plays on your computer--it is an entire technology whose rich features go largely untapped. In this second edition of QuickTime for the Web, the QuickTime gurus at Apple lay bare the inside tricks, hidden features, and underlying structure of this dynamic media tool.
This book will prove useful to anyone using QuickTime as a presentation tool, regardless of their method of delivery. Although titled QuickTime for the Web, it describes features that go far beyond the Web. The interactive section is the highlight of this book. It describes how to build custom interfaces (skins) for your movie, how to connect your movie or interface elements to the Web, how to add and edit an array of tracks such as text and Flash tracks, and how to add interactive audio.
However, this is not the only chapter worth reading--far from it. From the very beginning, each and every page offers some tip or describes a feature that one could learn to make use of. Need to know how to convert PowerPoint presentations into interactive QuickTime movies? Page 241. Need the HTML code to detect QuickTime before loading a movie? Page 113. Don't know the difference between streaming and nonstreaming? There's a chapter devoted to mixing the two and demonstrating how they can each be used to their fullest.
QuickTime has much to offer and many of the underlying features are very easy to use. This is an important and informative book, and an invaluable reference for anyone who works seriously with QuickTime and uses it as a presentation tool. --Mike Caputo
From Library Journal
This comprehensive resource covers every aspect of working with QuickTime, from creating and posting simple movies to making virtual reality panoramas and interactive 3-D object movies. The accompanying CD includes several multimedia trials as well as the full version of QuickTime Pro 5 (the free, downloadable Player lacks Pro's editing features); it also uses QuickTime tools to demonstrate book examples. Larger public and college libraries supporting multimedia programs should purchase even if they own the first edition because QuickTime 5's new features are discussed.
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