Creating and Embedding Poster Movies
Creating A Poster Movie
There are a number of ways to create the poster movie.
The easiest is to open the full movie with QuickTime Player, navigate to a frame of the movie you want to use as the poster movie, and select Copy from the Edit menu.
Now create a new movie (File/New) and choose Paste from the Edit menu.
Since the poster movie behaves like a static image, you will not need any audio tracks associated with the movie.
To delete them, choose Delete Tracks... from the Edit menu in QuickTime Player and use the dialog to delete any audio tracks that may have been copied.
You may also want to recompress the image.
Choose Export from the File menu, and choose Movie to QuickTime Movie from the pop-up menu at the bottom of the dialog.
Click on Options... to set the compression options. Photo JPEG is often a good compression choice for single frame movies, although you should experiment with other choices to which compressor works best for your particular content.
You can also use a PICT file (or any other graphics file type supported by QuickTime 3) to create the poster movie.
In QuickTime Player, select Import... from the File menu, select the image you want to use, and then save it as a movie with a .mov extension.
Embedding the Poster Movie with HTML
To embed the poster movie in your page, all you need do is add an EMBED tag to your HTML code at the location you want the movie displayed.
For instance, the HTML code in the document for the poster movie is:<EMBED SRC="posters/ntscreen.mov" BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" CONTROLLER=false HEIGHT=216 WIDTH=320 HREF="../leap/movies/nike.mov" TARGET="myself">
The path after "SRC=" points to the poster movie, while the path after "HREF=" points to the movie you want downloaded after the user clicks on the poster.
T here are three things to note in the above embed tag:
* TARGET="myself" This must be present to tell the QuickTime Plug-In to play the movie in the same location on the page as the poster movie. If you do not include TARGET="myself" in the EMBED tag, a new window will be created for the movie when the user clicks on the poster movie.
* The path after HREF= must be relative to poster movie or the target movie will not be found. For example, if both the target and the poster movie are in a subdirectory called "movies" relative to the HTML file, it would seem natural to write "TARGET=movies/amovie.mov" . But this will not work because it is relative to the HTML file, not the poster movie. Since the target movie is in the same directory as the poster movie, the correct path would be "TARGET=amovie.mov"
* The HEIGHT and WIDTH are that of the target movie, not the poster movie. You can have a poster movie smaller than the target movie, but HEIGHT and WIDTH need to be large enough for the target movie to fit into.
That's all there is to creating a poster movie!
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