QuickTime for Web and CDROM (QuickTime Developer Series)

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9780124712553: QuickTime for Web and CDROM (QuickTime Developer Series)

This book is a hands-on guide for embedding multimedia content in Web sites or on CD-ROM, using QuickTime and HTML. It includes a CD-ROM with cut-and-paste HTML examples and QuickTime 3 Pro: everything you need to convert audio, video, slides, text, and other multimedia content into
QuickTime format and prepare it for delivery over the World Wide Web or CD-ROM.


Step-by-step instructions are provided for:
o Converting audio, video, and other multimedia into QuickTIme format
o Compressing data for optimum delivery over the Web or CD-ROM
o Embedding QuickTime multimedia into HTML pages, making use of QuickTime's special capabilities for maximum effect
Includes high-quality codes for compressing multimedia:
o Sorenson video
o Qualcomm Purevoice speech
o QDesign music
o Other video, graphics, animation, text, and MIDI

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If you do anything related to creating QuickTime movies for the Web, you'll want this book. QuickTime for the Web: A Hands-On Guide for Webmasters, Site Designers, and HTML Authors is one of the most informative and easy-to-read guides of its kind, and perhaps one of the best in Apple's QuickTime Developer Series.

Loaded with real-world examples, code snippets, and digestible text, this book opens up your eyes to the real power of QuickTime, which goes much farther than merely allowing you to create and play short videos. QuickTime is a deep, all-encompassing technology that can be used for displaying all kinds of things, including programmable functions and site navigation.

Nineteen chapters cover everything from how to download and install QuickTime to special features of the QuickTime Plug-in (you can limit the download rate of a movie so that users with a fast connection don't hog all the bandwidth) to streaming vs. nonstreaming applications. Other chapters discuss using QuickTime layers (text, Flash, and so on) and programming sprites for creating interactive QuickTime movies. There's a great example of a calculator created entirely in QuickTime by using sprites.

As an added bonus, the accompanying CD-ROM contains QuickTime 4 Pro for both Macintosh and Windows (which alone is worth the cost of the book); an assortment of tools for creating, editing, and converting audio and video; and most of the examples in the book. Leave it to Apple to come out with a technical manual that reads easily and is packed with more fun things to do than a boardwalk arcade. --Mike Caputo

About the Author:

The author is a senior technical writer and Multimedia Web Monkey for Apple's QuickTime team. He has developed Web sites with QuickTime content for Apple Computer and other clients. His writing on QuickTime, CD-ROM, and HTML has been published in WIRED magazine, and he has produced a commercial CD-ROM, "Life Near 310 Kelvin," that incorporates HTML, digital audio, and QuickTime movies. What we're saying here is that the author is a big geek-he's smart, he's funny, and he knows what he's talking about.

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