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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
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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.