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Title:
Director 8 for Macintosh and Windows
Author:
Persidsky, Andre.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : Peachpit Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xii, 436 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780201702583
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Book

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Summary

Summary

A quick, practical introduction to Director X, a multimedia authoring application. With Director you can create sophisticated animations, using digital video, Shockwave sound and Real audio. This text provides an easy, visual approach to learning Director.


Author Notes

Andre Persidsky wrote three previous editions of the Director QuickStart Guide , and co-authored Ray Dream Studio 5: Visual QuickStart Guide for Windows and Macintosh . A writer and product designer, he contributes articles to several computer magazines.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 Director Basicsp. 1
How Does Director Fit in the Mix?p. 2
About the Stage and Toolbarp. 4
About Cast, Score, and Stage Interactionp. 5
About Sprites and Cast Membersp. 6
About Director Windowsp. 7
About Director Inspectorsp. 8
Getting Startedp. 10
Creating a Moviep. 13
Director's Help Systemp. 24
Working Fasterp. 26
General Preferencesp. 27
Movie Propertiesp. 28
Updating Moviesp. 29
Chapter 2 Assembling Castsp. 31
Creating Castsp. 33
Importing Cast Membersp. 39
Working in List Viewp. 48
Working in Thumbnail Viewp. 53
Managing Cast and Cast Member Propertiesp. 57
Chapter 3 Building a Scorep. 63
Using Frames and Channelsp. 64
Working with Spritesp. 67
Changing Sprite Propertiesp. 78
Locking Spritesp. 91
Changing the Score Viewp. 92
Setting Markersp. 97
Chapter 4 Animating Spritesp. 99
Tweeningp. 100
Adjusting Motionp. 105
Step Recordingp. 109
Real-Time Recordingp. 111
Building Animated Sequencesp. 113
Making Film Loopsp. 118
Animating Color Cursorsp. 121
Incorporating Flash Moviesp. 123
Chapter 5 Playing and Refining Moviesp. 129
Using the Control Panelp. 130
Setting Movie Tempop. 134
Comparing Target Tempo with Actual Tempop. 136
Locking Playback Speedp. 138
Setting Pauses in a Moviep. 139
Using Scene Transitionsp. 140
Chapter 6 Using Paint Toolsp. 143
Getting Startedp. 145
Selecting and Moving Imagesp. 148
Paintingp. 153
Using Ink Effectsp. 159
Ink Effect Choicesp. 160
Using Color and Patternp. 161
Painting with Gradient Inksp. 168
Adding Textp. 173
Applying Effectsp. 175
Using Ink Masksp. 180
Onion Skinningp. 182
Applying Image Filtersp. 184
Chapter 7 Drawing Vector Shapesp. 185
Creating Vector Shapesp. 186
Editing Vector Shapesp. 194
Chapter 8 Working on the Stagep. 201
Setting Stage Propertiesp. 202
Zooming and Scrolling the Stagep. 204
Using Grids and Guidesp. 206
Creating Shapes on the Stagep. 208
Creating Buttons on the Stagep. 211
Creating Text on the Stagep. 212
Chapter 9 Managing Colorp. 213
Color Depthp. 214
Color Modep. 219
Color Choicesp. 221
Color Palettesp. 224
Custom Color Palettesp. 226
Tactics for Limited Color Displaysp. 233
Chapter 10 Adding Digital Videop. 249
Importing Digital Videop. 250
Previewing a Digital Videop. 252
Incorporating Videop. 254
Setting Digital Video Propertiesp. 256
Editing Videop. 260
Importing Animated GIFsp. 262
Chapter 11 Adding Textp. 263
Creating and Editing Regular Textp. 266
Importing Textp. 278
Embedding Fontsp. 280
Creating Field Textp. 282
Setting Text for Users to Changep. 284
Setting Text for Hyperlinksp. 286
Chapter 12 Adding Soundp. 287
Importing Soundsp. 288
Placing Sounds in the Scorep. 290
Synchronizing Sound to Actionsp. 293
Compressing Soundsp. 297
Streaming Linked Shockwave Audio or MPEG 3 Sound Filesp. 300
Recording Sounds in Director (Mac)p. 302
Chapter 13 Creating a Projectorp. 303
Setting Projector Optionsp. 304
Making a Projectorp. 308
Protecting Movie Filesp. 312
Chapter 14 Making Movies for the Webp. 315
Working with Shockwavep. 316
Creating a Shockwave Moviep. 317
Playing a Shockwave Moviep. 320
Making Stretchable Shockwave Moviesp. 323
Working with Publish Settingsp. 326
Making Streaming Shockwave Moviesp. 335
Converting Multiple Moviesp. 338
Chapter 15 Using Xtrasp. 341
Understanding Xtra Typesp. 342
Installing Xtrasp. 343
Using Xtrasp. 344
Including Xtras in Distributed Moviesp. 348
Including Xtras with Projectorsp. 351
Using Xtras for Shockwave Moviesp. 353
Active X Controls (Windows)p. 355
Chapter 16 Adding Behaviorsp. 357
Assigning Behaviorsp. 358
Using the Behavior Inspectorp. 361
Creating Behaviorsp. 362
Modifying Behaviorsp. 365
Chapter 17 Scripting Lingop. 371
Understanding Scriptsp. 373
Writing Scriptsp. 377
Understanding Handlers, Messages, and Eventsp. 384
Understanding Lingo Elementsp. 387
Scripting Navigationp. 389
Using the Message Windowp. 396
Using Variablesp. 398
Making Sprites Interactivep. 400
Using Lingo for Animated Cursorsp. 404
Setting Up Primary Event Handlersp. 405
Chapter 18 Shockmachinep. 407
Understanding Shockmachine Basicsp. 408
Preparing Shockwave Movies for Playback in Shockmachinep. 412
Glossaryp. 415
Indexp. 419