I am making a video for a client that is about 10 minutes long. All in After Effects/Maya. It needs to play through to about 8 minutes in, then pause while the client has a product demo. Then he will jump back into the video.
Is Director the best way to accomplish this? I'd make a Windows DVD ROM that plays back the video and then automatically pauses at the desired point, displaying a looping "demo" background while he demonstrates, then jumping back into the closing of the video when the spacebar is pressed again?
Can I do this with Mac Director? Or do I need the Windows version?
Also, can I play back 1080p video from a DVD ROM? What's the recommended compression rate and codec for compatability with Director, and so that it will play back smoothly?
What you describe is relatively easy to build in Director. You may be able to just use a video player that has 3 videos in a play list, the 8 minute start, the looping one and the 2 minute end sequence. Anyway, if you were to build it in Director, you could do it on Windows or Mac. If it's a speaker delivered demo, why not just run it from the hard drive? Running from the hard drive will generally result in a smoother playback of the video.