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45MB is a lot to run from CD smoothly. Here are a few other tricks that
might lower your filesize somewhat:
1) As opposed to protecting your movie as a dxr, consider publishing it
as dcr (shockwave). The dcr files tend to be smaller, and while it is
not encrypted, to the best of my knowledge, no one has made a decompiler
for dcr files, so it is about as secure.
2) Find your large bitmaps and if possible, lower the bit depth of them.
<<SAVE YOUR FILE BEFORE ATTEMPTING THIS>>. There is no undo, so be
careful. Anyway, doubleclick the bitmap member so you are looking at it
in the paint window. Look over on the left side of the paint window
(under the tools) and there is a little box that probably says "32
bits". Double click it and change the bit depth to 16. That will cut
the file size in 1/2. It will also make the image look slightly grainy.
It will remove any alpha channel you may have. Do not do this o an
image that was imported with transparent spots, or you will lose the
transparency. But if you have a few flat images like backgrounds for
example, this can save you a lot of space- if the final outcome of this
procedure is acceptable quality-wise. You can also do this with multipl
members at a time by selecting them in the cast and choose Modify,
Transform Bitmap. But then you don't get to see the before and after
quite as clearly.
Thank you for your advice. Changing the graphics to 16bits and making the movie a .dcr brought the file size down to 18 MB. Loading time has improved. The movie not being protected anymore is not an issue, my client is going to encrypt the disc with some software. Will encrypting the disc affect my director movie???
Again, thanks for your help.
> ...dcr brought the file size down to 18 MB. Loading time has improved.
> The movie not being protected anymore is not an issue,
A DCR is a protected format. So offers the same level of protection as a DXR in
that and end user will be unable to open your file and extract the code
> my client is going to encrypt the disc with some software. Will encrypting the
> disc affect my
> director movie???
Do you know what encryption is being used? I have heard of encryption to prevent
copying. I would not think it would affect the Director movie if that's all it
is doing. But, guess with all things, testing would be advisable.
Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
I know they are using software called CD cops to encrypt, but not sure exactly what type of encryption.