7 Replies Latest reply on May 15, 2007 6:28 AM by Newsgroup_User

    file size

    newmfa Level 1
      Hi,
      i have director movie, in this movie i used external cast, this external cast includes the following:

      AVI external movie .. 6 MB
      script 1..454 bytes
      script 2..375 bytes
      shape..296 bytes

      althought that, external cast size is big (21 MB)..what is reason of big file size?and how reduce the size?

      regards
      newmfa
        • 1. Re: file size
          Level 7
          Often you can cut the file size down by using File, Save and Compact.
          • 2. Re: file size
            Level 7
            Mike Blaustein wrote:

            > Often you can cut the file size down by using File, Save and Compact.

            As Mike said, try 'Save and Compact'. I'll explain why.

            The regular Save is what's know as a 'Quick Save'. Any changes you've
            made are added to the end of the file. So, your file constantly expands.
            Say you had a 6 MB cast member that you deleted, that space will not be
            removed from the file using the regular Save. Save and Compact empties
            the trash in a sense but it also compacts the file so there aren't gaps
            between saved content. It also attempts to optimize how the file is
            saved. Content at the beginning of the Score is saved at the start of the
            file. So, you get a much more efficient and smaller file.

            regards
            Dean

            Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
            http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
            http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
            email: d.utian@unsw.edu.au

            • 3. Re: file size
              newmfa Level 1
              thanks for replay,
              is this way of saving reduce graphics and sounds quality..?

              regards
              newmfa
              • 4. Re: file size
                Level 7
                No. It will have absolutely no effect on anything apart from the
                physical size of the dir file. No change in quality at all.
                • 5. Re: file size
                  Level 7
                  newmfa wrote:

                  > thanks for replay,
                  > is this way of saving reduce graphics and sounds quality..?

                  Hi newmfa,

                  The 'Save and Compact' does not compress your content. The Compact part
                  is to put all the data in a compact format in the file. Say you have
                  data 'a', 'b', 'c' and 'd' in your file as follows:
                  a b c d
                  The gaps between each may because you had data that was deleted. By
                  compacting, you'd get:
                  abcd
                  which will be smaller and more efficient. The gaps are gone, the data in
                  'a', 'b', 'c' and 'd' has not changed.

                  Choosing 'Save and Compact' will not reduce your file every time you
                  choose it. It will only compact the file if it cac be compacted.

                  Hope that explains it better.

                  regards
                  Dean

                  Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
                  http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
                  http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
                  email: d.utian@unsw.edu.au


                  • 6. Re: file size
                    newmfa Level 1
                    really wonderfull, the file reduce from 6 MB to 9 kb,thanks..
                    there is a file formed beside my dir file named "logo.iss" is this temp file, delete it or keep it..?
                    • 7. Re: file size
                      Level 7
                      newmfa wrote:

                      > really wonderfull, the file reduce from 6 MB to 9 kb,thanks..
                      > there is a file formed beside my dir file named "logo.iss" is this temp file, delete it or keep it..?

                      Hi Newmfa,

                      I think a iss is in installation file that is created with some installers. It should not be necessary
                      for application. I'd say just delete it. Maybe keep a backup in case. But it is highly unlikely to be
                      part of your DIR application.

                      regards
                      Dean

                      Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
                      http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
                      http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
                      email: d.utian@unsw.edu.au