5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 11, 2006 5:03 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Is Director right for me?

    b. mclaughlin
      I developed a project using DVD authering software for my company. The problem is that every Windows machines seems to have a different DVD play back software and is confusing for some how to use it - and therefor the DVD. Plus the DVD is not being rendered well and the quality of the images is poor.

      I need a cross platform-able way to make an interactive promotion device. Ideally with motion for parts, menus, sub menus, a quick time movie as part, and be able to add extra files to the media (whether it is a CD or DVD) that clients can copy onto their computer to use.

      My concerns/needs are:
      - Supports high image quality (VERY important).
      - Supports high text quality and styles.
      - Will work on any machine for the lowest computer skilled person (VERY important).
      - Can have quick time video as part of it.

      Is Director what I am looking for?

      Thank you.

        • 1. Re: Is Director right for me?
          Level 7
          My guess is yes. The quality of the QT playback will be as good as you
          make it. This means that you will have to set a baseline for the size of
          the playback image and the data rate for that file. Both of these
          considerations are based on the expected playback platform(s).

          In other words, old, slow computers will require a lower data rate.
          These older computer will probably have a less responsive video card
          and so you may also need to reduce the image size of the video.

          You'll have to decide what will work for your intended audience. Be sure
          to test thoroughly.

          You may also need to consider including a QT installer on your CD. Your
          users may have either no QT or an older version than you require. If
          this is a consideration, then also be sure that your intended audience
          CAN run an installer on their office computer, installations may be
          restricted.

          In any case QT video will look better than DVD video on a personal
          computer.

          There is a lot to learn in order to use Director. It's not nearly as
          simple as a DVD authoring tool.

          --
          Rob
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          Rob Dillon
          Adobe Community Expert
          http://www.ddg-designs.com
          412-243-9119

          http://www.macromedia.com/software/trial/
          • 2. Re: Is Director right for me?
            b. mclaughlin Level 1
            Thanks for the response.

            In the scheme of the project, the Quick Time Video is not that big of a piece.
            I used Director about 5 or 6 years ago and put it aside, so I am aware of the difficulty working with it compared to DVD authoring software.

            When using Director can you create motion menus? For example - have the menu slide in to a position and stop, then have it active...things like that.
            My assumption is that Director is closely tied to Flash at this point. Would the client have to have the latest versions of Flash installed? Or is that part of the Project set up?

            Basically I want a DVD type of tool that creates a file or disc that a person can stick in any computer (with in reason of modern standards) and be able to navigate around a very nice presentation. To much to ask?
            • 3. Re: Is Director right for me?
              Level 7
              You can build anything that you like using Director. You can create a
              series of graphics and then move the whole set around as you like. any
              of these objects can act as a button to cause something else to play, or
              animate.

              You can play Flash movies in Director. You can use Flash video in
              Director. If you choose to use Flash video you won't need an external
              player, like QT. There are some compromises when working with Flash in
              Director, most are minor.

              If you create a Director projector and play it from a CD, the end user
              won't need to have anything installed other than QT if you want to use
              QT video.

              The playback should be a painless process on the part of the end user if
              you plan correctly. Using Xtras in your Director movie, you can sniff
              out the user's operating system version, available memory, QT
              installation, etc. Then you can use this information to branch to deal
              with whatever special needs their computer may have, like running an
              installer for QT, or changing your movie's play based on memory use, etc.

              --
              Rob
              _______
              Rob Dillon
              Adobe Community Expert
              http://www.ddg-designs.com
              412-243-9119

              http://www.macromedia.com/software/trial/
              • 4. Re: Is Director right for me?
                b. mclaughlin Level 1
                Once again thank you for the info.
                Looking through my stuff I found that I still have Director 8.
                I realize that the versions are no longer numbered, but what is the current version's number equivalent? I am just trying to see how far behind the times I am with my version.
                Do you know of a link to would tell me what any major improvement have been made since then?
                • 5. Re: Is Director right for me?
                  Level 7
                  The current version is equivalent to version 10. But 8.5 was a huge
                  upgrade in that it included 3D for the first time. The best thing to do
                  is to go to http://www.adobe.com/products/director/ and read about what
                  MX 2004 can do.

                  Overall the territory will be very familiar, just a lot larger.

                  --
                  Rob
                  _______
                  Rob Dillon
                  Adobe Community Expert
                  http://www.ddg-designs.com
                  412-243-9119

                  http://www.macromedia.com/software/trial/