5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 21, 2007 6:55 AM by James Newton, ACP

    background beyond the stage?

    Joel_K_H
      Is it possible to have a bitmap image as your background and then have that background extend beyond the stage so that it fills the entire screen in full-screen projector mode? Flash can do this with no problem. Can Director?
        • 1. Re: background beyond the stage?
          Level 7
          Many years ago there was a method to do this. I don't know of any
          current method achieve this. Flash can't do this either. Both Flash and
          Director's boundaries are defined by the edge of the stage area. When
          playing a .dcr or an .swf in a browser window, the only displayed area
          is that which is defined in the bounding box of the stage area. The
          stage area for Flash is elastic and can be shaped, which can give the
          illusion that more information is available, this is just an illusion.

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          • 2. Re: background beyond the stage?
            Joel_K_H Level 1
            Thanks Rob. Maybe I'm not explaining this correctly. Actually, it's not an illusion in Flash. I've been doing it for years.

            Here's a basic example: I create a 600 x 800 px flash document that will become a full screen/non-scaling projector with a black background. I create a 600 x 800 px blue block on the stage. Then I create a 1024 x 768 px yellow block behind the blue block (it is now extending beyond the parameters of the 600 x 800 px stage). Now, when I publish the projector and view on my 1600 x 1200 px resolution screen, I see the 600 x 800 px blue block at actual size along with the entire 1024 x 768 px block at actual size surrounded by the rest of the background which is black. It would be great if Director could do something like that.
            • 3. Re: background beyond the stage?
              Level 7
              Yes, in a projector in Flash you can extend the borders to show the
              off-screen area. I thought you were talking about the web.

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              • 4. Re: background beyond the stage?
                Joel_K_H Level 1
                Ok. So it sounds like a better choice may be to use an Xtra that would dynamically change the resolution of the viewer's screen. Basically, I would like to set up a 1024 x 768 full screen projector with a consistent background image - an image that would still fill the full screen if the user's resolution is higher.

                Thanks for your help Rob.
                • 5. Re: background beyond the stage?
                  James Newton, ACP Level 3
                  In a projector, you can use a movie in a window, as well as the Stage. You could place your "background" in the Stage, and expand the Stage to fill the user's monitor. (See my Fit Monitor script and demos.) You can then show the MIAW above the Stage.

                  In Shockwave, you should be able to create a background image for the web page which matches the background for the movie.