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What sort of sprites are you using to play the video? If you have
imported those Mpgs as Quicktime, then the client machines will need
Quicktime installed in order to play them.
If that isn't the problem, then see if your movies will play on those
machines without using Director. Like, double-click the files and open
them in the default application (probably Windows Media Player). If
they don't display there, then the problem is most likely with the codec
that was use to encode the movies.
Thanks for your advice.
If I open the cd, I can play the mpg files using Windows Media Player and/or RealPlayer. So it doesn't seem if that's the problem.
But I did notice that when the mpg files are imported into Director, the files come into Director as QuickTime files, even though I know they were created using a Windows application. The thing is, I don't think QuickTime is loaded on the new computers I mentioned. So that might be the problem.
Still...I know Windows Media and RealPlayer can play the mpg file format. So I'm still not quite understanding (1) why the mpg files won't play and (2) why Director wants to import the files as QuickTime.
Quicktime is the default standard way that Director uses digital video.
If you are using Director MX 2004, then you can import the video as
Real Player instead. Either way requires software to be installed on
the client machine before the video will play (either Quicktime or Real).
There are 3rd party xtras (notably Mpeg Advance) that will play video
without needing to install anything. as long as your video is
compressed using a standard codec that is already on the client machine.
The best (or at least the most standard) is Mpeg-1. Any computer from
Windows 95 onward (and all Macs in about as long a time) can play Mpeg-1
files without needing to install anything else.
It sounds like your video was imported into Director as Quicktime, so
the easiest solution is to make sure that Quicktime is installed on all
client computers. You can do this by including the installer for
Quicktime on your CD (you can download it from www.quicktime.com). You
can use Director's built in quicktimeVersion() command to see what
version if any is installed, and run that installer if you need to.
If installing Quicktime onto the client computers is not an option, then
you will need to either re-import the videos as Real Video (assuming of
course you are sure that Real is installed on the client machines) or go
the 3rd party route. If you do that, I recommend Mpeg Advance, but there