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The basics of what you are asking is pretty easy to do in Director. To
make a menu, just import your graphics including buttons. Create a
frame label on the timeline for each video. On each button, add the
behaviour named 'Jump to Marker Button' (it is in the Library under
Behaviours, Controls). Pick the appropriate label for each button in
the resulting popup. Then import your video and place one on each
frame. Put the 'Go Loop' behaviour on each of these frames (in the
frame channel). That behaviour is in the Library under Behaviours,
Depending upon how your movies are setup, the rest will be different
(i.e. are the Quicktime, avi, wmv, RealVideo, etc?). But the Library
has behaviours for a lot of them, and building custom scripts is pretty
easy as well if you can put forth the effort to learn Lingo. It is
actually among the easiest to learn languages in my opinion.
Thanks for your help. I'm still a bit lost unfortunately. When you say "import your graphics" is this graphic elements or a complete menu page (created in photoshop for example)? Also, how do I create a frame label? My movies will most likely be quicktime but could also be flv, wmv, avi depending on the project. Sorry with my misunderstanding- I'm very new with Director.
Your interface would typically be individual elements... like a
background, the button graphics, etc.
To add a frame label look at you score window. The top of the score is
a white box. This white box is next to the arrows. Click in the white
box and it will make a label. Type the name of the label there and drag
it to the appropriate location where you want that label to be.
Thanks again for the help... I've spent several hours playing around with Director based on the instructions you've given me. I was able to utilize everything you said, but now I've run into a new set of problems.
I was able to create a menu page with two buttons, each linking to a different video. The menu and the buttons work great... However, when the video is done playing it just freezes on the last frame instead of going back to the menu. I fixed this problem by using "Loop for X Seconds" and entering the video duration, as opposed to simply using "Go Loop"
After that I'm trying to add a "back to menu" button on each of the video pages. I tried several Behaviors that should work (Go to Next, Go to Frame X, Jump to Marker Button, etc) and NOTHING works.... I don't get it. Is there something that I'm missing?
The simplest option is to add a behavior (script) to the video sprites
that monitors when they are finished and jumps to a marker when done.
This is a FAQ and you should find examples if you search this NG.
Implementation depends on the #type of video member
Check out the tutorial "director_11_basictutorial" in folder "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Director 11\Configuration\Tutorials\Basics" that ships with Director. It is an excellent tutorial that addresses critical issues of menu control, frame-based movies, and time-based movies. Good luck!
Can anyone explain to me how to change the path of my videos in director 11? from my computer the videos start fine, from any other they ask me to find them. I understand why, but how can I change it, when I try to manually it does not work. I have read a couple of things on changing the linked file paths, and they dont tell me where to put the code.
Ill admit im a graphical interface man when it comes to director. Any help would me more appreciated then you can imagine!
You should just need to keep the relative paths the same... so if your
program on your machine is in (for example)
and your movies are in
Then you just need to make sure that there is a \movies\ subfolder under
wherever you put the projector on another machine.
To simplify, just put all the movies in the same folder as the main
program and then it should always work, as long as you include the
movies in the same folder.