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Have you tried with the MPEG Advanced Xtra? I'd give it a go. Even unregistered, it
shoudl work, just wil show a 'unregistered' popup at the start. that way you can
see if the new Xtra helps and if its worth upgrading. If it still plays choppy, I'd
recompile the MPEG. I've seen MPEGs where the vidoe looks fine outside of Director
but there are internal formatting issues that show wjhen playing with the Xtra.
I've had great experience using TMPGEnc to compress my MPEGs. Have a look at:
It's a few program. I'd suggest you run through your MPEGs through TMPGEnc to see
if it was the MPEGs causing the problems.
Director Lecturer / Consultant
On Wed, 01 Nov 2006 21:10:32 GMT, yevri posted in
> A client of mine had someone develop a Director piece that displays 3
> mpegs using the Direct Media Xtra version 2.01. They are still using
> Director 8.5 on a WIndows XP system.The Direct Media Xtra maker,
> Tabuleiro, doesn't list XP as supported (just earlier versions of
> Windows) and has since discontinued Direct Media Xtra.
Hm. I'm using D8.5.1 (get that patch if you haven't!) with Direct Media
Xtra 1.5 and MPEG-1 files play flawlessly in my projects. You might try
tweaking the Cpuboost in the member properties.
I haven't tried using it with other MPEG formats, though. If you're using
MPEG-2, you should probably get MPEG Advance.
> I've read the tech notes on direct to stage, but can't find how to make
> it direct to stage with that plug-in - I'm assuming I cannot.
IIRC, Direct Media Xtra assets are always Direct to Stage.
> Also, on that Windows XP development machine, the video doesn't show up
> at all when viewing in Director or in window media player, but you can
> hear the audio playing. In Director, either in the Direct Media Xtra
> when editing the properties of the video sprite or when running the
> EXE, you can't see the video, but you can hear it and it is choppy. So
> I wonder if it's a video problem on that machine that doesn't allow
> Director to make a smooth video to play from a CD on other machines as
It does sound as if something's wrong with that machine. However, I agree
with Dean. You might try recompressing the videos before troubleshooting
the machine - or try on other machines.
When I created MPEG-1 files, I also used TMPEG with the VCD (Video CD)
Mark A. Boyd
On Fri, 03 Nov 2006 16:41:44 GMT, Mark A. Boyd posted in
> When I created MPEG-1 files, I also used TMPEG with the VCD (Video CD)
P.S. Some video drivers do not play well with MPEG-1 files that are sized
oddly. The most acceptable sizes are 352x240 for NTSC and 352x??? for PAL. I
did have problems with some clients when creating 640x480 or other sizes.
TMPEGenc's VCD preset uses the acceptable sizes.
Mark A. Boyd
On Sat, 04 Nov 2006 05:52:54 GMT, Dean Utian posted in
> Thanks Mark for expanding on this. I just look at my message and thought, I
> really needed to proofread that before I pressed send:)
Yea, but we both assumed that the OP is creating new videos. S/he didn't
actually say that.
Yevrii, do you see this symptom with the old videos? And with the D8.5.1
Hindsight is clearer for me, too.
Mark A. Boyd