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by Jason Whong

How to put Snapz Pro 2 QuickTime movies on the web

Originally, I was going to write about how to record a QuickTime movie with Snapz Pro 2, but when I started to write, I realized that there wasn't much for me to talk about. Snapz Pro 2 captures QuickTime just as easily as it does still pictures like PICTs, GIFs, JPEGs, and the like. It was so easy to use, that I pretty much had nothing to write about in my How To piece.

Instead, I've decided to focus on advanced usage of Snapz Pro 2. Sure, you can make a QuickTime movie of almost anything, without problems. But what if you're more interested in publishing your QuickTime movies on the Internet, so that other people can see your work? If you've wondered how you can make an effective web presentation with your movies, we've found a way to do it right.

We're doing it Apple's way. If you go to any of Apple's excellent QuickTime pages, you'll find a really excellent layout, and a QuickTime movie that plays right on the web page! This is useful because it looks nice, and leaves the user with an uncluttered experience, since you can (mostly) control the layout.

Look at the Snapz Pro Movies page for an example of how movies can be easily placed within a web page.

Notice how the large movies don't download until you've clicked on them, but they still remain in the same space. The reason: There are actually two movies. I'll explain why later on, but see if you can figure it out before you get done reading this.

Here's what the code looks like:

<EMBED SRC="Art/qtstart.mov" WIDTH="320" HEIGHT="256" BORDER="0" CONTROLLER="false" HREF="http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/~jason/snapzmovies/movies/chooseprinter.mov" TARGET="myself" PLUGINSPAGE="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/"></EMBED>

Let's look at the parameters we've used with the EMBED tag:

Here's an example of this code in action. The small QuickTime movie which says "click here to play the movie" is included with The Ambrosia Times. If you're not connected to the Internet, please don't click the movie - it won't do anything.

Now you're ready to start making videos and put them up on the net. There's moe to come! Check out the next How To article in September's Ambrosia Times - that one will be about recording and editing multiple shot movies with Snapz Pro 2.

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