LiveStage Professional 3 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide

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Visual, task-vased guide documents LiveStage Professional 3 for developers.

  • Tutorial and reference to the leading QuickTime authoring tool.
  • Visual lessons provide fast-track learning solution.
  • Cross-platform format supports both Macintosh and Windows environments.
Published by Totally Hip Software, LiveStage Professional 3 is the leading QuickTime 5 authoring tool for developers and digital media producers. ...
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Overview

Visual, task-vased guide documents LiveStage Professional 3 for developers.

  • Tutorial and reference to the leading QuickTime authoring tool.
  • Visual lessons provide fast-track learning solution.
  • Cross-platform format supports both Macintosh and Windows environments.
Published by Totally Hip Software, LiveStage Professional 3 is the leading QuickTime 5 authoring tool for developers and digital media producers. In LiveStage Professional 3 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide, media professionals will learn how to create, produce, and deliver impressive broadband and interactive wired movie content in a cross-platform environment. Beginning with a basic overview of LiveStage 3, this book goes on to cover advanced features such as static visuals, moving visuals, text tracks, sprite tracks, animations, audio and much more. The format of this Visual QuickStart Guide makes it easy for beginners to learn LiveStage while more advanced users will find the book a handy quick-reference for specific features. With its illustrated step-by-step style, this book is ideal for developers creating content for e-commerce, advertising, entertainment, learning, and education.

Martin Sitter is co-founder of djinn.ca, a Vancouver-based multimedia consultancy specializing in interactive and streaming media delivered through QuickTime. He is also an experienced audio producer with several commercial releases to his name.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201771428
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 12/26/2001
  • Series: Visual QuickStart Guide Series
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Who Needs This Book? x
How to Use This Book x
Getting Started xii
Part 1 Building a Project 1
Chapter 1 The Tracks Tab 3
About the Tracks Tab 4
About Tracks 6
About Samples 10
About the Timeline 13
Chapter 2 The Stage and Library 17
About Stage Basics 18
About Using the Stage 20
About Grids 23
About Align Tools 26
About Draw Settings 28
About the Library 30
Chapter 3 Setting Track Properties 35
About the Track Tab 36
About the Spatial Tab 39
About the Composition Tab 42
About the Advanced Tab 51
Chapter 4 The Script Editor 53
About the Script Editor 54
About Events 57
About the Script Edit Field 62
About QScript Syntax 68
About Action Statements 72
About QScript Properties 75
About the QScript Reference Window 78
Chapter 5 Setting Movie Properties 81
About the Play Section 82
About the Movie Section 87
About Looping Movies 91
About QuickTime Properties 92
About Intermovie Communication 95
About Exporting 97
Part 2 Exploring Tracks 101
Chapter 6 Basic Visual Tracks 103
About Color Tracks 104
About Picture Tracks 109
About Skin Tracks 113
About External Tracks 117
Chapter 7 Movie Tracks 119
About Movie Tracks 120
About Child Movies 122
About Slaving Child Movies 130
About MIAM Playback Parameters 133
About the Layout Pop-Up Menu 135
About Loading Child Movies 137
Chapter 8 Text Tracks 141
About Text Attributes 144
About Text Margins 150
About Text Appearance 154
About Text Effects 156
About Animated Text 159
About Hotspots 162
About Formatting Hotspots 165
About Advanced Hotspot Editing 170
About Chapter Tracks 173
Chapter 9 Streaming, Flash, and VR Tracks 177
About Streaming Tracks 179
About Flash Tracks 184
About Scripting Flash Tracks 190
About Flash Buttons 194
About VR Tracks 199
About VR Tracks and QScript 201
About VR Hotspots 204
About Multi-Node VRs 206
Chapter 10 Sprite Tracks 209
About Sprite Images 211
About Sprites 214
About Sprite Layout Properties 217
About Sprite Backgrounds 223
About Behaviors 226
About Sprite Buttons 230
About Scripting Sprites 232
About Image Override 235
Chapter 11 Animations and Manipulations 237
About Source Pop-Up Menus 238
About Tween Tracks 239
About Cel-Based Animations 246
About Effect Tracks 253
About Transitions 255
About Filter Effects 258
About Special Effects 260
Chapter 12 Working with Audio 263
About Sound Tracks 264
About Track Volume 266
About MIDI 268
About Instrument Tracks 271
About Playing Instruments 276
Chapter 13 Advanced QScript 281
About Constants 282
About Variables 285
About Debugging Projects 289
About Conditional Statements 291
About Custom Events 292
Appendix A Keyboard Shortcuts 295
Appendix B Online Resources 297
Appendix C Useful QScripts 299
Switching Fonts Based on Platform 300
Checking Connection Speed 301
Making a JavaScript Pop-Up Window 302
Monitoring a Movie's Download Progress 303
Index 305
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