There is far more to Apple's QuickTime than a movie that plays on your computer--it is an entire technology whose rich features go largely untapped. In this second edition of QuickTime for the Web
, the QuickTime gurus at Apple lay bare the inside tricks, hidden features and underlying structure of this dynamic media tool.
This book proves useful to anyone using QuickTime as a presentation tool, regardless of their method of delivery. Although titled QuickTime for the Web, it describes features that go far beyond the Web. The interactive section is the highlight of this book. It describes how to build custom interfaces (skins) for your movie, how to connect your movie or interface elements to the Web, how to add and edit an array of tracks such as text and Flash tracks, and how to add interactive audio.
However, this is not the only chapter worth reading--far from it. From the very beginning, each and every page offers some tip or describes a feature that one could learn to make use of. Need to know how to convert PowerPoint presentations into interactive QuickTime movies? Page 241. Need the HTML code to detect QuickTime before loading a movie? Page 113. Don't know the difference between streaming and non-streaming? There's a chapter devoted to mixing the two and demonstrating how they can each be used to their fullest.
QuickTime has much to offer and many of the underlying features are very easy to use. This is an important and informative book and an invaluable reference for anyone who seriously works with QuickTime and uses it as a presentation tool. --Mike Caputo
"Clearly the most comprehensive book about QuickTime authoring ever written! From compression to media skins, this book was written so well that beginners are gently guided through every step and experts can get answers quickly. An essential guide for webmasters moving into rich media. This book exposes the flexibility of QuickTime in an easy to understand language." -- David Egbert, Wired Media & Apple Solutions Expert, Retiarius Enterprises
"High-tech writing is sometimes helpful to beginners, complete for advanced users, entertaining, full of examples, easy to use, or accurate. This book does it all." -- Caroling Geary, www.wholeo.net
"QuickTime for the Web unleashes the power of digital media. This comprehensive guide is a excellent ready reference to the extensive visual, audio, and interactive capabilities of QuickTime. From basic concepts through clear how-to examples and a wealth of tips, Steven Gulie covers all aspects of creating and delivering QuickTime media for the Web. This edition extends a keystone work to include the myriad of new features in the QuickTime 5 release." -- Steven M. Cox, Ph. D., Interactive New Media Developer, virtualthink.com
"The most consistently useful book I've owned in many years. This is technical writing at its best: lucid prose that explains and exemplifies the vast capabilities of QuickTime on the Web then goes on to inspire a flood of ideas that can be explored right away because the enclosed CD includes great sample code, media and ssential tools, including QuickTime Player Pro." -- Dr. Frank Lowney, Director, Electronic Instructional Services, Georgia College & State University
"An excellent body of work that should not beabsent in any multimedia authors collection of tools." -- Mario Piepenbrink, Director of Technology, Kamera Netherlands and QuickTime Evangelist
"This second edition is a must have even if you own the first edition. This book covers all the new features of QuickTime 5, that by themselves are impressive, but here they are explained."
"Steve's book is simply _the best_ resource for anyone that creates or will create QuickTime content. The language is perfect for both beginners and experts. I love Steve's sense of humor when he writes. I wish I had the CD-ROM to see as it seems to have great new samples of work from different QuickTime producers around the world in various topics." -- Francesco Schiavon, Interactive Production Instructor, Vancouver Film School, New Media
"QuickTime for the Web 2nd edition is a fantastic resource for anyone who works with new media. It's a must have for anyone who wants to use digital computer media at any level, beginner or expert. I've learned more in 2 days of glancing through this book than I was ever able to gather from various sources, or glean from my own experience. My eyes are suddenly opened to all the possibilities that QuickTime enables." -- Jim Longo, co-Founder, Rhythm division
"An impressively thorough reference which also functions well as a general introduction to a complex and extensive technology. Unlike many 'authorized' texts, this up-to-date book reveals all the tricks and gotchas with exactly the encyclopedic level of detail that the subject deserves. Everyone working on the internet/multimedia axis should have a copy." -- Brennan Young, Multimedia Programmer
"The title "QuickTime for the Web" doesn't really dothis book justice. Although QuickTime and targeting it for the web is the main focus of the book, it's about a whole lot more than that. I'd say it's THE book to read for all that is QuickTime. The wealth of information just about QuickTime is incredible. And oh by the way it has a lot of great information about related technologies like streaming, Flash, SMIL, etc....
The book is...different than most technical books of it's kind. It's easy to read, contains some humor, written by someone who knows the technology well, and above all you can tell the author is excited about what you can do with QuickTime.
I'd rate this as a must read for anyone doing anything with QuickTime. It contains everything you need to know to deploy QuickTime content and more. It also does a great job of explaining what specific tools you'll need to build the QuickTime content of your choice." -- Brad Behrendt, Digital Prairie Systems