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Interactive QuickTime Authoring, Part 4

There's QuickTime authoring built into what? By Kevin Schmitt
Have you ever been to one of those diners, maybe a greasy dive on the side of the highway, that has some variation of the time-honored slogan, "come for the [whatever you came for], stay for the [whatever they want you to stay for]" plastered on their roadside sign? You know, like, "come for the pie, stay for the down-home atmosphere," or "come for the chili, stay for the only bathrooms for 200 miles in any direction because you just had the chili." That particular bit of good ol' American kitsch kept running through my mind as I looked over Adobe's GoLive 6, but with a geeky twist: "Come for the visual site editing, stay for the QuickTime authoring."

There are probably very few, if any, users who will end up buying GoLive 6 solely for it's built-in interactive QuickTime editor, but it's definitely a useful feature makes GoLive worth a serious look if you're in the market for a visual site editor.

What it does
Admittedly, this part of our ongoing series on interactive QuickTime authoring will probably be one of the more superficial efforts we put out, if for no other reason than the fact that we're effectively going to ignore approximately 98.643% of GoLive 6's features and focus on the whatever percentage is left over that constitutes the QuickTime authoring capabilities. I mean, after all, GoLive's primary raison d'etre, as the Russians would say, is to serve as a visual site editor. Plus, GoLive's QuickTime authoring environment is very similar to another product we've previously covered, LiveStage Professional, so I'm going to do a bit of the shameless self-promotion I love so much and point you at Part 3 of this series. What's particularly relevant in that feature is the overview of the various QuickTime tracks LSP gives you access to, because GoLive's track-based interface (fig. 1) is very much the same.


Fig. 1: The GoLive QuickTime authoring interface.


Now, that's not to say that if you go ahead and slap your cash down for GoLive that you're going to be able to put together QuickTime movies with all the bells and whistles LiveStage Pro has, but the underlying concepts and the way each program is set up are comparable. So go on; I'll wait.

How it uses QuickTime
Now that you're back from brushing up on LSP like I oh-so-politely asked you to, let's review what GoLive gives you in the QuickTime department. First, as I already mentioned, is the authoring environment. Let's take a look around, shall we?


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