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Questions from the WWUG

Related Digital WebCast forums have questions and answers of their own By Stephen Schleicher
This week we branch out into some of the other WWUG communities that have a relationship with webcasting and all things Net.

The first question comes from Robbo on the Adobe Photoshop WWUG.

"Why is it when I create a transparent .gif, that I end up with a white 'frosting' type effect on the edges of the image??


What setting have I got wrong??

Thanks for any input."


Dave Nage, host of the forum, was quick to respond

"The problem with the GIF format is that transparency isn't very good. You can improve the look by adding a colored matte. There's a tutorial at http://www.creativemac.com/HTM/58Seconds/2000/05_00/fireworkstransparency2/index.htm . The tutorial refers to Macromedia Fireworks, but you can do the same thing with Photoshop's Save for Web feature."

If you have any further comments or suggestions that might help Robbo, reply in the Adobe Photoshop WWUG.

The second question comes from Kaf in the Apple QuickTime forum in which he is having a problem getting timeline support when using SMIL.

"I would like to insert in a QuickTime movie a gif image which has to appear at defined times and then disappear (such as text tracks created thanks to text descriptors). I didnt manage to and I turned myself to SMIL. With SMIL I could do it but there is no more time marks in my QuickTime player. Its not possible anymore to come back or go forward or simply place myself at the beginning of the movie when it is playing. How can I make the timeline bar active when I use a SMIL document in the QuickTime player ?

Do you have another solution to insert a gif image in QuickTime at defined times ? "

To respond directly to Kaf's question, click here. If you would like to post your own questions or see responses from other users be sure to visit the Apple QuickTime forum.

If you have other questions relating to webcasting, streaming audio or video, compression, or media creation in general, be sure to visit the Digital WebCast forum or any of the forums on the WWUG.


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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at schleicher@mindspring.com

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