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Questions from the WWUG

A little give and take goes a long way By Stephen Schleicher
Questions From the WWUG has found some interesting questions and comments this week in a variety of forums.

Our first question this week comes from Bryan Parris, who has a question about looping audio files.

"We are working on a page with a TV screen. The screen has TV snow looping on it until the cursor rolls over a button, then the corresponding picture appears on the screen. We are trying to have our TV snow sound do the same thing: loop until a button is rolled over and then continue when the mouse is not over a button. Any ideas how to do this?"

If you have a solution to help Bryan out, be sure to visit the Adobe GoLive WWUG, or to respond directly to this question click here. (http://www.wwug.com/forums/adobe_golive/011015151840.htm)

Lets jump over to the QuickTime forum for a question and solution regarding QuickTime audio on a laptop.

Clayton asks, "I am creating Sorenson QT files from Media Cleaner to be played back on PC Pentium II laptops. No matter what I do the audio pops and cracks. If I play the same audio back using Windows Media Player or Win amp it's fine. I have done high and low pass filters on the audio, I have also normalized the audio. Nothing seems to work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated."

Fortunately Randy Miller did some searching and came up with a solution that should help Clayton and everyone else who is having audio problems with QuickTime on their laptops.

"Launch QuickTime 5


In first dialog dropdown menu choose: SOUND OUT

In second dialog dropdown menu choose: waveOUT (and name of your sound card)

I had to search high and low to find the answer to this vexing little problem, hope I can save others a bit of time/frustration. "

If you are having problems with your version of QuickTime running on any OS, be sure to visit the Apple QuickTime forum.

Over at the Digital WebCast forum, Dave is still having problems with his Darwin Server.

"I'm having a problem accessing the admin page for Darwin Streaming Server 3. It's installed on a windows 2k server. I've installed Active Perl (latest build). It currently resides in a "Perl" folder on the c drive.

The system path shows c:perlin to have been added.

The Darwin service starts fine.

However, when I open my browser and type: http://localhost:1220 it brings up the error page (the page cannot be displayed) and won't launch the administrator.

ANY idea what's wrong? Any clues? Anyplace on the Internet where there is some documentation on installing and troubleshooting Darwin on the various platforms? etc.

Thanks in advance! "

If you can help Dave out, he would really appreciate any assistance. You can access the Digital WebCast forum here.

Our last question comes from the Macromedia Director forum.

Todd is working on a corporate presentation and wants to have images and video files play randomly throughout.

"I have a need for a corporate presentation that accesses various still images and video images on a hard drive and plays them full screen. Is it possible (and easy) to get director to play a "bin" of files and add dissolves between each JPEG/MOVIE etc... as they are played. Sort of like what PowerPoint does, but I'm trying to get this to self start and do the show on its own for my particular application."

If you can help Todd out, you can post your answer (or read responses from other WWUG users) here.

Finally when trying to help Dave out with his Darwin problem, he brought up a good question. He was curious as to why there were so many questions that remain unanswered on the WWUG.

WWUG Host Dave Nagel responded during our discussion.
"...manually checking of all of (the 250 WWUG forums) is out of the question. You never know when people are going to post, and you also never know where. (You know, some people will follow up with a post from a month ago and ask a new question way down in the list.) I try to answer all questions in my particular forums as soon as they are posted."

The same is true for all of the WWUG forums and hosts. While we may seem "all knowing", there are times when we too are stumped for answers. That doesnt mean someone out there doesnt know the solution.

Dave followed up to Mr. Nagels comments with;

"That makes sense for moderators. I understand where you guys are coming from. By no means do I expect mods to be sitting in front of several screens waiting for the next post. No way.

My question is mainly for the ones that use the group. I want to promote a give and take. Not just take. I don't have time to answer a lot of questions due to my production schedule, but will do so as time allots... and will make time as well.

I'm basically asking that of the posters. As you know, a good party doesn't consist of everyone sitting on sofas waiting for someone else to talk. It's give and take."

A good point Dave.

With over 250 WWUG forums there are hundreds of questions asked each day. While we try to take a random sampling of questions and answers for each weeks Question from the WWUG, we are going to miss great questions and even better answers. Take a moment and see if you can answer some of them to help your fellow professional. You never know when you might need the favor returned some day.
For a complete list of all the WWUG forums, visit www.wwug.com

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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 [email protected]

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