1/13/99 NOTE: The following tutorial, written when QuickTime 3 was still in beta, is no longer completely accurate. You'll only need to follow these instructions for QuickTime VR movies, since the default for linear QT movies is to show the controller. Also, the proper URLs are the QT3 download page and the QuickTime 3 Tools and Utilities page. Note also that you'll need to upgrade to the Pro version of QuickTime 3.
A poster movie is a small, usually single-frame movie that you embed on a Web page. It downloads quickly, but when clicked on can be replaced with the movie that you really want on the page. (This is particularly nice when you want several movies on a page, but don't necessarily want them all to download automatically.)
The one complication that arises is that you often don't want the poster to have a controller, but you do want the "real" movie to have a controller. Apple has instructions on their web site doing what you need to, but it's not all in one place.
So here's our version of instructions to follow when you want to use a poster movie on your web page (and it'll work equally well for regular QT and QTVR movies):
You'll need to have QuickTime 3.0 and MoviePlayer 3.0 (both of which you can get at the QT 3 download page), as well as a utility called Plug-in Helper (which you can get at the QuickTime 3.0 Utilities page).
First, create the poster movie:
Next, use Plug-in Helper to add the controller=true command directly to your movie:
Then, author your web page so that no controller shows for the poster:
<EMBED SRC="mymovieposter.mov" CONTROLLER=false HEIGHT=216 WIDTH=320 HREF="mymovie.mov" TARGET="myself">
You'd, of course, change the value for SRC to the name of the poster movie you saved in step 8 above, and the value for HREF to the name of the movie you saved with Plug-in Helper. The WIDTH should be the width of your movie, and the HEIGHT should be equal to the height plus 16 (so there's room for the controller).
Finally, upload everything:
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