82 About Video Output Hardware

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Before You Begin

81 Preview Your Final Movie

See Also

83 About Output Formats

84 About Sharing Video with Others

Computers are capable of playing multiple types of video and audio. The programming and hardware inside today's computers make it possible for the computer to recognize, in most cases, the kind of media you want to play. For example, when you insert an audio CD into your computer's CD drive, the computer plays the music after automatically starting your music or MP3 program. Insert a movie DVD into your computer's DVD drive, and the computer plays the movie after automatically starting your computer's DVD player. If the movie doesn't start playing right away, start your DVD playback software and select from its menus to load the movie from your DVD drive.



Some DVD players do play MP3 files and audio content from CDs. Some DVD players can also play videos stored on CDs, but you should never count on your audience having that kind of DVD player. If you store your movie on a CD, you must expect your audience to watch your movie on a computer that can read the movie on the CD.

Noncomputer playback devices such as DVD players and DV cameras are not as forgiving , and not as multitalented. A DVD player can often play only DVD movies on DVD discs. When you store your final movie, you must know the kind of hardware the audience will have to play the movie. You cannot create a movie that will be playable on all possible devices.

After you've edited your movie and produced its final form, save your movie's project to your disk drive. Consider the project as being your movie's true source. If you create a movie CD from the project, the CD can be used to play the movie on devices that can read the CD, but don't erase your project and its associated files after you've created the CD. By keeping the movie's project, you will be able to save the movie in a different format later.



If you do not save your project, you will have lost all clips and tracks from your movie. The movie on the CD (or whatever media you save to, including an email attachment) is not segmented into clips and transition tracks that you can keep track of later. The media, such as the CD, will hold only a single movie file in a format such as WMV , which Movie Maker can no longer edit using tracks and clips.

Keep this task's issues in mind as you follow subsequent tasks to save your movie in the format you require. The most important point to remember about your movie is that its true source is your movie project, and not the media to which you save your final movie.

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Digital Video with Windows XP in a Snap
Digital Video with Windows XP in a Snap
ISBN: 0672325691
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 169
Authors: Greg Perry

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