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From Stefano Mazzocchi <stef...@apache.org>
Subject Re: SMIL & SVG
Date Sat, 26 Feb 2000 13:23:51 GMT
Jerm wrote:
> 
> Dear All,
> 
> I have been playing with SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language).
> 
>     <http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-smil/>
> 
> Apple have recently released QuickTime 4.1 for MacOS and WinOSes that has
> support for SMIL plus some extensions of their own.
> 
>     <http://www.apple.com/quicktime/>
> 
> SMIL works in both the MoviePlayer application and the browser plug-in.
> 
> I have not tried outputting SMIL from Cocoon yet but will do soon.
> I am not sure of the correct mime-type, BTW.
> 
> Here is a sample, just so you can see what it looks like:
> 
> <smil
>     xmlns:qt="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/resources/smilextensions"
>     qt:autoplay="true">
>     <head>
>         <layout>
>             <root-layout id="rl" width="600" height="250"
> background-color="green"/>
>             <region id="textMovie" left="0" top="50" width="600" height="25"/>
>             <region id="textArea" left="50" top="0" width="600" height="150"/>
>             <region id="audio" left="50" top="150" width="120" height="16"/>
>             <region id="backImage" width="100%" height="100%" fit="hidden"/>
> 
>         </layout>
>     </head>
>     <body>
>         <par>
>             <img
>                 src="babbage's_brain.jpg"
>                 region="backImage"
>                 dur="01:00:00"/>
>             <text
>                 src="hello.txt"
>                 region="textArea"
>                 qt:composite-mode="transparent-color;black"
>                 />
>             <video
>                 src="shannon2.mov"
>                 region="audio"
>                 />
>             <video
>                 id="textMov"
>                 src="intro.mov"
>                 region="textMovie"
>                 qt:composite-mode="blend;50%"
>                 />
>         </par>
>     </body>
> </smil>
> 
> This loads several assets; an image, a text file, an audio movie and a text
> movie, then builds a composite movie on the fly. <par> plays it's children in
> parallel, <seq> defines a sequence.
> 
> The only method I have found so far of applying styling to text is to use
> QuickTime Text Track markup, which appears to be converted into a movie on the
> fly:
> 
>     {QTtext} {width:300} {height:200}{font:Geneva} {bold} {size:28}
>     {anti-alias:on} {keyedText:on} {justify:right}
>     [00:00:00.00]
>     One upon a time in a cubicle not so far away,
>     [00:00:06.09]
>     A tired but dedicated engineer
>     [00:00:20.19]
>     Worked on through the night...
> 
> SMIL handles both Streamed and Static media.
> 
> Smil has a <switch> structure allowing on the fly choice of media elements based
> on a range of tests including: screen-depth, system-bitrate, system-language
> etc.
> 
> There is some interactivity built into SMIL, it has Anchors, can have hotspot
> areas, which can be time-sensitive; you can load new presentations, including
> being able to address fragments, you can target browser frames with urls, I
> don't think you can target regions interactivly. QuickTime has it's own schemes
> for adding interctivity, some APIs are more exposed than others.
> 
> Adobe have released a set of SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) Plugins, one for
> Illustrator 8.0.1 (Export and Place) and one for NetScape 4.7 (only).
> 
>     <http://beta1.adobe.com/svgpreview_alpha/SVG/tutorial/intro.html>
> 
> This stuff appears to work. SVG appears to be heading towards a dynamic model,
> though is not there yet.

GREAT news!!!!

I'm downloading right away :) thanks for the head-up dude :)

-- 
Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<stefano@apache.org>                             Friedrich Nietzsche
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