Most professional sequencers
feature the ability to display digital video with synchronized sounds and
music. This lets composers and sound designers take advantage of a wide
range of familiar audio tools for projects that require scoring to picture.
The video format used with these high-end sequencers is almost always QuickTime,
because it is by far the most powerful, flexible, and ubiquitous engine
for delivering multimedia content to desktops and the Internet.
1: Emagicís Logic Audio is one of several pro-level sequencers that
let you synchronize QuickTime movies with music tracks.
Apple, QuickTime 4 has been downloaded more than 50 million times and is
installed on more than 100 million machines. Because the software incorporates
streaming and compression technologies, it is practically the de facto industry
standard for digital movies on the Web.
portability is one of QuickTimes greatest strengths. It works on any
PowerMac running Mac OS 7.5 or better, where it is implemented as a set
of OS extensions. On PCs, the system consists of dynamically linked libraries
and requires a Pentium processor, Windows 95 or later, a Sound Blastercompatible
sound card, and Microsofts DirectDraw and DirectSound. You can control
QuickTime with Java applets, making it an ideal platform for delivering
audio and video to interactive Web sites.
So, if you aspire
to be the next John Williams but dont have the backing of a Hollywood
movie studio, you might try writing scores for QuickTime video clips first
(see Fig. 1). you can use the same techniques as the big shots to produce
a film score that is locked to picture yet is small enough to beposted on
the Web. Aside from your desktop MIDI studio, all you need is QuickTime
Pro to get started.
QuickTime is available
as a free download from Apples Web site (www.apple.com/quicktime).
The latest version, 4.1.2, installs the required system extensions, QuickTime
Player (see Fig.
2), and an encrypted version of QuickTime Pro. You must unlock the Pro
software with a code purchased from Apple for $29.99, which enables the
Save and Export features in the QuickTime Player application. You can then
create a video clip, write a music score for it, and export a high-quality,
low-bandwidth movie for Web distribution.
Magazine, January, 2001
© 2001, Intertec Publishing, A Primedia Company All Rights Reserved
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