There are various behind-the-scenes functions in Adobe Director that are important to the appearance and performance of a movie. These include color settings, tempo settings and transition settings. All these features involve using the channels at the top of the Score up here in the so-called effects channels area. Each of these color tempo and transitions will be the topic of this section of the tutorial. Now, to control the way that Director manages colors, it's important to understand the difference between RGB and index color and how Director assigns colors to various elements in your movie. To control the speed at which your movie plays, you'll use settings in the tempo channel and to make scenes in your movie flow together without creating the animations yourself, you'll use predefined transitions. I'll get to the latter two topics in a bit. Let me start in this movie with a description of the way that Director handles color. To make sure that the colors you select appear correctly on as many systems as possible, it helps to understand how Director controls color. Director can use either palette index values or RGB values to specify colors. RGB values are much more reliable and accurate for specifying colors than palette index values and most web pages use RGB values. Director identifies a palette index color by the number of its position in a set of numbers called a color palette. You can see these color palettes everywhere in Director. In fact, if you open up a color chip here, there's an Index palette right there with all the different positions. There's position 104, position one, position two and so on. There's also a color palette channel up here. If you double click on a cell or a frame in that, anywhere in that channel, you'll get the frame properties palette dialog that will show you additional palettes. There's the Windows System palette, the vivid palette, web 216, metallic. Notice that at any given spot, except for spot number one, spot number one is always white. But all the other spots contain different colors. For example, right here, position number two is a light yellow color in the pastel palette, but in the windows palette, it's a light blue color. In the metallic palette it's a brown metallic color and so on. So each of these color palettes is different combinations of up to 256 colors. Director identifies an RGB color as a set of hexadecimal numbers that specify the amounts of red, green and blue required to create that particular color. When a computer is set to display thousands or millions of colors, Director always displays RGB colors accurately, however, when a computer is set to 256 colors, which is not that common, but it does occur, Director finds the closest color in the current color palette to approximate this RGB color. To choose the color mode for the current movie, you'll want to use the color mode settings on the Movie tab of the Property Inspector. Another reason why I always keep my Property Inspector handy. If you click on the Movie tab, you'll see that there is a palette setting here as well as an RGB and an Index radio button. So if you choose RGB, again, Director will use the hexadecimal values or numbers to specify the amounts of red, green and blue required to create that particular color. Notice you've also got a palette drop-down menu here with the various palettes. Same colors that I had available here in the frame properties palette dialog drop-down, right here in the palette drop-down. Now, when you select index color here in the Property Inspector, the colors you choose are specified according to their position in the current palette. The color menu indicates which method is being used. Notice right here there are my RGB values in hexadecimal form. If I click on Index, these color values change to the position in the palette of that particular color. I generally stay with RGB. Only if I know that I'm going to be using very large images and I want to reduce the files sizes of my images and I want to index them would I use index. So occasionally I do, but generally I stick with RGB. Let me now review the various Director color controls. I've already introduced you to the Movie tab of the property inspect. Use this tab to change modes for selecting colors. Again, click either the RGB or index radio button. And also use the color pop-up menu to select colors for movie elements. The color menu is available throughout Director. For example, here in the Tool Panel or if you open up the Paint Window, for example, there's again color chips here. Notice that all the palettes will match depending again what you've specified in the Control Panel. So you'll find those color chips similar throughout the application. You'll use the transform bitmap to remap bitmap images to new palettes and change their color depth. Now, you'll do this is if you have very large images. And I always do this from the Cast Window. If you have a project involving a lot of large bitmap images, it's always a good idea to select the image in the cast window and then from the main menu choose Modify, transform bitmap. And what I usually do is I either reduce the size using the scale or the width and the height or I change the color depth. I definitely move it down from 32 to 16 bits. 32 is if you want to do alpha channels and other things that are really not well supported in Director anyway. So I always move my images down to 16 bit. That's reducing the size by 60 percent right then and there. This'll still be in RGB. You can also move it down to eight bits. Certain kinds of images will look ok. At eight bits others will not depending on the image. When you do move to eight bits, notice you need to choose a palette again from the standard drop-down menu there. I usually go ahead and make a copy of my cast member first and then transform them to eight or 16 bits because you'll get a warning here that you can not undo this operation. So if I Click OK and things don't look ok, then I can always delete that image and use the copy. But some of the images will transform better than others. So this is kind of a trial and error. As you get more experienced with Director, you'll learn the kinds of images that you can successfully move down to eight bits. But I always move down to 16 bits because I'm moving from millions of colors to thousands of color and almost all images will look acceptable at 16 bits. But again, if not, then keep it at 32.
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