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Designing Web Audio & CD-ROM by Dylan Thede, Josh Beggs

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Director Shockwave

Capability

Rating

Browser compatibility and percent of browsers with Plug-in

Fair.

Interactive sound design capabilities

Excellent. Technology is designed to compress multimedia files as well as create them with advanced Lingo scripting.

Advanced button rollovers, transitions, sound effects, loops, audio synced to animation, scriptable fade-ins and fade-outs, and more.

Software cost for encoding and streaming

$900+.

Must purchase Director to export Shockwave files. Format does not require dedicated server.

Level of documentation and support

Good.

Audio encoding and content generation

Easy.

Audio authoring and delivery

Hard.

Director is a powerful multimedia authoring environment that takes time to master.

Audio fidelity and compression

Excellent.

Shockwave audio files compressed with the MPEG codec in Director sound great.

Low-bandwidth performance

Poor.

Shockwave files often drop out if a user’s bandwidth fluctuates. Shockwave and Flash audio streaming works best for users with 56 Kbps or DSL modem speeds.

Server performance and quality of software tools for large-scale streaming

Poor/Fair—HTTP Pseudo-Streaming.

The Director Shockwave format does not support large-scale broadcasting.

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