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Time Units

Time Units lists the time units of all time-related Lingo commands. See "Converting Time Units" later in this chapter. See Table 16-1 for possible values for some of the entries in Table 16-1. Refer to Chapter 15 and Chapter 16 in Director in a Nutshell for details on the commands that pertain to media elements. Note that the duration of member property has different units for SWA, digital video, and transition cast members.

Tip

Director often measures time in ticks. One tick equals 1/60th of a second.

Table 11-4. Time Units

Lingo Command

Media Type

Time Units

[a]
[b]
[c]

the bitRate of member

SWA

Bits per second; 0 if SWA is not playing.

the chunkSize of member

Transition

Pixels per chunk in each step of the transition (1 to 128).

the cpuHogTicks

N/A

Ticks (default 20). Higher numbers hog more time for Director (Mac only).

the cuePointTimes of member

Video, Sound, SWA

Milliseconds.

the currentTime of sprite

Video, SWA

Milliseconds.

the currentTime of sound

SWA, Sound

Milliseconds.

DIRECTOR.INI

Sound

Sound buffer length settings are in milliseconds. See Appendix D.

the date (long | short | abbreviated)

N/A

Day, month, and year. See "Table 11-5" later in this chapter.

delay

N/A

Ticks.

the digitalVideoTimeScale

Video

Units per second[a] (defaults to 60 units per second, that is, ticks). If set to 0, the timeScale of member is used.

the doubleClick

N/A

Boolean property; double-click interval is set in Mouse control panel. See Chapter 9 ...

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