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Linking to audio and video files

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I've copied the chapter 19_media_objects folder to my desktop, so if you have access to the exercise files, you can work along with me. And in {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} I'm going to go ahead and define that folder as my New Site. Call it "teacloud 19". So I'll select my folder, click OK, and here are the files we're going to be working with. Now, before we get to the movie on embedding content into our pages where you actually have the audio or video file embedded directly in the page, I want to look at an easy way to present audio and video files on your website.

Linking to audio and video files

I've copied the chapter 19_media_objects folder to my desktop, so if you have access to the exercise files, you can work along with me. And in {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} I'm going to go ahead and define that folder as my New Site. Call it "teacloud 19". So I'll select my folder, click OK, and here are the files we're going to be working with. Now, before we get to the movie on embedding content into our pages where you actually have the audio or video file embedded directly in the page, I want to look at an easy way to present audio and video files on your website.

Sometimes when you just need to quickly put a video or audio file online, if you're just lazy for instance, or if you just captured amazing footage of Bigfoot riding down the street on a moped, you don't want to be bothered with designing and creating a whole web page layout just for that file. You just want to get it out there as quickly and easily as possible. All you need to do in that case is to create a link directly to the media file. As long as the person viewing your webpage has the right plug-in installed, he or she will be able to view the content directly in the browser. Let's check this out. I'm going to open the file media.html, which is just a file with some text that we're going to turn into some links. Now, in my Files panel inside assets, there's a folder called "sound" and in here is a file called timefortea.mp3. This is an MP3 file.

If you've never heard of an MP3, you should probably get out more or read a magazine every now and then. MP3s, as you probably already know, are sound files usually used for music that offer superior compression and great sound quality. And it's still probably the widest used format for audio on the web. So, I want people who visit this page be able to listen to this file. I don't want to build a special page just to house the file. I just want to provide access to it. So, I'm going to create a link like I normally do. I'm just going to select some text. I'll just select "mp3 file". And then I can come own here to the Link field, and I can either type in the address, browse for it like I normally do, or I can just use the Point to File and just point at that audio file. So you can see we're not just limited to linking to web pages. You can link to just about any kind of content you want.

So I'll save this and check it out in my browser. And we'll click that link. And you can see that the file plays back into the center of the browser, and you have access to this controller bar to pause, play, jump forward, or jump backwards. And that's all it is. You can see up here in the address we just linked directly to an MP3 file. There's no page design here it's just displaying a controller for the audio file.

And it works the same way if you want to link to a movie file. Inside the video folder here I have a file called photos.mov. If I double click that it will actually open up in my {italic}QuickTime{plain} player. And you can see that this is just a {italic}QuickTime{plain} movie with some pictures in it. Just a little slideshow. So, I want to link directly to that instead of embedding it on my page. So, just the same way, we're going to select some text. We can link to that by just pointing right to it in our Files panel. And that's it. Save our page. Preview in our browser. Click our link. And there it is.

So we've got the same controller bar in here only this time we're actually watching a movie file. So as long as your visitors have the right plug-in they'll be able to hear or view your content. Therefore, it's often a good idea to provide a link on your page to the location where the required plug-in for your content can be downloaded. In this case we have "These files require QuickTime" notice. I'm recommending the Apple {italic}QuickTime {plain}plug-in here because {italic}QuickTime{plain} can playback all of the most popular audio files like MP3, AIFF, WAV, and MIDI. And it can also playback some of the most common video types, like MOVs, MPEGs, and most AVIs. If you're linking to other types of content like a WMV file, which QuickTime cannot play without a special plug-in of its own, you might want to provide a link to Microsoft's site where you can download the WMV plug-in. But, I'm recommending QuickTime on this page because it can play both media types that I'm linking to here. So to create my link I'm going to apple.com/quicktime.

And they have this Download area here. Now the page automatically detects what browser I'm using, and it knows that I'm on a Mac right now. I can actually just delete that and this {italic}QuickTime > {plain}Download link works fine too. I've tested this. So I'm going to Copy that. And I'm just going to double click the word {italic}QuickTime.{plain} And paste that in as my link there. Now often times when you're linking to a site that's outside of your own, you might want that site to open up in its own window. Now in the chapter on Behaviors, we saw how we can use a Behavior to open a new browser window by coming up here, and choosing Open Browser Window. But I don't need to get into a whole bunch of Java Script for this.

All I'm going to do is have my curser somewhere in the link and down here in the target area, I'm going to choose "_blank." That's the way we tell the browser that we want this link to open up in its own window. Let me show you. You save that. Open that in {italic}Safari.{plain} Click my link, there it is. Opens up in a brand new window. Once I've downloaded and closed this window, I'll still be looking at the original page that I came from. So that's just a little tip for you, so if you're linking to another site outside of your own, sometimes using that target _blank is a good idea so your visitors will always see your original page in the background.

But that's how you link to content. Again you can link to audio files, video files SWF files, PDF files and so on. You can even link to regular GIF and JPEG files. Again it's the plug-in in the user's browser that makes the file playback properly, so make sure you do provide a link to the plug-in's download location if you want all your users to be able to see or listen to your file.

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  1. 1m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
  2. 21m 0s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 4s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 11s
    4. What is DHTML?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 23s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 3s
  3. 46m 18s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 39s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 11s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 18s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 38s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 50s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 11s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 22s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 59s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 5s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 17s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a new blank site
      6m 0s
    2. Creating and saving a new document
      7m 54s
    3. About DOCTYPE
      3m 59s
    4. Inserting images
      9m 26s
    5. Inserting text
      3m 35s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 9s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  6. 45m 58s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 49s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 37s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 35s
    7. Image maps
      9m 20s
  7. 1h 8m
    1. About CSS
      4m 52s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
      4m 10s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 46s
    5. The CSS Styles panel
      3m 48s
    6. CSS selectors
      2m 37s
    7. Type selectors
      12m 13s
    8. ID selectors
      10m 21s
    9. Class selectors
      5m 42s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 22s
  8. 42m 54s
    1. CSS vs. the Font tag
      2m 42s
    2. Formatting text with the Property Inspector
      8m 41s
    3. What measurement should I use?
      3m 15s
    4. Managing white space with margins, padding, and line height
      8m 34s
    5. Using font lists
      5m 45s
    6. Aligning text
      2m 47s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 8s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 2s
  9. 43m 19s
    1. About tables
      1m 28s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 46s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 41s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 6s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 35s
  10. 28m 22s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 58s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 29s
    4. Working with Layout Tables
      6m 55s
    5. Adjusting table widths and nesting tables
      5m 52s
  11. 16m 19s
    1. What is a device?
      3m 14s
    2. Attaching a printer-friendly style sheet
      3m 5s
    3. Styling for print
      7m 41s
    4. Adobe Device Central
      2m 19s
  12. 29m 54s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 31s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 21s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 14s
  13. 26m 32s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 9s
    2. Editing in Code view
      3m 0s
    3. The Code toolbar
      5m 11s
    4. Working with Code Collapse
      4m 27s
    5. The Quick Tag Editor
      2m 20s
    6. Working with snippets
      5m 25s
  14. 32m 45s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 52s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 37s
    4. Adding lists and menus
      6m 5s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 17s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 50s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 58s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 11s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 16s
    1. Templates in action
      5m 12s
    2. Creating a new template
      6m 36s
    3. Applying templates
      3m 36s
    4. Modifying a template
      1m 40s
    5. Adding repeating regions
      3m 28s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 48s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 2s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 24s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 44s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 29s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 2s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 53s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 14s
  20. 26m 17s
    1. About media objects
      2m 6s
    2. Linking to audio and video files
      5m 56s
    3. Embedding audio and video files
      7m 7s
    4. Setting parameters
      4m 27s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
      4m 4s
  21. 28m 47s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 35s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 36s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 12s
  22. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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