I’ve spruced up the first rhizome movie template so that now it reads its associated XML file. It operates in exactly the same way as the earlier rhizome movie, the difference is that by entering the appropriate pathway into the associated XML file you can load a movie into each child track of any name. The child movies can reside anywhere, just make sure you enter a valid url.
What is it?
rhizome.mov is a little movie that lets you load two other videos into it. Each of these plays, and loops continuously. They are independent of each other so you can load films of different duration into each of the video windows. Mousing into each video enables the volume for that video and mutes the other.
Where does the XML file have to be?
The rhizome.mov file has a script inside of it that looks for a file called rhizome.xml, and loads this file. rhizome.xml must reside in the same directory as rhizome.mov
Can I rename rhizome.mov?
Yes, you can call it what you like, but make sure it still ends in .mov. The only thing you cannot rename is rhizome.xml.
Where do I put the two movies that are going to be loaded into rhizome.mov?
Well, where you like really. Just make sure that you point to them properly within rhizome.xml.
Do the URLs I put in rhizome.xml have to be full URLs?
No, they can be relative paths, and they should be relative to the location of rhizome.mov. In other words if you placed your two child movies in the same directory as rhizome.mov you could just write their file names within rhizome.xml
What file formats do my child movies need to be in?
Any format that QuickTime can view. At the moment that is .mov, .mp4, and some varieties of .avi, as well as various other formats.
What size should my video be?
Each of the video panes is 160 x 120 pixels. You can compress your video to be larger but it is only going to be visible at 160 x 120 pixels.
How compressed does it need to be?
Up to you, but remember you are playing 2 videos from 2 sources at the same time inside of another movie. So the lower the bit rate and frame rate, the better things will be. If you try and load 2 20 meg videos into this, then outside of big broadband on a dual processor G5, not a lot will actually work for anyone. (Remember, this is networked video, the network is narrow, and small.)
Um, what’s a child movie?
rhizome.mov is a container movie that loads two other videos and then plays them. These two other movies are child movies. They exist independently (and play independently) of the container (parent) movie.
And I would do this because?
That’s for you to answer. In this rhizome movie you get two independent movies that play independently of each other, and which loop. Fixed, linear timelines are irrelevant when you publish video on a computer. This is a simple machine to help get your head into that time.
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