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  • Tam Perl

    March 2, 2006 at 5:31 pm

    I am producing a 3 minute promo movie which will be show at an exhibitor’s booth at a trade show. Doing it in AE7.0, exporting to quicktime, and from there… that’s the question. The movie needs to loop indefinitely. What is the best way of doing that: running Quicktime off a powerbook using Quicktime’s loop feature; or using DVD player (is there such a thing as looping a dvd??); other suggestions?



  • Steve Stone

    March 2, 2006 at 5:52 pm

    If you have the resources, I would go with the dvd option. Basically it takes the crash factor out of the mix and you can be pretty sure you will get pretty nice quality. You may end up wasiting a lot of time playing around with the compression of your mov. I use DVD studio pro to make my looping dvd’s. I guess it all depends on the speed of your laptop, weather you go that route or not. I just consider a looping dvd a pretty fail safe option.
    I hope this helps.

    Steve Stone

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  • Aharon Rabinowitz

    March 2, 2006 at 6:17 pm

    many DVD players have a setting for looping.

    Or you could design the movie on the DVD to jump back to the beginning and loop, I think. Not absolutely sure – but pretty sure encore can do this.

    Aharon Rabinowitz
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  • ChrisJ955

    March 2, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    Yes I agree also, I do this all the time I have a 24

  • Tam Perl

    March 3, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you all for your input. The clear conclusion from all I’ve heard is that DVD is the way to go. But one aspect of that is not clear to me:

    Is it really important to create the dvd with the loop instruction in the authoring software? The only dvd software I have is iDVD. If NECESSARY I would buy other dvd authoring software (which do you recommend?).

    Would it be okay to make a straight non-looping dvd using iDVD, and then have the dvd player (hardware) make it loop. I was looking at a Pioneer DVD-V5000 player, which has a feature for disc loop.

    Thanks again,

  • Alexander Lucas

    June 15, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    Depends partly on the equipment you can get for your booth. And how many monitors it needs to show on at once.

    In the few shows we have done I have done a couple different things.

    1.) Use a laptop and loop it from Quicktime.
    2.) Author a DVD which self-loops.
    3.) Use a DVD player which allows you to loop specific timecodes.

    DVD will probably be the least worry once on show site, since running from a computer you always have to worry about screensavers, sleep settings, and background programs which might be running. But if you burn to DVD you will be compressing for a Standard definition screen, while your image might begin as something larger than 720×480.

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