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Macromind Director on Legacy Macs

Posted on 2004-10-06
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I work for a small museum that needs to run from one to six video clips on legacy (cheap) Macs. To disallow the kids access to the computer itself we have connected kid-proof buttons to solenoids which will push function keys. The idea is simple: #1 Button push>solenoid>F-key>#1 video clip>etc.
The obvious but more expensive solution, fully interactive trackpad and web based kiosk software is being saved for those stations where it is the only solution. I need to confirm that MM Director will do this, and discuss acceptable hardware.
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Sounds like it shouldnt be a problem. Director should be able to handle that just fine. Acceptable hardware depends on the size and bitrate of the videos. Whatever the minimal machine is that can play the videos smoothly, is what you need.
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Weed,
Thanks for your comment. I was beginning to think that the fourteen other Mac users out there had all migrated to OSX 10.3 on dual processor G5's.

I am trying to use 5 year old kiosking technology in a museum setting because everything is cheaper, the software, the hardware, and there shouldn't be many problems left unsolved. Instead, I feel like a pioneer on the bleeding edge. I can't find answers to questions that should be old hat.

Enough whining...

In a world where everything is a variable, video pixel dimensions, color, audio, video compression scheme and rate, computer video card and vram, CPU and speed, presentation shell and all the rest of it, I'm trying to find an anchor answer to build decisions around. I have been told by the guys at Small Dog that a 400MHZ G3 is basically the bottom end of the video capable Mac processors. I'm trying to push the per-station hardware costs below $500 so this is a fairly crucial question to which I need a reliable answer. I believe you are correct on Director. I bought new software several versions back on E-Bay and it looks like it will work, though I have little time to climb the learning curve. Thanks.

I would be happy to accept an answer that even pushed me in the right direction on the hardware and video issues. And I will confess, I think it is probably worth the effort to stay on the Mac side of the fence. Thanks again.
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That bottom end sounds high but that depends on your video. Given that you could find a G3 400 WAY cheap, you might as well go that route. The stock video card should be just fine. If you plan on using OS 9 just be sure you get a version of Director thatll work on 9. You could take a G3 400 to OS X for some extra stability but be prepared to add extra ram.
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