Fractal eXtreme Movie Player Plug-in Help
If you wish to view a web page containing Fractal eXtreme zoom movies you first need to install the plug-in. Then read the rest of this page if you need any help in using the plug-in.
We also have information for people interested in writing web pages that use the Fractal eXtreme Zoom Player plug-in.
The Zoom Movie plug-in allows fractal zoom movies to be efficiently played within a web page. To create your own fractal zoom movies suitable for publishing on the web, or playing on your desktop, you can download a free trial version of Fractal eXtreme, probably the fastest, funnest, and easiest to use fractal exploration program available for Windows. We hope you'll try it, like it, and buy it.
There are three types of controls for the zoom movie plug-in:
Popup menu commands
Many of the commands in the popup menu have keyboard shortcuts, which are listed in the popup menu. There are also some commands which are only available from the keyboard. If the movie player seems to be ignoring your keyboard commands, click on the movie to ensure that it is selected. For more information on these keyboard shortcuts, see the popup menu documentation.
The complete list of keyboard shortcuts is:
If your browser seems to be having trouble loading a movie, or moving to another web page while a zoom movie is playing, it is probably because the playing of the zoom movie is taking up too much CPU time. We've tried to write the movie player to be as good a sharer as possible, but displaying zoom movies is CPU intensive work. If you have this problem, use the popup menu to pause movie playback so that your web browser gets enough CPU time to finish its work.
Zoom Movies saved from within the Zoom Movie plug-in use a special compressed format so that they can easily play over the internet. Older versions of the stand alone Fractal eXtreme Zoom Movie Player cannot play these movies. You may need to visit our downloads page to get the latest version if you want to play these movies with the stand alone movie player.
Did you know? Once you have installed the movie player plug-in you can use it and your web browser to look at zoom movies you have stored on your hard drive. You don't even need to create web pages for them! Just use the 'Open File' command (.fxz files should be one of the types in the filter list) and select one of your zoom movies!
To practise your newfound knowledge you can take a look at some of the
demo pages using the movie player plug-in.