[Pro] Delay in Sound FX Action

I have some Sound FX action buttons, when clicked play a preview sound track.

They are suffering from a delay before playing. The reason is the clients internet connection is not a good as it could be.

Is there anything I can do to have a please wait comment or spinning gif to appear when the sound FX action button is clicked?


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Not really, not without using Flash to do your playback. The Sound FX
effect uses JavaScript to load the sound file once you click on the
trigger element. This file cannot be preloaded or cached on your
computer. So the delay is the initial download time. The only way you
can fix this is to make the sound file as tiny as possible.

Walter

On Jul 30, 2009, at 10:58 AM, WebWorker wrote:

I have some Sound FX action buttons, when clicked play a preview
sound track.

They are suffering from a delay before playing.


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Is there no way of triggering a rollover on the same button for a spinning gif of something?


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You could try that, make your button, apply Sound FX to it, then group another image with your sound button, and apply Rollover to the group. Set the second image to appear on click, and the first image to be visible in normal, mouseover, and click. It seems to work here.

Walter


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You could try a .gif that displays a “wait for sound” message for a
short period and then fades to transparent. You won’t match timing,
but at least the viewer will know something’s coming.

Colin

On 30 Jul 2009, at 18:16, WebWorker wrote:

Is there no way of triggering a rollover on the same button for a
spinning gif of something?


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On 30 Jul 2009, 5:09 pm, waltd wrote:

Not really, not without using Flash to do your playback.

I’m doing a music download site for a musician. The issue being they want sound track preview buttons. And lots of them up to 20 per page up to 5mb each.

If I emend the sound in Flash for instant playback, we would have 20 x 5mb flash buttons on every new page view which will slow things up for the first time user let alone server issues if many visit the site. At least the sound FX action sound files are only requested when the user needs them and the page loads very quick.

Its the devil you do or don’t - any advice is welcome to speed things up?


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considering my last comment, I think I would be better keeping the sound clips as sound FX actions rather than large Flash files and notify the user of possible delays because of connection issues?

Does this reasoning seem sound?


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As a really excellent example of this sort of thing take a look at http://www.soundrangers.com. They are actually using Flash for all the little tiny playback buttons that play small sound effect files as previews.


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Thanks

I also found this which might just be the answer.

On 31 Jul 2009, 3:59 pm, chuckamuck wrote:

As a really excellent example of this sort of thing take a look at http://www.soundrangers.com. They are actually using Flash for all the little tiny playback buttons that play small sound effect files as previews.


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