Mystery Star Wars Trailer for Mac Heads
by Derrick Story
Why does anyone care about Star Wars trailers on the Net?
Even if you're not a fan of the current trilogy, the Star Wars clips represent some of the finest QuickTime available on the Web. I use trailers as benchmarks to remind me what is possible, and compare other works to them.
The current "standard" trailer, "Breathing", is available from the Star Wars site hosted by Apple. It's a quality trailer, but there's not much story there ... just a series of scenes.
A couple days ago, scuttlebutt about a new Star Wars teaser that's only playable on Macs was making the rounds. The 1:18 minute, 12.8 MB download requires QT5. I tested the "Mystery" on a Win98 ThinkPad and a Mac OS X PowerBook. The verdict? It wouldn't play on my QT5-enabled ThinkPad, but worked perfectly on the Mac. It's a darn good trailer too with lots of story elements.
I've also heard about a third trailer that's available through Morpheus, but I haven't seen it yet. If you have, let me know what you think.
... Oh, here comes my boss; I'd better switch back over to the text editor now ...
Seems like there are three Star Wars trailers circulating on the Net right now. Do you know of any others?
The "Mystery" trailer was intended by Lucas to be a perk for people who bought the DVD set. If you have the DVD in your computer, and head to dvd.starwars.com, you can see it.
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