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One of the primary strengths of Macromedia Director is the various media types it can combine in any application. Director can utilize most any standard graphic format, audio format, and almost every popular video technology on the market. If there is not a current media type supported Director can easily extend its feature set with an Xtra, making it infinitely expandable. This allows for amazing flexibility, but all these different formats can create some authoring hassles. Video formats vary in capabilities, quality, and size. There is no one universal format that seems to outweigh all others for every use. Flash video is wonderful for Web delivery, and for smaller files. If you need a perfect quality video for a kiosk MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 may suit your needs. QuickTime is great for CD delivery, but there is always the hassle of having to install applications on the... (more)