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Setting Up Tracks with Alternate Languages

In Chapter 4, you saw how viewers can switch between languages in movies containing alternate versions of certain tracks. In addition, when a movie contains alternate tracks in different languages, the matching track plays automatically when the user is running an operating-system version that matches one of the languages.

In the next few pages, we'll show you how to create these alternate-language tracks.

You can use any set of tracks as alternate-language tracks, although you typically do this for sound and text tracks.

To set up alternate-language tracks:

  1. Specify the language for each track (see "Specifying a Language for a Track" next in this chapter).

  2. Designate the tracks as alternates (see "Designating a Set of Alternate Tracks" later in this chapter).

    After you've taken these steps, you'll see that the Choose Language command is available in the Movie menu.

Alternate Languages on the Web

If you're preparing movies for the Web and want to deliver different media depending on the user's preferred language, you'll use alternate movies rather than alternate tracks. For details, see "Creating Alternate Movies" in Chapter 20.

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