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davidh
June 25th, 2005, 03:59 PM
I don't even have an avatar or profile picture yet. So maybe this is just an academic question. But here goes.

1. Could a sound clip be made into a profile picture?

2. Would 64KB be the max size of sound clip allowed?

3. If such a thing would be possible, what audio format would be preferable?

My "theory" would be that one could look at someone's profile and click on the link to the "picture" file and hear the clip play provided that one had the correct audio player installed as a plug-in in one's browser.

David H.

Judy G. Russell
June 25th, 2005, 06:39 PM
I have no idea. Try it and see!

davidh
July 24th, 2005, 04:54 PM
Well, avatars have to be GIF, JPG, or PNG. I found that out when I tried to make a WAV file be my avatar.

The only other thing I can figure out would be to put a link to a sound file in place of the link to one's web site.

David H.

Lindsey
July 24th, 2005, 05:10 PM
Frankly, I'm rather glad a sound file can't be made into an avatar. I would want to strangle someone who forced my PC to play something every time one of his messages came up.

--Lindsey

Judy G. Russell
July 24th, 2005, 05:22 PM
The only other thing I can figure out would be to put a link to a sound file in place of the link to one's web site.
That's a more polite way of handling things since it doesn't force people to listen to things they don't want to listen to. Except for maybe church web sites (and frankly I wouldn't even do it there), it's generally not desirable to have music or noises or sounds come on automatically.

davidh
July 24th, 2005, 05:54 PM
it's generally not desirable to have music or noises or sounds come on automatically.

Agreed.

I had thought that it might make sense to have an icon one could click appearing on a message one wrote, and a recorded greeting would play when one clicked it.

I wonder if one had an image of a recorded waveform as a "profile picture", are there any browser plug-ins that could take that graphic and reproduce something like the original sound from it? Just curious. I'm sure there would be better ways to play music or sound bytes.

David H.

Judy G. Russell
July 24th, 2005, 09:26 PM
I wonder if one had an image of a recorded waveform as a "profile picture", are there any browser plug-ins that could take that graphic and reproduce something like the original sound from it?
Beyond my level of technical expertise, I'm afraid.

Lindsey
July 24th, 2005, 09:53 PM
Beyond my level of technical expertise, I'm afraid.
I sure don't know of anything like that. I suspect that if something like that exists, it would be MOLTO expensive.

--Lindsey

davidh
July 24th, 2005, 10:08 PM
Found an article on voice synthesis:

http://emusician.com/tutorials/emusic_voices_machine/

I skimmed it a little. Looked interesting. That'll be my "contribution" to blind screen readers, etc. for now.

David H.