Chroma was authored
using Macromedia Director and is delivered to the Web via the Shockwave
plug-in. The piece is built on a custom Director-based multimedia
engine called "Mneme" which handles the complex animation
and synchronization tasks required for each chapter.
Most of Chroma's animation is algorithmic; that is, generated dynamically
by the program code. In this way, the visuals can be as responsive
as possible to the user's actions without increasing the download
time of the chapters. As a result, Chroma delivers more experience
per kilobyte downloaded than the typical Web site.
The visual design of Chroma was developed using Adobe Illustrator
and Adobe Photoshop, with some complex vector elements being converted
to Macromedia Flash format for inclusion in the various Director movies.
Chroma's voice-overs were recorded on a DigiDesign ProTools system,
and the final musical score was recorded and mixed with Steinberg's
Cubase software in conjunction with a Mark of the Unicorn 2408 mkII
audio interface. Streaming Audio was compressed into the Shockwave
format using SoundEd.