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Flash CS3 Interactive Video Techniques
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Flash CS3 Interactive Video Techniques

with Chris Florio

Video: Welcome

Hi. My name is Chris Florio and I'd like to welcome you to this Flash Video Essential Training series from Lynda.com. The main goal of this series is to show you how to integrate video into Flash projects such as Flash-based websites and stand alone applications. We'll start with the video tools in Flash CS3 that require no programming and progress into ways that video can be customized and controlled with ActionScript. In this title, we'll cover everything you need to know to play and control multiple video files in a Flash application, create and customize controls and skins for your video player and have your video files begin to interact with your other Flash-based content.
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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
      34s
    2. Prerequisites
      1m 26s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 6m 51s
    1. The benefits of Flash video
      1m 33s
    2. The FLV format and how it works with Flash
      1m 8s
    3. The history of video in Flash and version issues
      2m 52s
    4. Supported file formats for converting to Flash video
      1m 18s
  3. 18m 45s
    1. Checking the size and frame rate of imported video
      1m 48s
    2. Embedded video vs. progressive download
      2m 59s
    3. When to use Flash Media Server
      3m 9s
    4. Using Flash video presets
      2m 7s
    5. Choosing compression settings
      3m 15s
    6. Adding embedded cue points
      2m 18s
    7. Choosing video controls with prebuilt skins
      1m 25s
    8. Files for playing back Flash video
      1m 44s
  4. 4m 8s
    1. The Flash Video Encoder
      2m 5s
    2. After Effects CS3 and other video applications
      1m 8s
    3. Sorenson Squeeze and Flix
      55s
  5. 17m 50s
    1. Creating instances of the FLVPlayback component
      3m 35s
    2. FLVPlayback parameters
      4m 25s
    3. Adding FLV instances with ActionScript
      3m 3s
    4. Setting FLV parameters with ActionScript
      2m 45s
    5. Using the List component to select from multiple video files
      4m 2s
  6. 20m 20s
    1. Three ways to create custom controls
      38s
    2. Customizing the built-in skins
      4m 59s
    3. Using the FLV UI components
      2m 21s
    4. Controlling multiple FLVPlayback components
      2m 24s
    5. Customizing the UI components
      1m 25s
    6. Creating custom controls from scratch
      8m 33s
  7. 16m 43s
    1. Three classes for Flash video
      1m 28s
    2. The NetConnection and NetStream classes
      3m 36s
    3. The Video class
      1m 14s
    4. Methods of the NetStream class
      3m 56s
    5. Using multiple instances of a video object
      2m 38s
    6. Accessing NetStream metadata
      3m 51s
  8. 13m 28s
    1. Creating alpha channels with After Effects CS3
      2m 14s
    2. Exporting an FLV file with transparency
      1m 38s
    3. Exporting a QuickTime movie with transparency
      2m 16s
    4. Using video in Flash with an alpha channel
      2m 6s
    5. Masking video in Flash with ActionScript
      2m 25s
    6. Drawing masks in ActionScript 3
      2m 49s
  9. 9m 42s
    1. Embedded vs. ActionScript cue points
      1m 11s
    2. Working with Navigation cue points
      1m 4s
    3. Creating chapter navigation
      3m 3s
    4. Working with Event cue points
      4m 24s
  10. 5m 2s
    1. H.264 and Flash
      1m 37s
    2. Using full-screen video
      2m 33s
    3. Hardware and multiprocessor acceleration
      52s
  11. 1m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      52s
    2. Goodbye
      32s

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Flash CS3 Interactive Video Techniques
1h 57m Intermediate Apr 22, 2008

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Flash has become one of the most popular ways to publish video on the web. It enables rich media experiences, custom playback controls, and top-notch quality. In Flash CS3 Interactive Video Techniques, instructor Chris Florio highlights the tools non-programmers need to add video to projects. He also covers techniques for creating interactive video with ActionScript, including how to use cue points, dynamic masks, and custom controls. Flash CS3 Interactive Video Techniques makes integrating video a snap for everyone from novice Flash users wanting to know supported file formats to advanced Flash developers looking to create masking videos. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Using video in Flash with an alpha channel Working with hardware and multiprocessor acceleration Creating custom controls in three different ways Setting FLV parameters with ActionScript Understanding the difference between embedded video and progressive download Accessing NetStream metadata
Subjects:
Video Web Video
Software:
Flash Professional
Author:
Chris Florio

Welcome

Hi. My name is Chris Florio and I'd like to welcome you to this Flash Video Essential Training series from Lynda.com. The main goal of this series is to show you how to integrate video into Flash projects such as Flash-based websites and stand alone applications. We'll start with the video tools in Flash CS3 that require no programming and progress into ways that video can be customized and controlled with ActionScript. In this title, we'll cover everything you need to know to play and control multiple video files in a Flash application, create and customize controls and skins for your video player and have your video files begin to interact with your other Flash-based content.

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Q: Chapter 5 videos have action script errors when trying to play them. What is causing this?
A: When adding a video from the library to the Stage, for some reason Flash forgets the file link.
To solve this, follow these steps:
  1. Click on the video on the Stage (after bringing it in from the library)
  2. Go to the Parameters tab down at the bottom (if it is not there, reveal the tab by going to Window > Properties > Parameters).
  3. Go to contentPath and click on the magnifying glass symbol to link to the local file the computer.
The file path names for the embedded FLVs are mangled. Changing the path to the correct link (the files are in the exercise files folder) solves the issue.
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