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Flash CS4 Professional Audio Techniques
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Flash CS4 Professional Audio Techniques

with Todd Perkins

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(Music plays.) Welcome to Flash CS4 Professional Audio Techniques. I am Todd Perkins and I will be walking you through this title, teaching you how to use object-oriented programming techniques to manipulate audio in Flash Player. We will look at how to load external sound files, how to control their playback. We'll work with building an XML playlist, controlling sound volume, sound progress and we will even talk about how to share your application over the web.

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Watch the Online Video Course Flash CS4 Professional Audio Techniques
2h 18m Intermediate Aug 18, 2009

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Flash CS4 Professional Audio Techniques shows how integrating audio into Flash projects can create a more engaging and interesting viewer experience. Instructor Todd Perkins dives deep into the details of manipulating audio in Flash using ActionScript 3.0. He demonstrates how to monitor a song's playback progress, display this information for viewers, and create a viewable playlist for multiple songs using XML data. Through the course of the tutorials, Todd creates an audio player for the web, complete with sharing capabilities. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Playing and pausing audio in a created player class
  • Controlling audio progress and showing it in a text field
  • Loading XML playlist data into the final player
  • Animating a volume slider and using effects to add depth
  • Making Flash applications sharable
  • Viewing the finished player and taking it for a spin
Subjects:
Audio + Music Web Projects
Software:
Flash Professional
Author:
Todd Perkins

Welcome

(Music plays.) Welcome to Flash CS4 Professional Audio Techniques. I am Todd Perkins and I will be walking you through this title, teaching you how to use object-oriented programming techniques to manipulate audio in Flash Player. We will look at how to load external sound files, how to control their playback. We'll work with building an XML playlist, controlling sound volume, sound progress and we will even talk about how to share your application over the web.

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Q: I am having trouble getting the exercise files to work for this title. For example, when I drag the progress bar of a song to another location on the slider, the movieclip always jumps back to the beginning and the song starts over.  What could be causing this error?
A: An update to Flash since the time of recording broke this functionality. The problem appears to happen when Flash compiles the SWF in Flash Player 10. If you change your publish settings to Flash Player 9 instead, you won't see any problems.
 
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