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Adding Flash video

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Video: Adding Flash video

Once you have your FLV files, adding Flash video to your site is literally one click away. When adding an FLV to your site, Dreamweaver presents you with options on how your video player should look and operate. Although these options are limited when compared to developing video within Flash, I think you'll find them surprisingly powerful and adequate for most of your video delivery needs. So I have the index page opened in the 15_05 folder. And if I scroll down, I can see that I have an area right down here where our monthly podcast teaser video needs to go.

Adding Flash video

Once you have your FLV files, adding Flash video to your site is literally one click away. When adding an FLV to your site, Dreamweaver presents you with options on how your video player should look and operate. Although these options are limited when compared to developing video within Flash, I think you'll find them surprisingly powerful and adequate for most of your video delivery needs. So I have the index page opened in the 15_05 folder. And if I scroll down, I can see that I have an area right down here where our monthly podcast teaser video needs to go.

So I'm going to click right in that empty spot between the headline and the body copy, and I'm going to inset our FLV file on the page. Again, there's a couple of different ways that I can do this. I can go to Insert > Media > FLV. Or if I go up to my Common objects, I can go to Media > FLV. So either way. I'm going to go ahead and choose to insert the FLV on the page, and when I do, I get a dialog box from Dreamweaver where I can set the properties for my Flash video. Now you get two choices between video type.

Progressive Download or Streaming Video. Unless you're using the Flash Media Server or have a hosting service that is going to be streaming video for you, you're probably going to be doing Progressive Download. Progressive Download is going to playback a video that's hosted on your server, but it isn't necessarily streaming. It is the most common form of Flash video delivery. I'm going to choose Progressive Download and for the URL, I'm just going to browse for the source. So I'm going to browse to the 15_05 folder, go in our _video directory, and of the two, I'm going to use the large movie.

So podcast_teaser_large. I'm going to click OK, and at this point Dreamweaver is going to give us a couple of other options about controls that we can use, how those control should look and behave, and one of the first things I want to do is detect the size of this movie. So I'm going to click Detect Size. That way it gives me a width and a height, and you'll notice that if I grab the pulldown menu, several of the skins have a minimum width that your video needs to be. Now our video is 480 pixels so we can really choose any skin that we want.

Now in reality, even it looks like you have 9 skins but in reality you have 3. There's the Clear Skin, which is a transparent skin that goes right over the movie. You have the Corona Skin, which is a slightly different interface look. And then you have the Halo Skin. Now between these three, you can usually find one that looks pretty good with your site. I'm going to choose the Halo Skin 3. That's going to give me a play button, pause button, a stop button, a seek bar, a mute button, and a volume bar. So that's pretty much the whole kitchen sink of your controls.

Notice that these other versions don't have as many controls, so you can choose one based upon the amount of controls you need for your movie. We also have an Auto play feature and Auto rewind. Auto play obviously would start playing the video as soon as it loads. I'm not a big fan of that, because especially for video like this where it's down the page a little bit, a lot of times the audio will start playing and somebody will wonder what's going on. They'll miss that impact of the movie. I prefer to let my users control when the video starts. Auto rewind means that when the movie is done, it'll rewind to the first frame of the movie.

I'm going to go ahead and click OK. It's going to insert the movie on the page. Now unfortunately I can't preview this within Flash. So what I'm going to do is save the file and had we not already integrated Flash into our site, we would have been prompted to go ahead and add the Express Install and the external JavaScript file to our site. Okay, I'm going to go ahead and preview that in Firefox. And as I do that I'm going to scroll down, and there is my video with my video controls. I can press Play. (Music playing) And notice that I can adjust the audio.

The seek bar is working fine. I have a mute, and I have my Pause and my Play buttons. I can seek and I've there my Stop button. So my video is working perfectly. Now I want to encourage you to experiment with some of the other video player settings. Choose a few of the other skins and see how they might fit your site's design. Flash video integration in Dreamweaver removes any barriers you might have had in delivering video to your audience. Obviously, bandwidth, audience and overall site goals have a lot to say about whether your site really should feature video.

However, if video is right for your site, Dreamweaver makes it incredibly easy to implement.

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  1. 2m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
  2. 7m 50s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      3m 16s
    2. Learning web design
      2m 22s
    3. Current web standards
      2m 12s
  3. 43m 9s
    1. The Welcome screen
      4m 5s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 23s
    3. The Application toolbar
      4m 7s
    4. The Document toolbar
      4m 40s
    5. Arranging panels
      8m 19s
    6. Managing workspaces
      7m 32s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      5m 54s
    8. The Insert panel
      6m 9s
  4. 25m 45s
    1. Basic site structure
      3m 11s
    2. File naming conventions
      1m 49s
    3. Defining a new site
      4m 35s
    4. Managing sites
      4m 51s
    5. Managing files and folders
      6m 36s
    6. Working with browsers
      4m 43s
  5. 27m 21s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 16s
    2. New document preferences
      3m 6s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      4m 56s
    4. Working with starter pages
      3m 46s
    5. Managing starter pages
      10m 17s
  6. 30m 2s
    1. Basic tag structure
      2m 15s
    2. Adding structure to text
      8m 20s
    3. Creating lists
      9m 59s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      5m 59s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 29s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding style sheets
      2m 16s
    2. The anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 48s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      6m 36s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      10m 2s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      5m 14s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      7m 21s
    7. Using CSS Enable
      6m 45s
    8. Understanding element selectors
      8m 11s
    9. Understanding class selectors
      8m 49s
    10. Understanding ID selectors
      5m 59s
    11. Understanding descendant selectors
      6m 51s
    12. Attaching external style sheets
      7m 44s
  8. 1h 47m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      7m 11s
    2. Declaring font families
      9m 39s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      9m 9s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      8m 0s
    5. Controlling line height
      8m 29s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      12m 3s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      5m 39s
    8. Aligning text
      8m 26s
    9. Transforming text
      5m 36s
    10. Writing global styles
      15m 42s
    11. Writing targeted styles
      17m 37s
  9. 1h 32m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 3s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      12m 51s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      4m 20s
    4. Setting external image editing preferences
      3m 52s
    5. Placing images on the page
      7m 37s
    6. Photoshop integration
      5m 54s
    7. Modifying Smart Objects
      5m 51s
    8. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      8m 8s
    9. Modifying image properties
      11m 14s
    10. Styling images with CSS
      7m 11s
    11. Using background graphics
      9m 3s
    12. Positioning background graphics
      11m 6s
  10. 55m 16s
    1. Link basics
      3m 37s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 14s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      11m 1s
    4. Absolute links
      5m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      11m 19s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 44s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 24s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      13m 49s
  11. 1h 34m
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 56s
    2. The Box Model
      13m 21s
    3. Understanding floats
      6m 53s
    4. Clearing and containing floats
      8m 56s
    5. Using relative positioning
      4m 8s
    6. Using absolute positioning
      7m 18s
    7. Creating structure with div tags
      12m 7s
    8. Styling basic structure
      10m 34s
    9. Creating a two-column layout
      10m 37s
    10. Using Live View and CSS Inspect
      7m 51s
    11. Using Browser Lab
      9m 39s
  12. 56m 22s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      7m 41s
    2. Importing tabular data
      5m 13s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      9m 56s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      4m 0s
    5. Basic table styling
      8m 45s
    6. Styling table headers
      7m 52s
    7. Styling column groups
      4m 22s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      5m 1s
    9. Styling table captions
      3m 32s
  13. 1h 43m
    1. How forms work
      3m 0s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 2s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      7m 33s
    4. Setting form properties
      4m 6s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      4m 32s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 58s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      5m 26s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      7m 50s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      6m 22s
    10. Inserting text areas
      4m 12s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      3m 37s
    12. Basic form styling
      12m 0s
    13. Form element styling
      8m 52s
    14. Styling form layout
      11m 49s
    15. Adding form interactivity
      2m 47s
    16. Using Spry validation widgets
      12m 49s
  14. 1h 23m
    1. Planning for templates
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a new template
      10m 37s
    3. Using editable attributes
      13m 43s
    4. Creating optional regions
      6m 23s
    5. Creating new pages from a template
      9m 17s
    6. Applying templates to existing pages
      6m 9s
    7. Working with nested templates
      7m 56s
    8. Working with repeating regions
      12m 58s
    9. Modifying templates
      5m 41s
  15. 40m 14s
    1. Behaviors overview
      3m 47s
    2. Hiding and showing elements
      9m 18s
    3. Spry overview
      4m 4s
    4. Using Spry widgets
      11m 36s
    5. Adding Spry effects
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Widget Browser
      8m 23s
  16. 28m 18s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      5m 4s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      6m 27s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      6m 6s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 10s
    5. Adding Flash video
      4m 31s
  17. 45m 28s
    1. Running site-wide reports
      6m 33s
    2. Checking for broken links
      5m 41s
    3. Checking for browser compatibility
      8m 3s
    4. Adding remote servers
      8m 0s
    5. Uploading files
      7m 20s
    6. Managing remote sites
      9m 51s
  18. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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