Dreamweaver CS4 Getting Started
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The widespread use of video online means that adding video to your website is becoming an increasingly more common task. Delivering video through the Flash player has become the industry standard for online video, but what if you don't have Flash, or have never used Flash? Well, Dreamweaver makes it easy to add video to your page without having to handle any Flash development on your own. So here I have a page, videos.htm, that's obviously going to be showcasing some video content for our client. So I will place the cursor where I want to insert my video.
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James Williamson provides a practical introduction to Adobe's do-it-all web design and development tool in Dreamweaver CS4 Getting Started. He shows how to generate standards-compliant XHTML and CSS, as well as rock-solid PHP, ColdFusion, ASP, AJAX, and more, using Dreamweaver's developer-friendly Code view and WYSIWYG Design view. From creating basic page layouts to embedding multimedia, James shares techniques for publishing a finished site quickly and efficiently. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Defining and structuring new sites
  • Adding and styling text, images, video, Flash, and more
  • Previewing work in progress using multiple browsers
  • Integrating assets from other CS4 applications
  • Uploading and managing finished sites
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
James Williamson

Adding multimedia

The widespread use of video online means that adding video to your website is becoming an increasingly more common task. Delivering video through the Flash player has become the industry standard for online video, but what if you don't have Flash, or have never used Flash? Well, Dreamweaver makes it easy to add video to your page without having to handle any Flash development on your own. So here I have a page, videos.htm, that's obviously going to be showcasing some video content for our client. So I will place the cursor where I want to insert my video.

I'm going to go up to Insert > Media. Now, FLV is the file format for delivering video in Flash. What if you don't have any FLV files? Well, if you have the Creative Suite Web Edition or the Master Collection, it comes with the Flash Media Encoder. It can take any video file that you have, whether it's QuickTime, MPEG, Windows Media, whatever, and it converts it to an FLV in a single click. So we are going to say Insert > Media > FLV and that brings up the Insert FLV dialog box. So we're going to do a Progressive Download Video, that is the default, and we're just going to browse for our FLV file.

So I will go in the source folder, and we have a FLV file already in here called surfing_short. So we are going to select that and click OK. Now, I have to choose the skin I want for the video player. We have a choice of three skins: Clear, Corona, or Halo. Each time you select one, you will get a little preview of what that skin is going to look like underneath it. So you can go ahead and choose any skin that you want. I'm going to choose this skin because it gives me a progress and seek bar, and since I have some audio in my video, it also gives me a Mute button and a volume control. So again, things that I don't have to do.

I can choose Detect Size. It will go out and look at the video, determine what size the video player needs to be. Then I can choose whether I want to automatically play or automatically rewind, and I will leave those blank. I will go ahead and click OK, and now the video is on my page. And it really is that simple. So if I save the page, notice that Dreamweaver is informing me that we have an external SWF file and an external JavaScript file that's going to be added to our site and that's going to be necessary for the playback of this video. So I am just going to go click OK, and now I am going to preview that in my browser. Again, as I preview it, there is my video. If I click Play, the video plays. Notice we have a seek bar, so we can seek along the video. We can mute it, we can turn the video back on, we can pause, play, or stop the video.

So all our controls work and again, Dreamweaver handled all that for us so we didn't have to do any scripting work. So let's move back into Dreamweaver. Now, placing video on the page is simple enough, but let's take a moment to see what Dreamweaver did behind the scenes, and it did all of this so that you don't have to. If I look over at my Files panel, there are two things that I didn't have here before. I have got the Corona_Skin_3.swf and the FLVPlayer_Progressive.swf. These are Flash files that control the skin of the video player that we are using. We also notice a brand new folder that we didn't have before called Scripts. If I look inside that, that includes the expressInstall.swf and the swfobject_modified JavaScript file that Dreamweaver informed us about earlier.

So those are all files necessary behind the scenes and I would need to make sure that those are uploaded to my site to make sure my video is going to work properly. Dreamweaver simplifies the process of delivering video online by offering powerful, customizable, integrated Flash controls and handling all the scripting and file generation necessary for you. All that you need to worry about is making sure that your video is the quality and file size required for your targeted audience. Dreamweaver handles the rest.

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