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Encoding Flash video

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Video: Encoding Flash video

One of the most transformative events in the history of the web has been the introduction of video through Flash. Flash changed the nature of video online almost overnight. The ease at which Flash allows video to be created and deployed over the web is directly responsible for the recent explosion of online video. In showing how committed they are at easing the delivery of online video, Adobe has given Dreamweaver the capability to insert Flash video or FLV files directly into your site, even if you don't own or even understand Flash itself.

Encoding Flash video

One of the most transformative events in the history of the web has been the introduction of video through Flash. Flash changed the nature of video online almost overnight. The ease at which Flash allows video to be created and deployed over the web is directly responsible for the recent explosion of online video. In showing how committed they are at easing the delivery of online video, Adobe has given Dreamweaver the capability to insert Flash video or FLV files directly into your site, even if you don't own or even understand Flash itself.

Before we start using Flash video on our site, it's worth discussing how those FLV files are created. Almost every video creation and editing tool now has the capability of exporting FLV files. So if you're a video editor, you should be able to create FLV files from your favorite source editing program. If you're not, Adobe ships the Adobe Media Encoder with many versions of the Creative Suite and Flash. If you don't have it, you can download a free 30-day trial at adobe.com.

We need to create two FLV files from one large QuickTime movie source file. We'll use the Media Encoder to create the files at the right quality for our site, and trim one into a shorter segment. So I've launched the Adobe Media Encoder and this program actually has a very deceptively easy interface. The reason I say that is if all you want to do is encode some movies, it's amazingly easy to just add files to the queue, hit Go and be done with it. But this application has a wealth of features just under the surface and we're going to take a look at a couple of those.

So I'm going to right over here to the Add button, click on that and find the source file for my FLV file. So we want to go to the 15_04 _ assets directory and I'm going to find this podcast_teaser.mov. I'm going to click Open and we've added that one to the queue. Now if that was found with the default settings, I could just go ahead and click Start Queue and it would create my files for me. However, you do want to very carefully inspect what's going on here. Notice for example that our preset is actually going to create an F4V file.

Well, that's the new media format for Flash Media and it supports the high definition encoding. Now that's certainly above and beyond what we need for ours and it's not as comparable with some of the older Flash Players. So I'm going to grab the pulldown menu for Preset and I notice that I have a ton of F4V presets, and some FLV presets just below that. For my FLV presets, I'm going to choose Web Large NTSC Source (Flash 8 and Higher). So these presets give you an idea as to which version of the Flash Player you're targeting. I'm going to go ahead and choose Web Large, and now I can see that I have an output file.

Now if you click this, you not only get to name the file, but you get to choose the directory for it as well. So go ahead and click the output file, and inside the 15_04 folder, find the _video directory, and I'm going to click this one podcast_teaser_LG for large. I'm going to click Save and again if I'm ready to go, I could just start to queue at this point. Now let's say I do need the separate version of this, maybe one that is shorter in length and maybe a lower file quality. Perhaps you needed a lower file size on a particular FLV file, or maybe you just need a shorter segment.

It's not uncommon to have to create several different FLV files out of the same source file. Rather than adding it to the queue again, notice that we can highlight this one and we can just choose Duplicate. When we do that, we get another entry in the queue and it starts off with exactly the same settings. So I can click the output file, and this time I'm going to change the name to _MD for medium .flv and Save. Now I've mentioned the fact that I need some slightly different settings here. So I can also grab the preset and this time, choose Web Medium.

Now I didn't see anything here on our presets about shortening the length or customizing our video at all. So I'm going to go to this preset and instead of just grabbing the pulldown menu, I'm going to click this link. When I do that, I get an entirely different interface and this one is incredibly robust. Now it would take us a lot longer than we have in this particular video to go over every signal setting here. So I want to hit some of the high points for you. One of the things that we can do over here in the upper left-hand corner is shorten our movie. So we can change the endpoints and we can change the out points of our movie.

So if I wanted to make this movie about half the size that it was before, just as a teaser clip, I could go ahead and choose exactly where to end that movie. The other thing that I could do is check all of my settings. I could check the encoding settings that I was using, the file type and in this case, if I click on the Video tab, I can see that that default settings is going to resize that video. I don't want that. So I'm going to uncheck that and make sure it's using the source size. I'm going to click OK and that's going to be kind of concern. I need to go up to my other preset, click on that and check my Video format as well.

I see that one is resizing too. So don't take any of that stuff for granted. I'm going to uncheck that so that I get source size, click OK, and now I'm ready to go. So once you have all of your settings, you can just click the Start Queue button and it's going to go ahead and begin to encode those movies. As your movies are encoded, you'll see a preview down here other than the movie itself and you'll get a progress bar that lets you know how far long it is. It moves surprisingly quick, especially on faster machines. But if you're queuing up a lot of videos or some really big videos, you may want to make sure you have a little bit of time to kill as you're waiting for these videos to encode.

Now once the Media Encoder is finished, I'm going to go ahead and close it. I'm going to go back in the Dreamweaver, and I want to open up that _video folder and when I do that I can see right there are my two FLV files, large and medium, and now those are ready to be used in my site. The Flash Media Encoder is an amazingly powerful tool. But it's simple enough to use and comes with enough presets to deliver high-quality video regardless of your experience level. Now that we have our FLV files, we're going to tackle integrating that video into our site in the next movie.

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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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