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Creating Flash video files

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Video: Creating Flash video files

To really bring the feel of an interactive tour here online we want to incorporate some video clips of the tour itself inside of this application. In this project called olive_tour_ media I can click on the Picking page and you can see that I've put an image here, but I've also created both Pause and Play Buttons. The intention here is that the image itself is just the placeholder for a video clip that I'm eventually going to put in this location. One of the great things about working with Flash Catalyst is how easy it is to incorporate video into your project, however we need to make sure first that the video is in the correct format.

Creating Flash video files

To really bring the feel of an interactive tour here online we want to incorporate some video clips of the tour itself inside of this application. In this project called olive_tour_ media I can click on the Picking page and you can see that I've put an image here, but I've also created both Pause and Play Buttons. The intention here is that the image itself is just the placeholder for a video clip that I'm eventually going to put in this location. One of the great things about working with Flash Catalyst is how easy it is to incorporate video into your project, however we need to make sure first that the video is in the correct format.

Flash Catalyst has the ability to place Flash Video into a project and they can be either in the formats of FLV or F4V. Chances are any of the video clips that you already have or any video clips that you might get from your client or from anyone of you might hire to shoot them are not going to be in any of those 2 formats. However the good news is Adobe includes a separate utility called Adobe Media Encoder. Using this separate utility you can convert practically any video format into either FLV or F4V necessary for placing them into Flash Catalyst.

You'll launch Adobe Media Encoder just like any other Application. On Windows you'll find it in your Start menu and on a Mac you'll find it in your Applications folder. I'm going to switch over now to Adobe Media Encoder and using it is pretty straightforward. All I need to do is add existing video clips into this window here, or my queue, then I'll specify the settings for how I want that video to be encoded and I'll end up with the correct file that I'll need to use in Flash Catalyst. One of the really nice things to note about Adobe Media Encoder is that it's the same technology used in Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium.

In other words the results that you get with Adobe Media Encoder are the same results that a professional expects to get when they're using tools like After Effects or Premiere Pro. To add a video clip you can either click on the Add Button here or quite simply from my Desktop here I have a folder which is in Chapter 7 of my Exercise Files and it contains a QuickTime video clip. I can simply select this file and drag it into this window in Adobe Media Encoder. You can see that in my queue it tells me the source name, which format I'm going to convert it into and the output file will go into the same folder.

Currently my queue is waiting to start processing. What's really great about Adobe Media Encoder is that I have the ability to actually add multiple video clips, and have them all be encoded in the background while I work on something else. In the pop-up here for Presets you can choose from a variety different Presets. In this case I'm going to choose F4V and Match Source Attributes for Medium Quality. Next I'll click on the Start Queue Button to allow Adobe Media Encoder to convert this now to the proper format.

You can see the status here across the bottom, you can see a preview of the video clip right here, and I can even go back now to Flash Catalyst to continue working while that's happening. This is one of the benefits of having a separate program doing all the encoding for me. If I go back to Adobe Media Encoder I'll see now that that file has been completed and there's a little checkmark here that lets me know it's done. A quick look inside of the folder reveals that in addition to the QuickTime file, I now have a Flash Video file that I can use inside of my Flash Catalyst project.

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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training

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Mordy Golding
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  1. 9m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Key concepts
      4m 33s
    3. When should I use Flash Catalyst?
      2m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 33m 12s
    1. Creating a new project
      5m 14s
    2. Defining components
      6m 26s
    3. Adding pages
      5m 41s
    4. Adding interaction
      6m 20s
    5. Adding transitions
      7m 12s
    6. Publishing options
      2m 19s
  3. 21m 37s
    1. Planning your project
      8m 11s
    2. Starting your project in Illustrator
      4m 9s
    3. Starting your project in Photoshop
      4m 22s
    4. Starting your project in Fireworks
      3m 10s
    5. Starting your project in Flash Catalyst
      1m 45s
  4. 30m 55s
    1. Understanding components
      5m 14s
    2. Creating a button component
      7m 10s
    3. Creating a checkbox component
      3m 55s
    4. Creating a radio button component
      5m 10s
    5. Creating a toggle button component
      2m 4s
    6. Creating a text input component
      1m 35s
    7. Creating horizontal and vertical slider components
      2m 46s
    8. Creating horizontal and vertical scrollbar components
      3m 1s
  5. 31m 55s
    1. Using the drawing and selection tools
      5m 52s
    2. Setting object properties
      4m 48s
    3. Importing artwork
      2m 27s
    4. Editing artwork in Illustrator
      6m 29s
    5. Editing artwork in Photoshop
      4m 27s
    6. Working with text
      3m 39s
    7. Optimizing artwork
      4m 13s
  6. 28m 56s
    1. Understanding pages and layers
      9m 50s
    2. Editing pages and states
      7m 24s
    3. Using grids, guides, and rulers
      1m 40s
    4. Aligning and arranging objects
      2m 27s
    5. Moving elements between pages and states
      4m 33s
    6. Using the Library panel
      3m 2s
  7. 54m 43s
    1. Understanding interaction types
      8m 24s
    2. Creating conditional interactions
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding the timeline
      7m 40s
    4. Creating smooth transitions
      7m 44s
    5. Defining Move transitions
      3m 33s
    6. Defining Resize transitions
      3m 53s
    7. Defining Rotate transitions
      2m 53s
    8. Defining Rotate 3D transitions
      3m 35s
    9. Adjusting basic timing
      5m 57s
    10. Creating an action sequence
      7m 58s
  8. 18m 11s
    1. Creating Flash video files
      3m 32s
    2. Placing video into a project
      3m 51s
    3. Controlling video playback
      3m 51s
    4. Adding sound effects
      3m 17s
    5. Integrating Flash content
      3m 40s
  9. 25m 53s
    1. Using a Data List to define repeating elements
      4m 11s
    2. Creating a basic Data List pt. 1: Building the components
      5m 31s
    3. Creating a basic Data List pt. 2: Adding the data
      3m 8s
    4. Planning a complex Data List
      1m 57s
    5. Creating a complex Data List pt. 1: Building the components
      6m 33s
    6. Creating a complex Data List pt. 2: Adding the data
      4m 33s
  10. 12m 14s
    1. Publishing an SWF file to view locally or offline
      2m 30s
    2. Publishing an SWF files to upload to the web
      2m 35s
    3. Integrating an SWF file into a web page with Dreamweaver
      2m 25s
    4. Integrating an SWF file into a web page with an HTML text editor
      2m 48s
    5. Publishing an Adobe AIR file
      1m 56s
  11. 7m 52s
    1. Creating custom components
      4m 27s
    2. Working with Library Packages
      1m 47s
    3. Using the Code view in Flash Catalyst
      1m 38s
  12. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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