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Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional
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Adding a Full Screen button


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Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional

with Paul Trani

Video: Adding a Full Screen button

One of the nicest features that Flash has for video is the ability to make your video go full screen. But this is a two-part process. I am going to start with first step, which is going to be adding a full screen button. So it's going to be changing this Skin. So I am going to select this movie clip. It's the VideoPlayer copy movie clip, and I am going to double-click on it, and I am going to locate just this FLVPlayBack Component. So in my PROPERTIES panel, it says FLVPlayback. I can go ahead and select the COMPONENT INSPECTOR panel.
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  1. 1m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      34s
  2. 24m 1s
    1. Understanding web design
      2m 44s
    2. Creating a Flash file
      3m 18s
    3. Importing a design from Photoshop
      7m 45s
    4. Optimizing the design
      10m 14s
  3. 13m 59s
    1. Dynamically loading an image
      3m 37s
    2. Loading random images
      10m 22s
  4. 47m 38s
    1. Creating menu buttons
      8m 18s
    2. Adding functionality to buttons
      8m 56s
    3. Adding navigation
      9m 45s
    4. Creating transitions
      12m 0s
    5. Simplifying code
      8m 39s
  5. 26m 11s
    1. Creating web site sections
      7m 41s
    2. Dynamically loading sections
      11m 7s
    3. Linking to web sites and email addresses
      7m 23s
  6. 29m 18s
    1. Setting up a portfolio
      12m 31s
    2. Adding functionality to thumbnails
      10m 10s
    3. Allowing for unlimited thumbnails
      6m 37s
  7. 41m 17s
    1. Benefits of using XML
      4m 42s
    2. Loading XML content
      4m 34s
    3. Sorting XML content
      7m 32s
    4. Displaying XML content
      7m 35s
    5. Using XML to create thumbnails
      8m 41s
    6. Displaying content with thumbnails
      8m 13s
  8. 25m 59s
    1. Creating and importing video
      9m 47s
    2. Adding a Full Screen button
      4m 15s
    3. Creating custom video controls
      4m 50s
    4. Adding functionality to video thumbnails
      7m 7s
  9. 9m 12s
    1. Adding audio to buttons
      5m 30s
    2. Adding audio to dynamically created buttons
      3m 42s
  10. 21m 19s
    1. Applying professional transitions
      9m 26s
    2. Creating a preloader
      8m 56s
    3. Publishing a web site
      2m 57s
  11. 3m 15s
    1. Reviewing the "corporate" Flash site
      1m 40s
    2. Reviewing the "artistic" Flash site
      1m 35s
  12. 12s
    1. Goodbye
      12s

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Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional
4h 4m Intermediate Feb 17, 2010

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Flash and ActionScript are ideal for creating flexible, easily updatable web sites that are both unique in design and small in file size. In Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional, Adobe Certified Instructor Paul Trani shows how to exploit Flash to create a web site that showcases work to clients and prospective employers. Find out how to add dynamic navigation, animation, and video to a page, and how to load, sort and display XML that enables portfolio content to be updated without opening Flash. This course is designed to take your existing tweening skills and gotoAndPlay code and walk away with a fully functional Flash site. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Optimizing and publishing a Flash web site
  • Designing a professional photo or video portfolio
  • Adding button interactivity
  • Adding functionality to portfolio thumbnails
  • Displaying content with XML
  • Adding audio to portfolio presentations
Subjects:
Web Web Design Projects
Software:
Flash Professional
Author:
Paul Trani

Adding a Full Screen button

One of the nicest features that Flash has for video is the ability to make your video go full screen. But this is a two-part process. I am going to start with first step, which is going to be adding a full screen button. So it's going to be changing this Skin. So I am going to select this movie clip. It's the VideoPlayer copy movie clip, and I am going to double-click on it, and I am going to locate just this FLVPlayBack Component. So in my PROPERTIES panel, it says FLVPlayback. I can go ahead and select the COMPONENT INSPECTOR panel.

This gives me different settings to change this FLVPlayback Component, and the one I want to focus on is the Skin. So right here, this is the current one I have selected, SkinOverPlayedMute, lists out all the buttons, and I can just click on that name, and it opens up the Select Skin dialog box, and gives me the opportunity to change it. So this is quite a list of Skins that I can choose from. There's a quite a few in here, and really, I just want to focus on the ones that say Full.

So this means Full Screen, some of them also say Full Screen, literally, but these are all the ones that have the Full Button. So I am just going to go ahead and select one of these. In fact, I will just Select the SkinOverPlayFullscreen. I am going to keep it simple. The Play button, Fullscreen Button, this is the one I am going to focus on, I am going to select OK. Now if I close my COMPONENT INSPECTOR panel, you can see that this is now my Full-screen button. Okay, I am going to go ahead and run this now.

I am going to do a Test Movie. There's my video. Now I can play it, plays great, my Full-screen button. If I click on it, actually nothing happens, because I need to do something to the HTML, because really it's the HTML page that's going to make this video go full screen. So I need to do into the Publish Settings, and Publish out an HTML page that has the appropriate code. So I am going to close this video.swf, and if you recall, this SWF file is sitting right here, but technically, it gets loaded into this index.swf.

So this is really my main file, and this file is going to publish out both the SWF and the HTML page. So I am going to double-click on that, and in this index.fla, here is where I want to go to File, and I want to go down to my Publish Settings. Okay, with that selected, notice that I have Flash and HTML checked. It's going to publish out both of those files, and I'm also given tabs up at the top. So I am going to select the HTML tab, and notice how it gives me the ability to change the template, and this is what I want to focus on right here.

I can publish it to different template, but what I want to do is I want to publish for Flash only, and go ahead and allow for the Full-screen function. So this will create an HTML page with the Full-screen function already embedded. I am going to go-ahead select OK, and now I am going to go to File, and I am going to go down to Publish Preview, and I am going to Publish Preview the default HTML page. So I am going to select that. It shows me the SWF sitting right on an HTML page.

So I am going to go to Video. There is my video. I can go to my different sections, About. If I go back to Video, notice that I have my Full-screen button, so let me play it, and then I am going to go Full Screen, and then I am going to close it and pause it. (Video playing) So notice how it went Full-screen. It gave me the option to hit the Escape key to escape out of Full-screen mode, but it was done pretty easily, for the most part I just need to make sure I select a skin with that button in it, and then I need to Add up my Publish Settings, and then I am good to go.

It provides a great user experience for the end-user, and really shows off all of your video content quite well.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional.


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Q: While following along with the course, I encountered the following error in Flash CS4: 
1120: Access of undefined property content_mc.
What is causing this error?
A: Flash is looking for something (the content movieclip) with the instance name “content_mc” but it is not finding it. Select the content movieclip on the stage. In the Properties panel give it an instance name of “content_mc”. Make sure there are no spaces before or after. That should resolve the error.
Q: What is the best strategy for integrating 720/60P HD video into a website? Would creating a blank page that opens in full HD resolution be the best way to view the full quality of the HD video file?
A: A video file that large would just be unreasonable for most users to open.  These settings are a good place to start: 600x400is
24-25fps
Audio: 128kbps
Codec: On2VP6
Bitrate level: 1,000kbps
Bitrate Encoding: VBR These are just recommendations, and can be modified to preference. Also keep in mind that in Flash, one of the buttons that can be added is a full screen button, which is part of the skins.
 
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