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Adding custom video controls


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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5

with Paul Trani

Video: Adding custom video controls

Once you've imported your video, you might realize that you want to integrate the video into the design of the site. And that's where I am at here with this video here. So I am going to double-click on it. And what that does is that brings me inside of this About background movie clip. And that's where my video exists. Okay, so it's not really integrated on to the TV quite right for one. And another thing is that I am not crazy about all these video controls. So I really want to customize this.

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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5
2h 45m Beginner Jul 27, 2010

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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5 shows how to make a fully functional, dynamic web site in Flash Professional CS5. This course covers the fundamentals of creating and importing content, adding smooth 2D and 3D transitions, and adding button functionality that goes beyond links. This course will also show how to integrate and control video and audio as well as how to implement a gallery and a contact form. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding web design
  • Creating buttons and web graphics in Photoshop
  • Formatting text with the Text Layout Framework
  • Using the Timeline
  • Creating a custom looping animation
  • Loading images in a gallery
  • Creating invisible buttons
  • Adding music and video to a site
  • Customizing video playback controls
  • Optimizing and publishing a web site
Subjects:
Web Interaction Design Projects
Software:
Flash Professional Illustrator
Author:
Paul Trani

Adding custom video controls

Once you've imported your video, you might realize that you want to integrate the video into the design of the site. And that's where I am at here with this video here. So I am going to double-click on it. And what that does is that brings me inside of this About background movie clip. And that's where my video exists. Okay, so it's not really integrated on to the TV quite right for one. And another thing is that I am not crazy about all these video controls. So I really want to customize this.

One thing I can do when it comes to customization is I can change the color of these video controls. I can do that by looking at my component parameters. So I can sort of select maybe a closer match to these flowers for instance if I want to. Or I can change this skin entirely as well. So if I click that pencil I can go ahead and pick a different skin. But again there might be cases where none of these skins are really working for you.

And they are quite frankly not really working for my design. So I am going to select None. So I am removing the skin entirely. I'll select OK. And now of course it's not there. Now what I can do is I can move this layer that contains this video, I could move it behind or sort of underneath all the other layers. And you can see that she is sitting inside of the TV now. And remember all this is is a graphic. It's actually a PNG file with sort of a hole cut out of it.

But that seems much more appropriate. And what I want to do now is I want to add another layer. And on this new layer are going to be my video controls. All right, and on this video controls layers where I am going to drop on some video controls, and they exist under Window > Components. So here are all my components. Let me just pull this panel out. I have Flex, User Interface, and then Video. If I open up this Video folder, you can see all of these video buttons I can use.

So I am going to go ahead and use the PlayPauseButton. I like that it's sort of two buttons in one. But I can just click and drag that on to the Stage just beneath the video right down there. Next step up, let's take this Seekbar which allows the user to sort of scrub to a certain point in the timeline of this video. Put it right there and just kind of nudge it with my arrow keys, something like that. Let's grab the Volumebar and drop it on as well, give the user the ability to control the volume. All right so that looks pretty.

And what I can do with these buttons is I can actually explore them, because if I zoom in on this PlayPauseButton, I close that Components panel. I can zoom in on this button and if I double-click on it I can start to edit it. So I can dig down deep into this button. I can go into the play button and it starts to show me the different instances of this play button. And notice how it gives me this weird green color. Well, this is for my Over state.

So when these are rolls over the button, it's actually going to highlight green. I am not crazy about that. So I can easily change it by double clicking and digging deep into where that green is and by selecting it I can go ahead and change that color. So the important thing to notice that these are all movie clips, so I can edit these all I want. So again, this sort of highlight color for the Down state, I can change that to red as well. All right, PlayButtonDown, let's go back, go back.

And again, anytime you want to change something just double click and dig into that button and then change it accordingly. But that's all I was really doing is changing this square background. The cool thing is this square background that I've been editing for the Over and the Down belongs to all of the buttons that have the square background. So my Pause button is actually going to give me this red color as well. So it's perfect. I only edit once, and then I am good to go. So let me go back to Scene 1.

Let me go ahead and Fit in Window. There's my video. Let's do a Control > Test Movie. And let's go ahead and review those buttons. (Female speaker: Hi, my name is Jill Steinman. I'm a freelance graphic?) I can scrub through. (Female speaker: ?designers bring awareness to...) I can even play with the volume. (Female speaker: ?impoverished countries. When I'm not working, I can be found...) All right, and everything works great.

And again, I didn't have to write any code. All I need to do is drop on those buttons into this area. And then I can fully customize them all I want just to make sure it integrates nice with the design. And of course, that's what I have here. So the next step is to even go beyond this and start controlling graphics based on the video as well.

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Q: I followed all the steps and suggestions in the "Adding a progress bar" video, but when I add the progress bar to my web site, I can’t remove it once the index.swf file loads up. The progress bar remains on the homepage and the rest of the pages. How do I make it disappear once the site loads?
A: To make it disappear, just make sure the progress bar is only in frame 1. If it’s on its own layer, then right-click on the 2nd frame in that same layer and select "Insert Blank Keyframe." That will make it disappear.
Q: Despite following the steps in the "Adding a progress bar" video, I cannot figure out how to keep the progress bar from appearing on a movie that has finished loading. How can I make the progress bar disappear?
A: Just add the red line below to the preloader.fla file. This will make the progress bar invisible: 
"function contentLoaded(evt:Event):void { //Optionally change to a clip holder and set progressbar visibility. addChild(contentLoader); progressbar.visible = false; }"
 
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