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Adding full-screen functionality

From: Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5

Video: Adding full-screen functionality

Now, I want to go beyond the typical video controls and give the user the ability to play the video full screen. So, I'm going to double-click on this about bkgd and inside of this about bkgd movie clip, notice that I have this video layer which includes the video, and then I have the controls layer and on the controls layer is where I want to drop in a full screen button right here. So, I'm going to go to Window and open up the Components panel and inside of the Video folder you'll notice that FullScreenButton.

Adding full-screen functionality

Now, I want to go beyond the typical video controls and give the user the ability to play the video full screen. So, I'm going to double-click on this about bkgd and inside of this about bkgd movie clip, notice that I have this video layer which includes the video, and then I have the controls layer and on the controls layer is where I want to drop in a full screen button right here. So, I'm going to go to Window and open up the Components panel and inside of the Video folder you'll notice that FullScreenButton.

So, all I need to do is drag it right here on my TV and watch what happens when I do. You will sometimes get this warning. It says, "A component with this name already exists in the document." Now, I didn't already add a FullScreenButton, but what's going here is the FullScreenButton is sharing the same sort of base button components as my other buttons. So that background is actually the same for all of them and since I modified that base background graphic, I want to use my existing components, just like that.

Okay, so there we are. There's my button as you could tell. I'll just minimize that Components panel and again I have my other buttons down here and all I'm going to do is just use my arrow keys to position this accordingly, and I need to do one more thing, because I need to add some HTML code that gives permission for this video to play full screen. So, I'm going to go to File, down to Publish Settings, and I'm going to edit my HTML, so I'm going to make sure this is checked, and then I'm going to go to the HTML tab.

All right, in there, you'll see this Template dropdown and from there I want to select Flash Only - Allow Full Screen. Again, this is just going to give permission and basically adds a parameter in the HTML that sets the Allow Full Screen equal to true, but for me all I need to do is select it like that and from there, I can go ahead and click OK like that and I'm good to go. So, let's go ahead and test this out. I'm going to go to File and I'm going to test it out from Flash because under Publish Preview, under File, I can select HTML as my Default.

So, it's going to open up in my default browser and I'll go to the About section, and I'll just turn down that volume so I can still chat with you, but in general you can see the video is playing fine here and again I'm in a browser and what I can do from here is click this Full Screen button and the video goes full screen. It even gives me a message saying to hit the Escape button when I want to exit out of this Full Screen mode, but you also might want to consider maybe increasing the video quality if you want, if you know your users are going to play your video full screen. Just keep in mind file size if you do that.

So, I will hit Escape, and I'm out of that video and back into my normal mode. But as you can see it was really easy, just to drop on a Full Screen button. Just don't forget to edit your HTML settings. You can easily tell that it enhances the user's experience of your content.

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