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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5

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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5

with Paul Trani

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Adding audio to your site can really make for a better experience for the user. Just keep in mind that when it comes to music not to overdo it. I can easily add music that plays the entire time of the site, but quite frankly my experience is that people often go for the mute button before long. So, what I want to do is just add a quick little music tag at the beginning of this site. The first step is going to be adding a new layer, and I will call this new layer music.

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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 music

Adding audio to your site can really make for a better experience for the user. Just keep in mind that when it comes to music not to overdo it. I can easily add music that plays the entire time of the site, but quite frankly my experience is that people often go for the mute button before long. So, what I want to do is just add a quick little music tag at the beginning of this site. The first step is going to be adding a new layer, and I will call this new layer music.

I will drag that beneath the Actions layer and on this layer is where I will import my audio file. So, I am going to Import > Import to Stage, and I can locate this ChimeIn.wav file. Notice I can also import other sound formats as well such as MP3, that is available, but in this case, it's just this WAV file. I'll click Open. Remember I selected Import to Stage, but it doesn't appear on my Stage, and that's because it actually just puts it in the Library.

So, as you can see right here there is my ChimeIn.wav. But again, I can select that file. It actually still does import it. I'll click Play. (Music playing) Again, just a simple music tag at the very beginning of this site is what I want. So, all I need to do is select this file and drop it right on to the Stage. Now, notice that it does add the waveform on that layer that I had selected. So, it's exactly the way I want it. In fact, I can select that first keyframe, go to my Properties panel, and take a look at this Sound category because it does point out that WAV file that has being used.

Notice that I have the Sync set to Event, and that's what I want. What that means is that as soon as playhead hits this frame, it's going to play this audio track in its entirety regardless of what's going on in the Timeline. If I had it set to Stream, it means the audio track would be locked to the Timeline so when we reach the Stop action, it would actually stop playing the music. So, again, that's not what I want. I want it just to play independent of the main Timeline. That's why this is set to event and now I am good to go.

So, I'll go to Control > Test Movie. Test this out. (Music plays) Great. It's exactly what I want, the Timeline stops, the music continues to kind of play through, very nice. But to be honest that audio track sound like it's being compressed, and it is. So, I am going to show you what's going out there and just how to increase the quality of your audio. So, if I go to File, down to Publish Settings, I'll go to the Flash tab and right here in the center, look, it says Audio event is set to 16 KB/Sec.

That's really low considering CD quality is about to 128. So I can change it by clicking Set and then the bit rate to about 80. I don't want it to be say 120 or 160. That might be a little too much. Again, it's a balance of adding more file size versus quality so that's why I am going to pick 80 KB/sec. Again, the higher the bit rate, the larger your file will be, and then I can click OK. Now, let's go ahead and check out our audio track.

(Music plays) So, it does sound a lot better. I think with even tracks with sort of more bass in them and low tones, you definitely notice a difference as well but keep in mind your Publish Settings. So, obviously it's really easy to import audio, and it does really add a nice dimension to any web project.

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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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