Creating a Flash file
Video: Creating a Flash fileI would like to start off by giving you an overview of Flash CS4 Professional. Obviously, I have it open right now. You can see, from this start up panel, I can go ahead and Create a New File. So that's the first thing I want to do is Create a New Flash File (ActionScript 3.0). If I select that, a new Untitled file opens up. It's just a document that just has a white background right here. And what I am going to do is I am going to go ahead and save this. So I am going to go to File>Save and I am going to save it to my Desktop, in my Exercise Files folder, Chapter01, and I am going to save it in 02 final.
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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.
- 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
Creating a Flash file
I would like to start off by giving you an overview of Flash CS4 Professional. Obviously, I have it open right now. You can see, from this start up panel, I can go ahead and Create a New File. So that's the first thing I want to do is Create a New Flash File (ActionScript 3.0). If I select that, a new Untitled file opens up. It's just a document that just has a white background right here. And what I am going to do is I am going to go ahead and save this. So I am going to go to File>Save and I am going to save it to my Desktop, in my Exercise Files folder, Chapter01, and I am going to save it in 02 final.
So I am going to change this title from Untitled-1 to index, because when you are making your website, the root file, the main file of your website, is going to be called index, and that's what I am calling it here. This is going to be more or less like my homepage. It's going to be index.fla, and I am going to go ahead and select Save. Now I have it saved correctly and now I am ready to do some work. So there is plenty of panels around here, and your setup might be different from mine, so what I would like for you to do is go to Window, down to Workspace, and change your Workspace to something else, change it to Classic.
If I change it to Classic, you can see how all the panels adjust. I have the Tools panel on left side. I have the Timeline at the top. I have the Properties panel on the right side. The only other panel that I know I am going to use a lot is the Library panel. So if I go to Window, down to Library, it will open up that Library panel. In fact, it was nested right here. But I can go ahead and select that tab and pull that panel out. Now I can position this wherever I want, but I can also nest it over here in the Properties panel.
And that's what I want to do, nest it clear down here at the bottom, so the Library panel is just beneath the Properties panel. And I can go ahead and close that panel if I want to see more of the properties. But in general, this is set up the way I want to set up my document. And sure enough, if I twirl that Library panel down, I can change the Properties for this document. So this white stage area, well, I can easily change that to a medium blue if I want to. I could even change the Size of this document.
I am going to click Edit, and I can adjust the Dimensions. So since this is for a web page, I want to make sure it fits a web browser perfectly. Now, the smallest common denominator for a monitor is going to be 1024x768. So 1024x768 would be the size, but I have to subtract some to account for the browser scrollbars and buttons. So I will just make this 1000 pixels wide, and instead of it being 768, I want to take off and make that about 700, make it a little smaller to account for the buttons.
But sure enough, I can control the dimensions, I can hit select, and then we will go ahead and change it, and I can see that this is ready to go, and I can go ahead and Save this file. And sure enough, I can go ahead and use any of these tools to create what I need to, but in general, that's the short of creating your very first Flash File.
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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
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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