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In Flash Professional CS5 Essential Training, author Todd Perkins explains the fundamentals of Flash Professional CS5, the industry standard for creating animations and interactive applications for the web, desktop, and mobile devices. This course starts with the basics, such as using the drawing tools to create simple animations, and progresses to automating animation with tweens and adding interactivity with ActionScript. This course also covers how to add sound and video to projects, enhance realism with effects like easing, and publish a project to a variety of platforms. Exercise files are included.
Flash CS5 ships with Adobe Media Encoder CS5. This application allows you to encode video that you can then bring into Flash and display in the Flash Player. So let's take a look at how to bring video into Flash and to encode it in a format that Flash can use. To bring in a video file, you can either click and drag a file into the Render Queue or you can click the Add button in the Media Encoder. Here I'll browse to my file. I'll select Clip11-tahoe.mp4.
So I'll click Open and the file is then put in there. So I can choose which file format I want to use. For the Format, I'll click the dropdown. and I can either choose H.264, which Flash can understand, or FLV | F4V. FLV and F4V are video formats designed for Flash. F4V is video designed for Flash use. that uses the H.264 codec. So let's choose FLV | F4V.
From there, I can choose the Preset. When I click the dropdown menu, I can choose several different presets. I'm going to choose F4V - Match Source Attributes (Medium Quality). From here, I can click the Settings button to fine-tune my output file. To preview your output file, click the Output tab. Here you can trim and crop your output file. You can adjust the format and the preset, and you can choose a variety of other options including adding cue points.
For right now, all the default settings worked for me. So I'm just going to click OK, but you can feel free to experiment with this menu and get your video files encoded exactly how you want. So I'll click OK. To start encoding my video, I'll click Start Queue. Flash then encodes the video for me and that's it. By default, the file is in the same directory as my original file and everything is good to go.
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