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Using Flash video presets

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Video: Using Flash video presets

So here we are back in Flash and in this movie we're going to talk about video presets. Now if you remember when we last left Flash, we had chosen to import video using the Import Wizard, pointed to the QuickTime file we want to import, and determined that we were going to use progressive download from a Web server. Now when we continue on to the next screen, we see all kinds of options. We're going to look at these options so you can consciously choose the best options for your project, but there's times where you just quickly need to crank out video for a specific project and these presets are wonderful for that. For example if you're creating a Flash application, you just need to put a video file into it for the general public.

Using Flash video presets

So here we are back in Flash and in this movie we're going to talk about video presets. Now if you remember when we last left Flash, we had chosen to import video using the Import Wizard, pointed to the QuickTime file we want to import, and determined that we were going to use progressive download from a Web server. Now when we continue on to the next screen, we see all kinds of options. We're going to look at these options so you can consciously choose the best options for your project, but there's times where you just quickly need to crank out video for a specific project and these presets are wonderful for that. For example if you're creating a Flash application, you just need to put a video file into it for the general public.

A good general choice might be Flash 8, medium quality, 400 kb a second. The two main things that the different presets determine are the data rate of your video, which will determine the file size and quality of the video, and whether the video will use an older type of compression that was found in the Flash Player or a newer and higher quality compression that requires the user to have at least the Flash 8 Player. Unless you're required by the parameters of the job to develop for the Flash Player, you'll usually get better quality and smaller video files using the Flash 8 presets. Higher data rates produce larger files that look better so choose a rate that's based on the expected connection speed of your audience and how patient you think they'll be if they have to wait for the video before it plays.

For example, if you choose to compress your video at 400 kb per second and you user has a 400 K connection, then they should see the video immediately and be able to watch it in real time. However, if they only have a 40 K connection, they'll have to wait 10 seconds for every second of your video file. If you intend to use these presets, it would be a good idea to take a short video file that you're very familiar with and make a number of copies of the file using the different presets and look at the resulting file qualities and sizes and see which ones work best for you. We'll talk about working with Flash video and DV later on when we talk about H.264 and the latest Flash Player.

For now, you probably want to stay away from these bottom two choices. Even if you plan to customize the settings for your video rather than use one of these presets, it may be helpful to start by choosing one of the presets that's closest to the settings you want and then modify individual settings with the controls and the other tabs in this window. Once you're more comfortable of all the various settings for Flash video, you can make your own video presets for the type of Flash files that you use. We'll look more at these settings in the next movie, starting with compression settings.

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Flash CS3 Interactive Video Techniques

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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
      34s
    2. Prerequisites
      1m 26s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 6m 51s
    1. The benefits of Flash video
      1m 33s
    2. The FLV format and how it works with Flash
      1m 8s
    3. The history of video in Flash and version issues
      2m 52s
    4. Supported file formats for converting to Flash video
      1m 18s
  3. 18m 45s
    1. Checking the size and frame rate of imported video
      1m 48s
    2. Embedded video vs. progressive download
      2m 59s
    3. When to use Flash Media Server
      3m 9s
    4. Using Flash video presets
      2m 7s
    5. Choosing compression settings
      3m 15s
    6. Adding embedded cue points
      2m 18s
    7. Choosing video controls with prebuilt skins
      1m 25s
    8. Files for playing back Flash video
      1m 44s
  4. 4m 8s
    1. The Flash Video Encoder
      2m 5s
    2. After Effects CS3 and other video applications
      1m 8s
    3. Sorenson Squeeze and Flix
      55s
  5. 17m 50s
    1. Creating instances of the FLVPlayback component
      3m 35s
    2. FLVPlayback parameters
      4m 25s
    3. Adding FLV instances with ActionScript
      3m 3s
    4. Setting FLV parameters with ActionScript
      2m 45s
    5. Using the List component to select from multiple video files
      4m 2s
  6. 20m 20s
    1. Three ways to create custom controls
      38s
    2. Customizing the built-in skins
      4m 59s
    3. Using the FLV UI components
      2m 21s
    4. Controlling multiple FLVPlayback components
      2m 24s
    5. Customizing the UI components
      1m 25s
    6. Creating custom controls from scratch
      8m 33s
  7. 16m 43s
    1. Three classes for Flash video
      1m 28s
    2. The NetConnection and NetStream classes
      3m 36s
    3. The Video class
      1m 14s
    4. Methods of the NetStream class
      3m 56s
    5. Using multiple instances of a video object
      2m 38s
    6. Accessing NetStream metadata
      3m 51s
  8. 13m 28s
    1. Creating alpha channels with After Effects CS3
      2m 14s
    2. Exporting an FLV file with transparency
      1m 38s
    3. Exporting a QuickTime movie with transparency
      2m 16s
    4. Using video in Flash with an alpha channel
      2m 6s
    5. Masking video in Flash with ActionScript
      2m 25s
    6. Drawing masks in ActionScript 3
      2m 49s
  9. 9m 42s
    1. Embedded vs. ActionScript cue points
      1m 11s
    2. Working with Navigation cue points
      1m 4s
    3. Creating chapter navigation
      3m 3s
    4. Working with Event cue points
      4m 24s
  10. 5m 2s
    1. H.264 and Flash
      1m 37s
    2. Using full-screen video
      2m 33s
    3. Hardware and multiprocessor acceleration
      52s
  11. 1m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      52s
    2. Goodbye
      32s

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