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Using Flash video presets

Using Flash video presets provides you with in-depth training on Video. Taught by Chris Florio as pa… Show More

Flash CS3 Interactive Video Techniques

with Chris Florio

Video: Using Flash video presets

Using Flash video presets provides you with in-depth training on Video. Taught by Chris Florio as part of the Flash CS3 Interactive Video Techniques
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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
    2. Prerequisites
      1m 25s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 6m 49s
    1. The benefits of Flash video
      1m 32s
    2. The FLV format and how it works with Flash
      1m 8s
    3. The history of video in Flash and version issues
      2m 51s
    4. Supported file formats for converting to Flash video
      1m 18s
  3. 18m 42s
    1. Checking the size and frame rate of imported video
      1m 48s
    2. Embedded video vs. progressive download
      2m 58s
    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 17s
    7. Choosing video controls with prebuilt skins
      1m 25s
    8. Files for playing back Flash video
      1m 43s
  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
  5. 17m 49s
    1. Creating instances of the FLVPlayback component
      3m 34s
    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 17s
    1. Three ways to create custom controls
    2. Customizing the built-in skins
      4m 58s
    3. Using the FLV UI components
      2m 20s
    4. Controlling multiple FLVPlayback components
      2m 24s
    5. Customizing the UI components
      1m 24s
    6. Creating custom controls from scratch
      8m 33s
  7. 16m 41s
    1. Three classes for Flash video
      1m 28s
    2. The NetConnection and NetStream classes
      3m 35s
    3. The Video class
      1m 13s
    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 26s
    1. Creating alpha channels with After Effects CS3
      2m 14s
    2. Exporting an FLV file with transparency
      1m 37s
    3. Exporting a QuickTime movie with transparency
      2m 15s
    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 41s
    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 23s
  10. 5m 0s
    1. H.264 and Flash
      1m 37s
    2. Using full-screen video
      2m 32s
    3. Hardware and multiprocessor acceleration
  11. 1m 25s
    1. Additional resources
    2. Goodbye

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Using Flash video presets
Video Duration: 2m 7s 1h 57m Intermediate


Using Flash video presets provides you with in-depth training on Video. Taught by Chris Florio as part of the Flash CS3 Interactive Video Techniques

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Flash has become one of the most popular ways to publish video on the web. It enables rich media experiences, custom playback controls, and top-notch quality. In Flash CS3 Interactive Video Techniques, instructor Chris Florio highlights the tools non-programmers need to add video to projects. He also covers techniques for creating interactive video with ActionScript, including how to use cue points, dynamic masks, and custom controls. Flash CS3 Interactive Video Techniques makes integrating video a snap for everyone from novice Flash users wanting to know supported file formats to advanced Flash developers looking to create masking videos. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Using video in Flash with an alpha channel Working with hardware and multiprocessor acceleration Creating custom controls in three different ways Setting FLV parameters with ActionScript Understanding the difference between embedded video and progressive download Accessing NetStream metadata
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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.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Flash CS3 Interactive Video Techniques .

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Q: Chapter 5 videos have action script errors when trying to play them. What is causing this?
A: When adding a video from the library to the Stage, for some reason Flash forgets the file link.
To solve this, follow these steps:
  1. Click on the video on the Stage (after bringing it in from the library)
  2. Go to the Parameters tab down at the bottom (if it is not there, reveal the tab by going to Window > Properties > Parameters).
  3. Go to contentPath and click on the magnifying glass symbol to link to the local file the computer.
The file path names for the embedded FLVs are mangled. Changing the path to the correct link (the files are in the exercise files folder) solves the issue.





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