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Working with embedded video


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Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics

with Todd Perkins

Video: Working with embedded video

When you have embedded a video in Flash, you can use it just like any other Flash element. All you have to do is place it width in a movie clip and then you can work with that video just as if you're working with a movie clip. You can also do this with other video objects. For example, if you use the FLV playback component to play progressively downloaded video, you can animate that component as well. The advantage to using embedded video is that you can actually see the video playing in the timeline. In this movie we'll take a look at how you can work with embedded video in Flash. If you're following along, I'm working in 02_Embedded_Video.fla in the Chapter 08 folder in the Exercise Files folder.
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  1. 3m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Getting the most from this training
      1m 20s
    3. Using the exercise files
      50s
  2. 15m 28s
    1. Managing digital assets
      4m 9s
    2. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      5m 1s
    3. Creating custom color swatches
      3m 41s
    4. Creating a custom template
      2m 37s
  3. 14m 38s
    1. Working with variables
      3m 41s
    2. Using functions
      3m 30s
    3. Working with events
      2m 11s
    4. Using event listeners
      2m 42s
    5. Working with arrays
      2m 34s
  4. 29m 41s
    1. Understanding dynamic text fields
      2m 37s
    2. Loading text from an external file
      6m 42s
    3. Reading HTML from a text field
      5m 29s
    4. Applying CSS with ActionScript
      7m 0s
    5. Applying external CSS to a text field
      7m 53s
  5. 45m 27s
    1. Masking dynamic text
      4m 59s
    2. Dragging the Scroll Bar
      7m 3s
    3. Calculating a scroll percent
      5m 20s
    4. Setting scroll boundaries
      4m 9s
    5. Connecting the ScrollBar to the text field
      2m 55s
    6. Easing the text with the ScrollBar
      4m 12s
    7. Scrolling the text with buttons
      2m 38s
    8. Animating the scrolling text with the buttons
      4m 26s
    9. Setting boundaries for the scrolling text
      4m 26s
    10. Easing the text using the buttons
      1m 37s
    11. Connecting the ScrollBar to the Scroll buttons
      3m 42s
  6. 20m 46s
    1. Organizing a complex object into layers
      1m 51s
    2. Duplicating MovieClips
      1m 29s
    3. Undocking the timeline
      1m 20s
    4. Animating a complex MovieClip
      4m 36s
    5. Creating an animated Hinge effect
      5m 13s
    6. Creating complex animations
      6m 17s
  7. 28m 1s
    1. Controlling objects with buttons
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding frame labels
      3m 25s
    3. Using buttons to navigate labeled frames
      2m 30s
    4. Nesting code within MovieClips
      5m 8s
    5. Adding sound to the application
      2m 34s
    6. Adding drag interactivity to the robot
      6m 1s
    7. Animating the dragged robot
      4m 17s
  8. 20m 3s
    1. Understanding components
      2m 30s
    2. Using components to setup a form
      3m 45s
    3. Setting up the form to send an email
      3m 38s
    4. Working with form variables
      6m 11s
    5. Skinning components
      3m 59s
  9. 27m 40s
    1. Using transparency in a video
      4m 16s
    2. Working with embedded video
      3m 38s
    3. Animating a VideoClip
      2m 53s
    4. Creating an advanced animation with video
      2m 40s
    5. Working with the bitmap data class
      3m 37s
    6. Working with the bitmap class
      1m 40s
    7. Copying the video to create a reflection
      1m 35s
    8. Reflecting the video
      2m 42s
    9. Enhancing a video reflection with a mask
      4m 39s
  10. 1h 38m
    1. Viewing the finished MP3 player
      1m 45s
    2. Understanding the project flow
      2m 52s
    3. Preparing to build the MP3 player
      5m 11s
    4. Understanding classes and packages
      5m 32s
    5. Creating the MP3 player class
      9m 59s
    6. Loading sounds from external files
      9m 20s
    7. Accessing ID3 tag information
      6m 11s
    8. Controlling sound playback with Play and Pause buttons
      11m 3s
    9. Changing tracks
      12m 1s
    10. Displaying the current volume
      9m 33s
    11. Changing the volume
      6m 40s
    12. Wiring the progress bar
      8m 4s
    13. Building the progress bar slider
      10m 4s
  11. 5m 36s
    1. Making Flash movies accessible
      1m 49s
    2. Adding a name and description to your Flash movie
      52s
    3. Accessibility and text fields
      2m 55s
  12. 12m 2s
    1. Understanding Flash Mobile
      35s
    2. Exploring Device Central
      1m 45s
    3. Updating Device Profiles
      1m 7s
    4. Creating a Flash file from Device Central
      2m 7s
    5. Creating and testing Flash Lite applications
      2m 48s
    6. Downloading the Flash Lite player for Windows Mobile
      1m 44s
    7. Getting a Flash Lite application onto your phone
      1m 56s
  13. 27s
    1. Goodbye
      27s

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Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics
5h 21m Intermediate Dec 06, 2007

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Through several hands-on tutorials, instructor Todd Perkins shows how to best build dynamic, streamlined sites using Flash CS3 Professional. Learn how to create custom keyboard shortcuts, apply advanced text techniques such as animating scrolling text with custom easing controls, and using advanced animation techniques. Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics covers many challenging features, including adding complex interactivity to a Flash CS3 project and getting Flash content on a phone. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Customizing Flash CS3 and managing assets Working with ActionScript variables Understanding dynamic text fields Adding interactivity to dynamic text Animating a complex MovieClip Using buttons to navigate labeled frames Working with components Exploring advanced audio and video techniques Creating accessible Flash content Understanding Flash Mobile
Subject:
Web
Software:
Flash Professional
Author:
Todd Perkins

Working with embedded video

When you have embedded a video in Flash, you can use it just like any other Flash element. All you have to do is place it width in a movie clip and then you can work with that video just as if you're working with a movie clip. You can also do this with other video objects. For example, if you use the FLV playback component to play progressively downloaded video, you can animate that component as well. The advantage to using embedded video is that you can actually see the video playing in the timeline. In this movie we'll take a look at how you can work with embedded video in Flash. If you're following along, I'm working in 02_Embedded_Video.fla in the Chapter 08 folder in the Exercise Files folder.

Before we go inside of the movie clip that holds our video, let's test the movie and look at what's happening with this video. Command+Return on the Mac, Ctrl+Enter on the PC. Notice that he rides the unicycle to the right. What we want to do is make it look like he's riding the unicycle in place. Once we have him unicycling in place, we can embed that animation in another animation and make it look like he's unicycling in a loop for example. So let's take a look at the Paavo_unicycle.mov movie clip in the library.

So double-click the movie clip symbol icon in the library and notice that there are 54 frames inside of this movie clip. Click and drag the playhead, and you can see the video playing as you move the playhead. This gives us a lot of control. The first thing I want to do is move the video on the stage to align the bottom of the unicycle's wheel with the registration point of the video. So what I'm going to do is click and drag, and move using the Selection tool and my arrow keys on the keyboard.

This going to align the bottom of the unicycle wheel with the registration point of the stage. Now if we click and drag the playhead, the video still animates forward. So what we're going to do is put this video inside of a graphic symbol and create a Motion Tween of the video moving backwards that will compensate for the guy in the unicycle moving forward, and make it look like he's unicycling in place. So select the video on the stage. Press F8 on your keyword to convert this video into a graphic symbol. Choose Graphic for the Symbol type and for the Name of the symbol type gfcVideo with a capital V.

If see a warning message that comes up, Flash is just letting you know that in order to be able the play this video in its entirety the graphic symbol is going to have to have 54 frames. So just click Yes. And now we'll create a Motion Tween. Select frame 54 in the timeline and press F6 on your keyboard to create a keyframe, move the video on the stage again, to align the bottom of the unicycle wheel with the registration of the one on stage. You can use the Selection tool and use the arrow keys as well to do that. And once you've done that, let's create the Motion Tween.

Click anywhere in between the two keyframes in the timeline and right-click your selected frame or Control-click on the Mac and choose Create Motion Tween. Scrub the playhead. It looks like he's riding the unicycle in place. Let's return to the main timeline and test the movie to see what it looks like. Click Scene 1 at the bottom of the timeline to return to the main timeline. Test the movie using Command+Return on the Mac, or Ctrl+Enter on the PC. You see now that he's unicycling in place.

So I'm going to close the Preview window. And there's a look at how to work with embedded video in Flash. Now that we have him unicycling in place, we can animate him unicycling in any way that we want. We'll look at how to do that in the next few movies.

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