Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Benefits of using XML, part of Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional.
I'd like to give you an overview of the benefits of using XML,…but first off, I would like to talk about what XML is.…Well, it stands for eXtensible Markup Language, which just means that it's very…flexible and really easy to read and use.…In fact, there is many different technologies that can create and…understand this XML format.…So whether you're using PHP or a database, those different technologies can read…and write XML file formats and XML content.…
But what it is is basically structured information that you define, and that's…what makes it flexible.…I can define what it contains, and what the different tags are.…It's usually contained in a text document, as you can see by that icon, but in…general, it is tag-based, like HTML.…So if you're familiar with HTML, XML should be even easier to understand.…But what are the differences?…Well, HTML has predefined tags.…So you can see in this example, there can be a heading 1 tag in HTML.…
That's a predefined tag like <b> for bold, any of that sort of thing, say the…
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
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.