Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a Flash file, part of Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional.
I would like to start off by giving you an overview of Flash CS4 Professional.…Obviously, I have it open right now.…You can see, from this start up panel, I can go ahead and Create a New File.…So that's the first thing I want to do is Create a New Flash File (ActionScript 3.0).…If I select that, a new Untitled file opens up.…It's just a document that just has a white background right here.…And what I am going to do is I am going to go ahead and save this.…So I am going to go to File>Save and I am going to save it to my Desktop, in my…Exercise Files folder, Chapter01, and I am going to save it in 02 final.…
So I am going to change this title from Untitled-1 to index, because when you…are making your website, the root file, the main file of your website, is going…to be called index, and that's what I am calling it here.…This is going to be more or less like my homepage.…It's going to be index.fla, and I am going to go ahead and select Save.…Now I have it saved correctly and now I am ready to do some work.…
- 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.