Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a preloader, part of Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional.
One of the final things you're going to want to do with your site is make…sure you're using preloaders where you need them.…Well, what is a preloader?…It's basically an indicator that tells the user what's going on.…Usually, it's a percentage preloader that tells the user how much has been downloaded.…So really you just want to review your content, determine the larger items, say,…for instance, I am going to go into the portfolio section and just take a look at these images.…Now I could actually put some pretty large images in here. Currently, these ones…are fairly small, but as I add to my site, I could have some very large images.…
So that's where I'm going to use the portfolio.fla to add my preloader to.…So I'm going to double-click on the portfolio.fla and I'm going to go that first…frame in the AS layer.…Then I am going to go to Window and open up the Actions panel.…Now I'm going to go ahead and pin my code.…So it doesn't move in case I select something else. I'll move this up.…Now just to kind of review, I do have this very large loadThumbnail function and…
- 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.