Join Todd Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Prerequisites, part of Flash CS4 Professional Audio Techniques.
Since this is a pretty advanced title, you should come into it knowing a lot about Flash and ActionScript. In this movie, we will talk about the prerequisites for this title. You should be familiar with the basics of Flash, equivalent to that taught in Flash CS4 Essential Training. So you should be very comfortable with the interface. You know how to navigate through movie clips and the Library, and the Properties panel, etcetera. You should be familiar with publishing Flash files including creating SWFs and HTML files.
You should have some basic ActionScript training at the very least. ActionScript 3.0 for designers is a title that's designed to teach programming to people that are new to programming. So if you don't know any ActionScript at all, I suggest starting there. Finally, we are going to be doing a lot of object-oriented programming in this title. If you don't know object-oriented programming, I highly recommend watching my title in object-oriented programming in ActionScript 3.0.
So if you feel comfortable with Flash CS4 and ActionScript 3.0, you are ready to start working with audio in this title.
- Playing and pausing audio in a created player class
- Controlling audio progress and showing it in a text field
- Loading XML playlist data into the final player
- Animating a volume slider and using effects to add depth
- Making Flash applications sharable
- Viewing the finished player and taking it for a spin
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: I am having trouble getting the exercise files to work for this title. For example, when I drag the progress bar of a song to another location on the slider, the movieclip always jumps back to the beginning and the song starts over. What could be causing this error?
A: An update to Flash since the time of recording broke this functionality. The problem appears to happen when Flash compiles the SWF in Flash Player 10. If you change your publish settings to Flash Player 9 instead, you won't see any problems.