Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding web design, part of Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional.
I would like to start off by giving you a good understanding of web design.…First of all, what is web design?…Well, it's all about creating visual content, placed on a web server and served…through the Internet to somebody's web browser.…So we need to keep in mind the context as in which this content is being shown.…And I am not just talking about websites. This could be banners. This could be…interactive presentations.…It could be anything.…The principles of web design carry across all those different types.…But why a portfolio website?…Well, it's all about convenience.…
Being able to give somebody my URL and having them check out my work is the best…way to pretty much get my work in front of them.…And it's a great way, not only through my portfolio to show my design skills,…but through the website itself, it enables me to show off my web design skills as well.…But really where you want to start is with the goal of your website.…So if you are making a portfolio website, what's your goal?…In this case, and probably in your's, potentially, is to get a job.…
- 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.