Class 13 Notes for Flash

Learning Objectives:

You will be able to create an FLV or FL4 from a MPG

You will be able Embed a Movie into a Timeline.


Read: Chapter 13 in your book and do the exercises at the end of each chapter.

Watch: Import video to Flash

Review: The Following Popular Video Compression (or Codec) Technology:

MOV- Apple's Quicktime Movie format (currently uses a Sorenson Codec as an option )

MPEG - A Standards Based Video Format (Moving Picture Experts Group)

WMV (Windows Media Video):

VP6: A proprietary video codec developed by On2 Technologies.

Sorenson 3: A codec that is popularly used by Apple's QuickTime, basically the ancestor of H.264.

Download: mademployee.mpg and convert it into a usable format for Flash.

Post: Final Project on your Webspace on E-commerce and link the file to your homework page.

Topics Covered:

Test SWF Movies

Once you have created your Flash Movie, you need to check how long it will take to download!


Test your Movie for downloading. (Control > Test Movie)


Set download Speed


Check Bandwidth Profiler and Streaming


Check how the movie downloads to see if you need to create a preloader




Movie too big? Create a pre-loader using if then else capability of actionscript!
Example: Create a simple animation that lasts 20 frames. On frame 21 add an action script that checks to see if the rest of your movie is completely loaded. If your movie uses 500 frames, your script would look like this

if (_framesloaded=500) {

gotoAndPlay ("Scene1","22");}
else {
gotoAndPlay ("Scene1","1"); }

Newground's Flash Help has a preloader you can use for your site if you don' t like the one you created!


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