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Chapter 15. Embedding and Streaming Video in Flash MX 2004

Until the release of Flash MX in 2002, if you were to gather a group of Flash developers and ask them what was missing, the answer was always, “The capability to play video.” Until then, that capability was primitive at worst or complicated at best.

Video could be brought into Flash, but precise control was a huge issue. The best one could do was to import the video and live with a lengthy timeline (thanks to each frame of the video being translated into a Flash frame) or trace the frames needed and delete the rest. There were some really great creative techniques developed by Hillman Curtis and others, but on the whole, adding video to Flash was an unpleasant experience.


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