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Chapter 16. Delivering Movies to Your Audience

Chapter 16. Delivering Movies to Your Audience

When you finish creating graphics, animation, and interactivity in Macromedia Flash, it's time to deliver the goods to your audience. To do that, you must export the Flash movie file to another format for playback. You can choose among several formats. The one that guarantees viewers will see all your animations and take part in all your movie's interactivity is the Flash Player format. Player files end with the extension .swf.

Installing Flash also installs the Player application—Flash Player (Mac) or FlashPla.exe (Windows). The Player lets Flash users view SWF files by running Flash Player on their computers. Other programs, such as Web browsers, can control Flash Player, too.

You can export movies as a series of images in either bitmap format (.GIF or .PNG files, for example) or vector format (such as Adobe Illustrator files). Another option for movie delivery is a self-playing file called a projector. Users double-click the projector file to open and play the movie. And you can print your entire movie or individual frames, should you want to give someone a hard-copy version of the movie (for storyboarding, for example). Flash 5 also lets you control viewers'ability to print selected frames, or all frames, from Flash Player's contextual menu. (In previous versions of Flash, viewers could print from the browser but not from the movie itself.)


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