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Chapter 2. Working with Video and 3d > Integrating Flash and Video

Integrating Flash and Video

Everybody loves movies. So when you can add video to your Flash Web site, you’ll likely create a richer and more compelling experience for your viewers. Several popular formats for digital video include QuickTime, MPEG, AVI, and DV. Fortunately, Flash supports all of them. You can import any of these digital video formats into Flash; add Flash graphics, animation, and interactivity; and in certain cases, even apply motion tweens to your imported video. You can import video into Flash by embedding it or, if you are using the QuickTime format, linking to the video.

Embedding puts the video file inside your Flash project, increasing its file size just like importing a bitmap does. Linking, on the other hand, maintains your video as a separate file outside Flash. Flash keeps track of the video with a path to the filename. If you link a video, however, several restrictions exist. You cannot apply motion tweens to a linked video, and you must export your Flash project as QuickTime. (Linked videos will not work in .swf format.) Moreover, the QuickTime format doesn’t support the full functionality of Flash ActionScript (see the sidebar “Not All Flash Features Work in QuickTime” later in the chapter). It’s safe to say that if you want to create fully functional SWF movies, always embed your videos rather than link them.


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