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Importing Video

Before Flash MX, you did not have the ability to embed video clips in a Flash movie. You could simulate video by converting a video clip to a series of bitmap images and placing those images in sequential frames of a Flash movie. Your other option was to bring a linked QuickTime video into your Flash movie during the authoring phase, create Flash animations around it, and export the whole thing as a QuickTime file. This option limited your ability to provide interactivity, however, since QuickTime currently supports only those interactivity features available in Flash 4. (At the time this book was writ en, Apple had announced that QuickTime 6 wil support Flash 5 files.)

You still have the option to work with linked QuickTime video clips, but Flash MX also allows you to embed video clips for playback directly in Flash Player. With embedded video, you can create movies that use all of Flash’s animation and interactivity capabilities. In addition, anyone who has the Flash 6 player can play embedded video; there’s no need for QuickTime or other plug-ins.


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