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Chapter 2. Working with Video > Importing Video into Flash

Importing Video into Flash

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 are QuickTime, MPEG, AVI, and DV. Fortunately, Flash supports all of them. Flash also supports its own video format, the Flash Video (FLV) format, which we’ll discuss in Chapter 6. You can import any of these digital video formats into Flash; you can add Flash graphics, animation, and interactivity; and in certain cases, you can 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 as 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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