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5. Using Images and Video > 5.2. Importing, Compressing, and Using Video

Importing, Compressing, and Using Video

Now that we have the background image, logo, and text we need for our project, it’s time to prepare the video. As with bitmaps, we can simply import the video and use the Flash Player to display it. However, video files are usually too large to post online without some sort of compression. Flash to the rescue!

Flash MX and Flash MX 2004 have a video codec built into them, courtesy of a software developer named Sorenson. Sorenson’s commercial product, Squeeze, is a powerful tool used by many video gurus to compress video. A lite version of the codec, named Spark, is built into Flash. What does this mean to you? It means you can dramatically decrease the file size of video through Flash while maintaining high-quality playback. However, you need to take a few steps that I’ve never seen covered in any other tutorial I’ve read, online or in books. In the following sections, you won’t just learn to use video in Flash, you’ll learn to use it efficiently.


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