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Hour 17. Using Video > Other Video Options

Other Video Options

Believe it or not, there's so much more about video that a whole book would probably be too little. But even if I restrict the topic to video in Flash, there are a couple other points to make. You've already learned how to import a video and compress it (immediately after import). This process was relatively time-consuming and somewhat limited. Compressing the sample movie went pretty fast, but it was only 5 seconds long. You'll see much longer compression times for longer movies. And, despite the fact that there are many options in the Sorenson Spark dialog box, many more controls are possible with the Professional version of Spark. Next we'll look at how you can reduce that compression time and then we'll look at the third-party product Sorenson Squeeze with Spark Pro.

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Flash can import several different video formats (listed earlier this hour). For each format listed, you must compress it individually at the time of import. This can be a significant investment of time and capitalization of your computer. One other video format that I didn't list is also supported by Flash. The file format with the extension .flv was created just for Flash (they're called Flash Video files). Basically, they're nothing more than videos that have already been compressed using Sorenson Spark. The great part is that they import almost instantly!


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