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Q1:I realize that you recommend against using .avi files, but that's all I have. Should I first convert it to a QuickTime (using a tool such as the QuickTime player)?
A1: First, if the only source file is an .avi you might as well use that. If it's good quality, great. If it's not, oh well. But, converting it to a QuickTime can't make it better.
Q2:I've imported a video with a great music track. Why then, when I select minimum levels of compression does the audio sound so terrible?
A2: You need to set the Audio Stream compression and quality from Flash's Publish Settings (Flash tab).
Q3:I know that the compression stage can take a long time, but even after I've compressed the video my Flash movie takes forever to export. Why is that?
A3: That's because audio takes a long time to compress, and it's likely that Flash is compressing the audio at the time you publish. You can temporarily change the Audio Stream setting (in Flash's Publish Settings dialog box) to Raw so that every time you do a test movie it goes quicker. Just remember to set it back to a reasonable compression level before you export the final time.
Q4:I've imported and compressed a QuickTime that I downloaded, but my Flash movie is larger than the original video—how can that be?
A4: Generally, this won't happen. However, if the video was compressed before you imported it, it's possible that it actually grows in size. Again, try to start with the best quality uncompressed original. Also, consider just leaving the video as a QuickTime and linking to it.


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