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Hour 18. Using Video > Flash Basic 8 Versus Flash Professional 8

Flash Basic 8 Versus Flash Professional 8

You're about to learn nearly every option available for preparing and displaying videos inside Flash. Because the differences between Flash Basic 8 and Flash Professional 8 are most striking when considering video, I've produced the following table as an overview. Don't worry if you don't understand every technical term—you will by the end of this hour. You can use the following table as a reference as you go through the rest of this hour.

TechniqueFlash Basic 8Flash Professional 8
Embedding a video into your .swf fileSupported.Supported.
Encoding a video as an .flv file for external playbackWorkaround: embed it first, then export.Note, these .flvs are CBR, not VBR.Supported Also included is a standalone application for batch .flv creation.
Playing an external .flv (including those produced in outside applications)Only with the “no-frills” video object.Can use video object, Media Components, and the new FLVPLayback component with skin chooser.
Customized encoding settings (instead of presets)Unavailable.Supported.



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