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Introduction

Incorporating audio can really bring life to a Flash movie; however, the effect is very subtle. For example, most people would not be able to tell you the background music playing behind their favorite movie, but try leaving the sound out and they'll immediately notice. This makes audio a powerful influence on the viewers of your Flash movies. Macromedia understands the power of audio and gives you the ability to import audio in a variety of formats, including MP3, WAV, AIF, and AU. In addition, many formats that are not easy to import can be converted using the QuickTime plug-in. Point your browser to www.quicktime.com, and download this free plug-in.

Flash audio can be controlled using Flash's version of JavaScript, called ActionScript, and even gives you the ability to load streaming MP3 files. Add to that the ability to choose between mono and stereo, and you can further reduce the size of your audio files (mono audio files are half the size of stereo). The one drawback to using audio is that it produces a much larger file (even compressed audio files are relatively large), but even this can be reduced to a minimum by using shared audio libraries. Since audio files create large Flash movies, use sounds when they are necessary to the design of the Flash movie, and remember that sometimes silence is golden.


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