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Introduction

It wasn't too long ago that Flash and video did not mix. Macromedia introduced Flash to video in MX, and enhanced the feature set in MX 2004. Not only does Flash allow you to import video, it gives you the ability to compress the video using user-defined, or preset values, and lets you trim excess video without the need of using a video-editing application. It's important to understand that although Flash can import, trim, and compress a video file, it can't make the quality of the video any better than the original. If you receive your video from outside sources, there is little you can do; however, if you're the one shooting the footage, pay close attention to lighting, camera angles, and distractions within the video. The more time and attention you spend taking the video, the better the video will be when imported into Flash. However, if you do need to tweak a video file, applications such as Adobe's Premiere (Mac/Win), and Apple's Final Cut Pro (Mac), are excellent choices for the budding movie director.


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