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Chapter 12. Working with Video > Using the Video Import Wizard

Using the Video Import Wizard

Importing video into Flash is not much more difficult than importing a graphic or audio file. The difference is that Flash will help guide you through the process of choosing the correct compressor for the final movie. It's important that you know the final destination of the Flash movie with video. For example, if you were preparing the .swf file for presentation on the Internet, your compressor setting would be different than, say preparing the same file for burning onto a CD. The Video Import Wizard is Flash's way of helping you through the process of importing video files into Flash. When you import video, the Wizard automatically opens, and guides you through the steps. You can choose to accept the Wizard's recommendations, or you can make changes.

Use the Video Import Wizard

Click the Import menu, point to Import, and then click Import To Library.

IMPORTANT Although you can import a video directly to the Stage, it is recommended that you import videos first into the Library for ease of access and control, and then into a Library movie clip or to the Stage.

Select the video file, and then click Import To Library.

If necessary, select Embed Video In Macromedia Flash Document. If you select the Link To External Video File option you will have to publish the flash movie in the QuickTime format, and then click Next.

Select Import The Entire Video or Edit The Video First.

Click Next.

If you select Edit The Video First, select from the following video editing options:

  • Click the Play, Stop, and Step buttons to preview the video.

  • Drag the Play Head to quickly position the video to any viewable point.

  • Click the Set In Point and Set Out Point arrows to crop the video file based on the current position of the Play Head.

  • Click the Preview Clip button to preview the edited clip.

  • Click Create Clip to save the current version of the clip in the Edit Clip list.

  • Select a clip from the Edit Clip list, and then click the Update Clip button to edit the clip.

  • Use the arrows to reorder the clips in the Edit Clip list.

  • Click the Trash Can button to delete a selected clip.

  • Check the Combine List option to combine all of the clips into a single file, otherwise they are created in separate files.

Click Next.

IMPORTANT You must have at least one clip, even if it's the entire video file, to continue.

Click the Compression Profile popup, and then select from the available options, or click the Edit button and create your own compression profile.

Click the Advanced Settings popup, and then select from the available user-defined profiles, or click the Edit button to edit a user-defined profile.

Click the Delete buttons, to delete a compression profile or an advanced settings file.

Click Finish.


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