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Chapter 22. Using Flash Professional 8 F... > Working with the Video Encoder

Working with the Video Encoder

To improve workflow for those of us who love to work with video, Flash 8 Professional includes a stand-alone video encoder that you can install on a computer dedicated to video encoding (). The Flash 8 Video Encoder lets you batch process video encoding, allowing you to encode several video clips, using different codec’s at the same time. Flash 8 Video Encoder also lets you edit video clips, add cue points (triggers other actions), as well as crop (change viewable area of video) and trim (edit beginning and end points) the video.

Work with the Video Encoder

Open the Flash 8 Video Encoder.

Click Add to add video files to the batch list

Click Duplicate to make a copy of the selected video file, which saves the same video file using different compression settings.

Click Remove to remove the selected video file from the batch list.

Click Setting to modify the compression settings of the selected video file.

Click the Encoding Profile popup and choose from the available presets.

  • Low Quality 150 kbps. Streaming videos files on the Internet.

  • Medium Quality 400 kbps. Small streaming videos, no larger than 240x320.

  • High Quality 700 kbps. Videos intended for play over high-speed connections (Cable/DSL), or for playing from a hard drive or CD.

Enter a new name for the file in the Output filename field (optional).

Click Show Advanced Settings to set customized options, or skip (steps 9-14) and use the defaults.

Click the Encoding tab.

Select the Encode Video check box, and then use the following for best overall results:

  • Video Codec. Use On2 VP6 for Flash Player 8 and Sorenson Spark for Flash Player 6 or 7).

  • Frame Rate. Use Same As Source.

  • Resize. Refrain from resizing the video.

  • Audio. To encode audio too, select the Encode Audio check box, and then select a kbps data rate.

Click the Cue Points tab.

Use the cursor to move the playback head to the frame location you want to embed, click Add Cue Point, and then specify the type of cue point you want.

Click the Crop and Trim tab.

Enter edge values to crop the video or use the slider controls, and then drag the in and out point markers below the scrubber bar to set the video trim points.

Click Start Queue to begin batch processing all the files in the batch list



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