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Flash CS4 All-in-One For Dummies® by William B. Sanders, Doug Sahlin

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Chapter 1. Playing Video with Flash: The Producer's Chair

In This Chapter

  • Working with Web video

  • Embedding video in Flash

  • Understanding progressive download

  • Becoming familiar with streaming video

Of all the revolutionary technologies now available with Adobe Flash CS4, the most dramatic is the ability to send video over the Web. Although Web video has been available for a few years, creating Web sites with high-quality display, including high-definition (HD) video, is just now coming to the forefront. You can create videos that use H.264 (MPEG-4, among others) format for spectacular results at a reasonable bandwidth. Using the built-in FLVPlayer component and other tools available in Flash CS4, you can create a Web site that sends video to the viewer just like Flash has delivered animation, text, sound, and graphics. The big difference is that all these elements are combined into a single audio/video file that can be sent smoothly over the Web.

Playing Video with Flash: The Producer's Chair

What Is Web Video?

If you've visited YouTube (www.youtube.com), you've seen Web video. In fact, if you've gone to a site such as http://movies.com, you've seen movie trailers done with streaming video. Even some business sites, such as www.sandlight.com, feature streaming video presentations.

If you want to know whether Flash was used to create a Web video, visit YouTube or a favorite site that has movie trailers you can watch online, and right-click ...

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