Video in Flash MX 2004
       by kirupa : 8 June 2004

Video and the net are not the best of friends for the majority of net surfers. For the most part, due to large file sizes, you may be steered to other non-video formats such as - well, Flash! Of course, with the growing popularity of broadband content, you may find situations where a video clip is very useful. You can also use videos within Flash!

Flash MX 2004 includes basic video features that can aid you in not only importing video files for display in Flash, but you can also perform some simple editing tasks also. This tutorial will help you to learn more about Flash and video.

The following is an example of video in Flash:

[ video in Flash - it's about 125k, so it may run choppy the first time ]

Here is How
The following steps will explain how to import and display a video file in Flash MX 2004:

  1. Create a new Flash file by launching Flash MX 2004 and by going to File | New.

  2. Once you have a new Flash file created, go to File | Import | Import to Stage. You will see the Import dialog box appear.

  3. Browse to the location of a movie file. After finding a movie file, select it and press the Open button. The Video Import Wizard should appear:

[ the video import wizard for a QuickTime movie ]

  1. The Video Import Wizard will vary depending on your movie's format, so if you selected a non-QuickTime movie format, you may see something different than what is displayed in the above screenshot.
    Regardless of which movie format you have, press the Next button though.

  2. You will receive more options. Select the option for "Import the entire video." Press Next again. You should see the following screen:

[ the encoding options ]

  1. You can adjust your Compression profile from this screen. Here you will be able to fine-tune your movie for various connection settings. Select the option for DSL/Cable 256k, and press the Finish button.

  2. After a few seconds of processing, your video file should be displayed in your Flash stage! You can move the timeline slider around and preview your movie.

You are done importing a movie into Flash! If you publish your movie and preview the movie in your browser, you should see your movie in Flash.

In Flash MX 2004, you can import and use the following video file formats:
  • Quicktime (.mov)
  • Video for Windows (.avi)
  • MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg)
  • Digital Video (.dv, .dvi)
  • Windows Media (.asf, .wmv)
  • Macromedia Flash Video (.flv)

There are more options and settings that we skipped in this portion of the tutorial, but in the next page we will revisit those skipped settings and learn about editing your video.


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