From The Focal Easy Guide to Macromedia Flash 8: For New Users and Professionals

Digitizing Video

You cannot use Flash to take video directly from a tape or a camera. You will need to use a video-editing program like Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie or Final Cut Pro for this.

In order to bring video into your computer, it must first be converted into a digital form that your computer will understand.

There are several ways to do this:

  1. Use a digital video camera and input/output the video via an IEEE 1394/Firewire cable connected from the camera to an IEEE 1394/Firewire port on the computer.

  2. Use a traditional analogue camera or video deck and connect this to a video capture card installed inside your computer. This will convert the information from analogue to digital.

  3. Create moving images in the computer with an animation program.


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Using Video in Flash

Video can be imported as:

  • Macromedia Flash Video (FLV)

Flash will also allow you to import the following moving image file formats if you are on a Mac or PC with QuickTime 7 or later installed:

  • AVI

  • MPEG (will not import audio on a Mac)

  • QuickTime

If you are on a PC and have DirectX 9 or later installed, you can also import the following formats:

  • AVI

  • MPEG

  • Windows Media

Video files are imported using either Sorenson Spark compression or On2 depending on whether you intend to publish to Flash...

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