From The Focal Easy Guide to Macromedia Flash 8: For New Users and Professionals
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:
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.
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.
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:
MPEG (will not import audio on a Mac)
If you are on a PC and have DirectX 9 or later installed, you can also import the following formats:
Video files are imported using either Sorenson Spark compression or On2 depending on whether you intend to publish to Flash...
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