Foundation Flash 8 Video

0 comments | Posted: 24 November 06 in Books, by Nathan Smith

Foundation Flash 8 Video For years, video professionals have used Apple software and hardware to do video editing. The usual suspects include Final Cut Pro and the Quicktime format. While this still remains true today, the method for delivery online has changed drastically in the past few years. Gone are the days of codec incompatibility headaches or whether your site users even have the correct software installed. Anyone remember Real Player? Yeah, me neither.

Today, any online video worth watching is served up almost exclusively using Flash. Major sites that employ this technology include the 800 lb gorillas of Google Video and Yahoo Video. When young sites like YouTube are being bought and sold for figures like 1.65 billion dollars, people start paying attention. Even Ze Frank has recently switched up The Show, offering it in both Quicktime and Flash flavors.

Needless to say, if you do multimedia on the web then you have probably already begun to learn more about Flash video. If that is the case, then you will definitely want to pick up a copy of Foundation Flash 8 Video. It was written by Tom Green and Jordan Chilcott, both of whom really know their way around Flash and relate it well through their writing. The book covers an array of topics such as: basic video encoding, complex masks and alpha channels, adding live filters and effects, ActionScript playback, and building video walls…

Matrix video wall

I did a site recently that required use of Flash video – AndrewLogsdon.com. For this site, I used SWFObject to detect the presence of Flash player 8 or higher. If it is not found, or JavaScript is off, then the users are presented with the option to download an iPod-ready mov file, or an avi. Doing video like this helps accommodate the widest audience possible.

It is tough to write a book review for something like this, because so much of it pertains to that which is auditory and visually related. Words can’t really do it justice, since it is best experienced by following along with their examples. Suffice it to say this is a book which will remain on my bookshelf – one I will refer back to whenever I am building a site that requires video content.

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