Flash Video 101: Authoring Flash Video with Dreamweaver
- Adding Flash Video to Web Pages with Dreamweaver
- Importing Flash Video into Dreamweaver
- Complete the Insert Flash Video Dialog Box for Streaming Video
- Generated Files
- Placing the Video Clip in a Table
A previous article in this series, "Flash Video 101: Flash Video Delivery Options," covered three ways to deliver Flash video. After choosing one of these delivery options, you next choose which authoring tool to use: Flash or Dreamweaver. Later articles will review techniques for authoring in Flash. For now, this article focuses solely on authoring your Flash video with Dreamweaver.
Adding Flash Video to Web Pages with Dreamweaver
Importing video directly into Dreamweaver is ideal for situations in which you want to put video onto your site quickly and easily, with no interactive elements beyond simple video controls (play, stop, pause, skip ahead, and skip backward).
For more advanced capabilities—such as adding interactivity, selecting from a wider range of custom interfaces, layering video with other Flash animation, or synchronizing the video with text and graphics—use Flash. To do this, you will need Flash Professional 8 or another third-party encoder, such as Flix Pro to encode Flash video (FLV) files.
Figure 1 The Dreamweaver Check Plugin behavior, in this case checking the presence or absence of Flash Player and directing the user to one of two web pages, based on the results of the check.