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By Lisa Larson, Renee Costantini

Greater than only a programming advisor, this ebook takes you step-by-step throughout the strategy of collecting and getting ready content material, asking the precise questions, opting for the scope of the undertaking and writing the venture notion. The authors cull from their specialist event of operating their very own electronic media corporation to provide an explanation for the unique concerns in deploying Flash video purposes, providing rules for options in addition to counsel for averting the most typical pitfalls.

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This chapter outlines the steps to get you there. You’ll start by learning best practices for Flash video application design and the differences between progressive and streaming video. Then we will introduce you to some content delivery networks to serve up your content. When you finish this chapter, you’ll have a solid deployment plan, and you’ll have gotten your feet wet with some basic code to get video into Flash. Functionality and Flow CHAPTER 3: C R E AT I N G A V I D E O D E L I V E RY R O A D M A P ■ 38 As we’re sure you know by now, Flash is a flexible platform for developing applications and websites.

For example, you could change to a lower-quality video if the viewer’s connection slows down during playback. Or with live video, you could switch camera angles based on user interaction. You can even use the persistent connection to send data along with the video, such as a chat room or synchronized slides controlled by a live presenter. 1 Video Delivery Methods at a Glance Embed Video in SWF Short clips (5 seconds or less) Streaming X X X Long clips Timeline authoring X Audio sync problems X Caches content locally X Ability to seek ahead without downloading entire video No special hosting required Progressive Download X X X X Expensive to develop and host X Least buffer time X Built-in bandwidth detection X Most secure (DRM) X 45 ■ P R O G R E S S I V E O R S T R E A M I N G ?

Remember, you can always decrease quality but you cannot increase quality. qxd 5/23/07 12:29 AM Page 21 How Do I Create FLVs? There are several options for encoding videos into the FLV format. The best solution for you depends on your budget, system configuration, and project requirements. Before we get to those, let’s clarify what “encoding” actually is. Encoding is the compression of a video file using a codec. Codec stands for compressor/decompressor. It is an algorithm that encodes video (when writing the file) and decodes video (when viewing the file).

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