Do you realize how powerful and efficient Flash video has become? Maybe you’ve never even tried it. Maybe you’re still using it the old-fashioned way: embedding video into the timeline, struggling to synchronize frame rates. Either way, Foundation Flash 8 Video will be a revelation.
Jordan Chilcott and Tom Green cover the subject from soup to nuts. You’ll start by creating FLV files: with Flash 8, of course, but also competitive tools like Sorenson Squeeze and On2 Flix. You’ll master Flash 8’s remarkable video UI components, then learn how to use -- get this -- alpha channels. (Think “video-on-video,” filters, blends, masks...) You’ll learn how to build video walls and do some surprising things with webcams. You’ll even incorporate After Effects motion graphics into your Flash video -- making you “first on the block” with a technique you’ll soon see everywhere. Bill Camarda, from the August 2006 Read Only