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Do you want to master Flash video work, and work your way toward creating awesome, mind-blowing, interactive web applications? Well, don’t go any further this full color book is all you need to step into the future.

When Flash Professional 8 was released, it seemed as if we’d embarked on a web video revolution almost overnight. Up until then, web video was a morass of competing players, technologies, standards, codecs, and playback quality. The inclusion of the On2 VP6 codec, ...

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Overview

Do you want to master Flash video work, and work your way toward creating awesome, mind-blowing, interactive web applications? Well, don’t go any further this full color book is all you need to step into the future.

When Flash Professional 8 was released, it seemed as if we’d embarked on a web video revolution almost overnight. Up until then, web video was a morass of competing players, technologies, standards, codecs, and playback quality. The inclusion of the On2 VP6 codec, the FLV Playback component, alpha channel video, and the Flash 8 Video Encoder has ended the infancy of web video, creating an instant benchmark with no stops in between.

And this book is the ultimate guide to Flash 8 video it offers practical advice, technical guidance, and a full series of creative projects ranging from the dead simple to the complex in a manner that talks to you as an equal and makes only one assumption: basic familiarity with the Flash interface.

We start with the basicshow to edit video in some of the most popular packages available (such as iMovie and Movie Maker 2) and create a Flash video file and import it into Flash.

Next, we move on to the good stuffcreating a custom video player; creating an alpha channel video and using it in some spectacular projects; turning your creativity loose by applying filters and blend effects to video using the Flash interface and ActionScript; creating video walls, menus, and stunning masking effects; and exploring how Adobe After Effects 7 and Flash Professional 8 are poised to become a motion graphics powerhouse. Best of all, you will discover something the authors had discovered by the time they started writing this book...this stuff is fun!

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590596517
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 6/13/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Green is a professor of interactive media in the School of Media Studies at Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto. He has written four previous books on Macromedia technologies, and many articles for numerous magazines and web sites, including the MX Developers Journal, Community MX, and Computer arts. Lastly, he has spoken at over 20 conferences internationally, including FITC, MX North, Digital Design World, TODCON, and SparkEurope.

Born and raised in Toronto and now a resident of Guelph, Ontario, Jordan Chilcott�graduated from Radio College of Canada's Electronic Engineering Technology program in 1983, only to discover that he had a passion for computer programming. Spending his days working as a service technician, Jordan invested many sleepless nights teaching himself Assembly. He published his first program in 1985 and started learning higher-level languages such as C and C++. Jordan co-founded The Computer Software Specialists, now known as Interactivity Unlimited, and eventually left the computer hardware industry to focus on his passion for programming. Today, Jordan has written various web and kiosk applications for various industries including the automotive and airline industry, and programs in various languages, including ActionScript, ColdFusion, Java/J2EE, and C/C++/Objective C. When not programming, or administering the Dreamweaver-Talk list, he spends time with his wife, Joelle, and five children, Margot, Dina, Henry, Jack and Joshua; he has recently become a grandfather. Jordan also loves to compose, produce and record music, helping upcoming artists as well as producing movie soundtracks, is a wedding photographer with Joelle, and�has earned�a black belt in Goju Ryu Karate.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Creating an FLV using the video wizard and the Flash 8 video encoder 1
Ch. 2 Editing video for Flash 25
Ch. 3 Alternative FLV creation tools 43
Ch. 4 Creating Flash video using the FLV components 61
Ch. 5 "Talking head" video and alpha channels 77
Ch. 6 Adding filters and blend effects to Flash video 115
Ch. 7 Masking video 139
Ch. 8 Building video walls 167
Ch. 9 Choosing and playing multiple videos 199
Ch. 10 The camera object and Flash video 239
Ch. 11 ActionScript and Flash video 267
Ch. 12 Motion graphics using Adobe After Effects 7 and Flash Professional 8 293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    This is the fun stuff!!

    Foundation Flash 8 Video by Tom Green and Jordan Chilcott Publisher: Friends of Ed Copyright: 2006 ISBN:-13(pkb): 978-1-59059-651-7 This is the fun stuff!! ------------------------------ If you need some inspiration, this is a good book to read. It starts out basic and becomes advanced. It explains the whole video process from scratch. One part that I liked was the description of buffering. The book explains that the key to successful playback is the data rate and storing enough packets before the video starts. This author has fun with video. He is always showing you the amazing things you can do with a very small amount of code. He starts with showing you what the components can do and then ramps up with a very simple code sample that is required to connect a video object to a web server. Next Tom and Jordan go into Alpha Channels. They show you how to make a video clip with a green screen mask, attach it to a video object and add a drop shadow. Other exciting topics are: trim a video and use it like an ad banner, play video on video, adding cue points to trigger Flash events, and having someone walk across your web page in a browser. You can do amazing things like having a talking head discuss car models and adding a race car in another video zooming by in the background. Filters are discussed and how they are added to a video embedded in a movie clip. He warns you that adding filters can be processor intensive. Some of the things you learn are: moving your mouse across a video and creating trail of blur as you go. Also projecting a video onto an underlying image with a screen blend mode. Masking videos is discussed. You can create a mask in Illustrator, drag it into Flash and make it a mask layer. In Illustrator you would apply the roughen filter to 0.5 and the chalk scribble brush stroke. This would be placed as another copy above the mask to enable the details of the artwork to show. Tom and Jordan show you how to fill Times Square with your own videos by removing the ads, and making masks for your own video feeds. There is quite a lot of information about building a video wall. He explains getting the Flash Media Server 2 for no charge. One of the crucial things about working with video the authors say is 'Watching the pipe'. This means always considering how much bandwidth you are using. This book is not a complete resource on the Flash Media Server 2 or After Effects but, it touches on them just enough to get you interested. The authors even leave you with a bit of information on video cameras and how to hook them up with just 2 lines of code. I enjoyed the fun approach in this book and its simplification of a complex topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

    A Good Place To Start

    Title: Foundation Flash 8 Video Author: Green & Chilcott Publisher: Apress/FriendsofEd Begins with an overview of video file formats with brief descriptions of each. The various steps involved in creating an FLV file are covered using the Video Wizard and the Flash 8 Video Encoder. Ample screenshots with settings selected are provided, as are descriptions of all the menu options, etc. Basic video editing is described using readily available programs like MovieMaker and iMovie. Alternative FLV creation tools such as Sorenson Squeeze and ON2Flix are covered also, with start-to-finish examples provided for both. FLV components as well as the video object are introduced also. Alpha channels and keying are described with various tutorials using Premiere Pro, After Effects, and FinalCut Pro. Using a single clip, users learn how to remove background from video with these applications. The keying plugins used in the Adobe program tutorials are specific to the Creative Suite Production Bundle. Users of the standalone versions of these programs will be able to achieve the same results using other included plugins. Filters, blend effects, and masking provide an insight into the creative potential of Flash video. One compositing tutorial I found particularly useful used a single FLV file to demonstrate the different effects possible using drop shadows. Others use Illustrator shapes to create masks, and ActionScript code samples enable the manipulation of mask color as well as creating motion. Other useful topics with their own chapters include creating video walls and choosing and playing multiple videos. Bandwidth issues and their importance are stressed several times here. Streaming video using the camera object is described in detail, as well as creating a video box and flipping video. The creative possiblities seem endless. If you have a webcam installed, you can see yourself on multiple billboards in Times Square using the Chapter 10 tutorials. The last two chapters get further into ActionScript and motion graphics using After Effects. The book itself provides a solid introduction to Flash video, and demonstrates the many ways Flash now increasingly interacts with other programs. The tutorials are straight-forward and practical, and keep the reader interested. Like other FriendsofEd books, all the source files are

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    Excellent Introduction to the Tools and Techniques

    Foundation Flash 8 Video delivers on the promise of the title to start from zero and build up. And the authors accomplish this in a very cordial way. The first chapter is all about getting up to speed quickly, from a captured file to web-ready right away. This approach builds confidence in the reader at the start, getting their hands dirty in the first couple of pages, and seeing succes within minutes. In fact, the best part of the book is the conversational, instructional tone of authors Tom Green and Jordan Chilcott. The text flows very nicely in measured doses, complete with summaries, incidental notes, caveats and gotchas. The net effect is to make the book worth reading, rather than skimming for tidbits. I was especially impressed with the discussion of choices, which is generally lacking in instructional books. The authors take care to point out that some options are chosen arbitrarily, and others have specific impact on workflow or quality, and they do it at the right time - not in an afterward, external reference, or in some obsure footnote that few people notice and fewer actually read. Aside from the mechanics of learning the applications and features, this made me feel like I understood the processes. Within the chapters are discussions on specific video capture and converting tools, editing applications and methods, and some consideration of how it all works together. While the focus is definitely Flash 8, the tool itself does not exist in a vacuum, so these additions are welcome and enlightening. Nearly a third of the book is devoted to integration and alternate appraoches. Most of the rest of the book talks about common situations and solutions involving Flash video, with additional chapters how various effects can be achieved using Flash's unique and surprisingly powerful built-in tools. Something I really appreciated was the inclusion of Actionscript control and interaction. Most videos I've seen online are geared towards entertainment only, with little to no interaction, and virtually all production being done off-line. This is basically 'static' video, as I am now learning. With Actionscript, videos can react to data feeds, user input, or just random events. Chilcott and Green give just enough information to whet one's whistle for more advanced scripting. Again, this is true to the title of 'Foundation'. Overall, I'm very impressed with the balance of technical information and instructional conversation. The information is broad enough, and of an appropriate level for a beginner. I suspect that even video pros might get something out of this book in terms of using Flash specifically, and the scripting capabilities. And with sites like YouTube making video commonplace, we might as well make a splash with style.

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