Flash Video combines superb quality and Flash's amazing design flexibility and ubiquity. To leverage all that power, read this book -- and follow its step-by-step, hands-on instructions all the way through production.
Stefan Richter and Jan Ozer jump right in with a Quick Start project that walks you through encoding existing footage in FLX format, bringing it into Flash, exporting SWF, and deploying online. Next, they step back, helping you address the issues you should know about before you even get started -- from planning target output to set design and lighting.
You'll master specific streaming-related shooting skills (from minimizing motion to producing soft backgrounds); then walk through correcting problems, preparing for compression, producing Alpha channel video, encoding, uploading, customizing playback, using effects, and more. There's also a full section on Flash Media Server, from the basics to virtual directories and beyond. This is one thoroughly empowering book. Bill Camarda, from the November 2007 Read Only