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Adobe Flash CS4: Video Development

Flash CS3: Video Development provides students with the knowledge and hands-on practice they need to deliver high-quality Flash Video over the internet using Flash CS3 Professional. Topics include developing a rich media player using the Flash CS3 Professional pre-built components as well as ActionScript; using high-quality encoding techniques, including the new Flash Video codec enabling the delivery of high quality video; creating live video; and exporting the alpha-channeling and video color filters. This course will focus on delivering the best experience possible with Flash Video, exploring bandwidth scaling, progressive downloading, and streaming with the Flash Media Server and Flash Video Streaming Services. This is a 3 day course.

Duration: 3 days

Price: 1095.00
GSA Price: 1048.05
Online Price: 1245.00

Course Prerequisites

This course is for developers with extensive experience with Adobe Flash. To take this course, you should:

Course Objectives

After taking this course you should be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Encode video for use in different scenarios
  • Deliever video through the Flash Media Server
  • Add Flash Video effects to your media
  • Create your own media player
  • Stream live video

Course Outline

Unit 1: Course Overview

  • Getting familiar with the course methodology and format
  • Understanding the course objectives
  • Understanding the course prerequisites
  • Viewing the course outline

Unit 2: Introducing Flash Video

  • Defining streaming
  • Defining digital video
  • Understanding key Flash Video concepts
  • Looking at the evolution of Flash Video
  • Viewing Flash Video market adoption statistics
  • Examining the streaming video market
  • Identifying key benefits of Flash Video over traditional media
  • Introducing the Flash Media Server for streaming video

Unit 3: Building Component Based Media Players using Flash CS4

  • Understanding the Flash Video development workflow
  • Building a media player with the FLVPlayback component
  • Building a media player with FLVPlayback Custom UI components
  • Using components and events to control video playback
  • Building a playlist and video picker
  • Skinning FLVPlayback Custom UI components

Unit 4: Encoding Flash CS4 Video

  • Understanding the Flash Video formats
  • Introducing CODECs and video encoding
  • Converting to FLV using the Flash Video Encoder
  • Understanding the new video formats Flash CS4 (including High Definition)
  • Understanding bandwidth and data rate
  • Using advanced encoding settings
  • Adding cue points, cropping, and trimming
  • Using encoding best practices

Unit 5: Delivering Flash Video

  • Understanding video delivery options
  • Comparing Embedded and Progressive Download
  • Streaming Flash Video
  • Using Flash Video Streaming Services
  • Using Flash Media Server

Unit 6: Reviewing ActionScript

  • Reviewing ActionScript basics
  • Using Media Components properties
  • Using Media Component methods
  • Handling Media component events
  • Using ActionScript to control the Media components

Unit 7: Building a Custom Media Player

  • Understanding the process for building a custom media player
  • Learning the ActionScript required for streaming
  • Creating a connection to the server
  • Controlling and managing streams
  • Introducing and using the embedded Video object
  • Adding video playback filters
  • Using the Sound class to manage audio
  • Listening and responding to stream events

Unit 8: Adding Flash Video effects

  • Understanding filters, blends, and masks
  • Masking the FLVPlayback component
  • Importing alpha channels with video
  • Creating a Flash movie that uses video with alpha channels
  • Understanding differences between author-time and run-time effects
  • Embedding the FLVPlayback component inside a MovieClip
  • Using blend modes
  • Using ActionScript to apply filters

Unit 9: Enhancing the User Experience

  • Understanding the importance of the user experience
  • Creating auto detection for bandwidth, Flash Player version, and connection speed
  • Creating playback controls
  • Using full screen playback
  • Creating error handling

Unit 10: Working with Cue Points and User Accessibility

  • Introducing embedded cue points
  • Understanding accessibility issues for video playback
  • Adding closed captioning
  • Listening for keyboard events
  • Controlling video with keyboard commands

Unit 11: Using Live Video

  • Introducing live video
  • Using the live video encoder
  • Setting the live encoder
  • Recording a live stream
  • Playing a live stream
  • Creating bandwidth strategies
  • Introducing Flash Media Encoder 2.5

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