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How to Play Embedded Videos in Adobe Flash Timeline?

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Embedding Videos in Flash Files and Play In Timeline

Adding videos to eLearning courses is definitely an effective way to make your courses interesting and informative. However, including large size videos may raise downloading issues due to which the video doesn’t run smoothly.

As we have discussed in my last blog, there are 3 different options of delivering videos using Flash. You can embed a video file into a Flash file or progressively download and playback the video or deliver it using a streaming server.

Now let us discuss how to embed a Video (FLV) file into a Flash (SWF) file and play it in timeline.

Embed video into a Flash file

  • Go to File > choose Import > and click on import Video to the Flash document.

Import Video to the Flash document

  • Browse the video clip from your desktop and import it to the selected flash document.

Selected Flash Document

  • Then choose the second option “Embed FLV in SWF and play in timeline”.

Embed FLV in SWF and play in timeline

    • Click Next.
    • Then select the symbol type (Embedded video (Stage), Graphic or Movie Clip) with which you wish to embed the video into the Flash file.

As an Embedded Video, if you wish to use for linear playback within the timeline.

As a Movie Clip if you wish to have the control on the content. You can have the timeline of the video set differently from the main timeline this way.

As a Graphic if you wish to have the don’t want interact with the video and just want to have static images set to the man timeline and when you.

    • Then import the video clip directly to the Timeline or as a library item.

Based on the video playback length, Flash by default automatically extends the Timeline.

  • Then click Next.
  • Click Finish.

Click Finish
This is how videos get embedded into the flash file. And it appears on the Stage or in the library based on the embedding options that you have selected.

  • Finally you need to go to Property inspector (Window > Properties) to give an instance name to the video. And you can also make any changes in the properties of the embedded video if you wish to.

The process of embedding videos into flash files is the simplest way of delivering eLearning courses with videos among the three options that flash provides.

Hope you found this blog useful. But then there are also some limitations of using this option or some points you need to consider before opting it. In my next blog, I will discuss those limitations with you. So stay tuned! Please do share if you have any similar experiences.

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