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This book will do exactly what they said wasn't possible by illustrating how video and sound can be integrated into your Flash presentations, placing you at the extreme edge of creative web design. The application of such tools as AfterEffects, QuickTime, SoundForge and Wildform test the boundaries of Flash and suggest ways to take sound and video beyond Flash and into the realms of Shockwave. Showing you how to break your site down and incorporate video and sound, the techniques covered in this book capitalise on the capabilities of Flash whilst tackling its limitations head-on. It will then look at how to take web ideo and sound a step further with Shockwave presentations.
Flash's tiny .swf files are great for quick-download animation, but adding more bandwidth-heavy sound and video elements has been seen until now as prohibitively difficult. Nevertheless, some of the top Flash designers have been breaking new ground by incorporating carefully optimized video and sound, streamed in to minimize download time. These designers, and their sites, have quickly stood out from the chasing pack of aspirant motion web designers.
There are a number of affordable third party pieces of software that can ease the use of video in Flash and Director and it is anticipated that this book will include tutorials that cover Wildform FX, AfterEffects, QuickTime and Beatnik amongst others. Rich Media Studio acknowledges the limitations of Motion Graphics packages and, using advanced tutorials focussed individually on sound and video, shows you how to work around the problems.