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Old 09-01-2000, 06:59 AM   #1
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Question sorta OT: converting vids to flash

I have some clips of me autoxing last weekend, and I'd like to turn that into some kind of flash intro for my new site. Is that possible? I can turn the DV into .avi, .mpg, or realvideo.

Here's some low quality realvideo of what I wanna use:

Launching 250kb
Cornering 450kb

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Old 09-01-2000, 08:02 AM   #2
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Flash is more of a slide presentation than anything.

I've made some short Flash stuff and it's a pain in the ass to get everything going very well, and i'm not quite sure if what you want would be possible.
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Old 09-01-2000, 08:08 AM   #3
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Flash isn't really meant to do that kind of thing, but it certainly is not a slideshow tool either. That's what Powerpoint is. Flash is a great animation tool, it's decent at interface elements and it's becoming quite powerful, now that it has a scripting language in version 4 and 5.

You could do all kinds of things with those vids. Take successive screen grabs into Photoshop or Fireworks, posterize them and then take them into Flash and convert them to vector shapes. Then you could animate them with type flying over them if you like.

If you have questions on how to do something like this, let me know.

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Old 09-01-2000, 08:25 AM   #4
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Yeah, what Jeff said. Flash is meant for working with wireframe and vector graphics...photo quality graphics get way too large. If you actually want the video, your best bet is to read about the ;ltEMBED;gt command and just use Real or QuickTime.

If you want to use Flash, do what Jeff said. I'd take the "key" frames that look good. Entering the turn, starting the turn, apex of the turn, pulling out, full throttle down the straight. Six frames in all. Go into Photoshop and knock up the contrast and run a filter over it to make it as simple as possible.

Then, use Flash to do a fade out, fade in for each frame with the car moving around the track. Very simple, low bandwidth, and it'll look phat.

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Old 09-01-2000, 08:41 AM   #5
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isn't that what shockwave dose VS. flash?
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Old 09-01-2000, 09:16 AM   #6
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Flash was originally designed to be a pure vector animation program (it was called FutureSplash). Then, interface stuff like buttons were added, now, it has a scripting language (similar to Javascript). Flash isn't as sophisticated as Director, but it's only a few years old, whereas Director has been around for many years.

Shockwave content is built in Director (also a Macromedia tool). It was originally a CD-ROM tool, but when the market for CDs tanked it moved into the web. Director can do everything Flash can do and way more. It has a pretty sophisticated object-oriented programming language called Lingo, and can even include Flash animations and elements, as well as video and other media. It's awesome. I'm building a Shockwave video game in it right now.

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