Web designers and developers once faced several hurdles getting video onto the web: data-intensive video files that downloaded slowly over low-bandwidth connections and special players that users had to install to watch video in pop-up windows. Most people now access the web using high-bandwidth connections, and web designers and developers are standardizing on the F4V/FLV format. Video plays directly in the page through Adobe Flash Player without requiring additional plug-ins.
Adobe Flash Professional CS5 lets you easily put video on a web page in a format that almost anyone can view. This guide provides an introduction to web video, including information on how to create and publish video on the web. Explore the sections below to dive into whatever topic interests you.
Start things off right with this overview of key concepts and terminology related to web video and video formats.
Examine the variety of options for delivering video to Flash Player.
Learn how prerecorded web video is encoded and how to get best results when capturing video.
Learn the two general approaches to adding video to web pages: using Dreamweaver or Flash.
Get an overview of the key concepts involved in content synchronization and captioning.
Understand key concepts related to the NTSC and PAL video standards.
Note: This learning guide introduces core concepts of video on the web and provides you with tools for developing your skills. The Video section of the Using Flash Professional online documentation is the source of many of these materials. Always consult the Flash Professional online help first when learning to use new features in Flash. Also consult Adobe Premiere Pro Help and Support and Adobe After Effects Help and Support for links to tutorials and support issues.
Where to go from here
To learn more about working with video on the web, check out the following resources:
Note: If you have not upgraded yet to the latest version of Flash, you can check out the Flash CS3 version of this article.