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Some messages are simply best suited for video. In my mind, only video reveals the personality of a subject. Also, when a demonstration is needed, there's just nothing like a video. The majority of this hour dealt with the technical limits of video. Don't let that stop you. The price (extra work on your part and extra download time for the user) can definitely be worth it when necessary.

In this Hour you learned how to embed a video right into your file as well as how to create a Flash video file (.flv) and play it externally. Embedding a video may be easier and does provide the ability to step through each frame but when the video is longer, the added file size (to your main movie) isn't worth the cost of embedding it. Keeping an external .flv not only provides the best synchronization and video quality but the user only downloads the video's they request. There really are many more topics worth studying in Flash Video but this chapter touched on the primary points.

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    Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Flash 8 in 24 Hours
    Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Flash 8 in 24 Hours
    ISBN: 0672327546
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2006
    Pages: 235

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