Import Video to Flash Timeline

Import Video to Flash Timeline

Flash CS4 Tutorial


How to Import Video Footage to Flash Timeline



This method of importing a .mov (QuickTime) file places the movie on the main timeline at a specified keyframe. The movie is actually embedded into the timeline and becomes part of the swf file.

To make this work you must first convert your QuickTime movie to a flv file. For more information see topic Converting a Movie to a flv File. A more common way to use video involves linking to an external flv or f4v file. For information on linking, see topic, Importing a flv File (Linked).

Tutorial Elements

A flv file in a separate folder named Video


Step One

Add a new layer called Video, select the first keyframe and save your file.

Step Two

Choose File > Import > Import Video.

Step Three

Click the Browse button next to the File Path: box to navigate to your flv movie file. To use this method the it must be flv file, not f4v.

Step Four

Choose Embed FLV in SWF and play in timeline,then click Continue.

Step Five

Use the defaults for the Embedding screen and click Continue.

Step Six

The summary screen appears. It describes the flv file location and tells you that the timeline will be extended to match the flv file length. Click Finish to import your movie.

Step Seven

The movie is imported to the timeline.

Step Eight

To render your swf file, press Cmd/Return (PC-Ctrl/Enter).

Embedded Video Limitations

Using this method will increase your swf file size and works best with movies with no audio because of sync problems.

Pay Attention to Frame Rate

Your imported flv file should be set to the same frame rate as your final swf file. For instance, if you import a 5 second 24 fps flv file into your fla file, the movie will play at the fla file frame rate. In this example, if the fla file is set to 18 fps, then the imported movie will be extented to 6.4 seconds.