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Getting started with Flash video

New to Flash video? Just want to figure out how to put some Flash video on your website as quick and cheap as possible? This is for you. First, start with adding Flash video to a simple HTML page with Dreamweaver.

Adding Flash Video to HTML

For people that don't want all the bells and whistles interactivity of Flash, they just want to encode into Flash video format and put it on their web page, here are the options:

1. If you already have Dreamweaver MX 2004, you should just get the Macromedia Video Kit - this includes both encoding software and software to integrate the encoded Flash video into web pages. It's SRP $99 and info about it is here:


2. If you don't have Dreamweaver MX 2004 (or have earlier version), you'll need to buy/upgrade to Dreamweaver MX 2004 and then buy the Macromedia Video Kit. This costs $199 SRP for upgrades or $399 SRP for full versions.

Here is a great tutorial on how to use the Macromedia Video Kit with Dreamweaver:



Creating Interactive Video Experiences With Flash

For people that want to create more interactive Flash video experiences, here are their options:

1. Buy Flash MX or Flash MX 2004 (SRP $499)

This will enable you to encode into Flash video plus include video into Flash content.

2. If you don't already have Flash MX 2004, I'd suggest a better option is for you to purchase Flash MX Professional 2004. The Professional version includes a number of features for video usage including pre-built components plus the Flash Video Exporter - an application that enables existing NLEs and encoders that your users probably already have installed on their machines to output Flash video.

If you have a little extra budget, the best option is to purchase Macromedia Studio MX 2004 with Flash Professional (SRP $999). This gives you both Dreamweaver MX 2004 plus Flash MX Professional 2004.


Hosting Options

The cheapest way to get started with hosting Flash video is to just host the Flash video files on your normal web server. This is fine for relatively low traffic sites or sites that don't need a lot of interactivity or advanced video delivery features.

If you want to stream Flash video, there are two relatively inexpensive options:

A Personal Edition of Flash Communication Server costs $500 for up to 1Mbps peak traffic. Alternatively, the Flash Video Streaming Service LITE, powered by VitalStream, is a relatively low cost hosting option.


More info

You now know the easiest way to get started with Flash video, but now want to find out about other options, read the FLV how to article on the Macromedia Dev Center next.






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