Mike Chambers and Frog Design have done an excellent job compiling an alphabetical reference for all native ActionScript APIs for the Adobe technology platform runtimes: Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR, as well as the Adobe Flex framework APIs.
Use this guide both as an API reference and a tool to learn about the ActionScript APIs available within the runtimes. Mike says that this document is released under a Creative Commons license (people can redistribute, edit, and print). You could probably even have the source Adobe InDesign file if you wanted it. It’ll definitely be handed out at conferences — and maybe even the on AIR Tour now crisscrossing Europe.
April is just around the corner and so is a planned security update for Flash Player 9 to strengthen the security of the ubiquitous player. To ensure a seamless transition to the update, which may impact SWF content, check out Preparing for the Flash Player 9 April 2008 Security Update. This document provides an overview of the upcoming Flash Player changes, links to TechNotes, and relevant documentation to help you better prepare.
The Flash video templates have remained popular downloads in the Flash Developer Center. This “spokesperson presentation with synchronized graphics” template features video, labeled content keyframes that synchronize text and graphics to the video, and navigation buttons along the bottom. While the video plays, the keyframes appear at preset times and the navigation buttons highlight the relevant topic. When the user clicks one of the buttons, the video and content update themselves to that topic automatically.
Regulars of the Flash Developer Center will recognize this template from way back when it was first released with Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004. (Note that the presentation example talks about “Macromedia On-Demand” — hey, anything to keep fans of Mike Downey happy.) Anyway, Dan Carr updated it a couple of years ago for Flash Professional 8 and now it’s all ready for Flash CS3 — and ActionScript 3.0. Enjoy!
Sometimes what’s important is not a matter of posting new material on the Adobe Developer Connection but simply (simply?) reorganizing what’s already there, so that people can find what they’re looking for. Such is the case with our video-related articles, which for the most part have lived in the Flash Developer Center. That made sense when Flash MX Professional 2004 supported video better than ever.
These days, however, video isn’t always about the Flash authoring tool, so we moved that material out of /devnet/flash/ and into its own site: The Video Technology Center. Check it out!
The Video Technology Center puts the ever-popular Flash Video Learning Guide at the center. Major topic areas branch off from there.
If you work with video on the web — whether planning a video project, encoding FLVs, delivering video, using audio, or whatever — what resources do you need most? Are you getting what you need from Adobe.com or do you go elsewhere for helpful information about web video?
Hi there – I manage the Edge newsletter, another product from the Adobe Developer Connection team. A couple days ago, we launched the February edition of the Edge and there’s lots of great content in there… For example, we published an article about Adobe Media Player (AMP) and how to structure RSS feeds to play within AMP. Zach Stepek contributed an excellent article about Blaze DS, another open source effort from Adobe. Brian Rinaldi penned an article in which he compares Flex and Ajax – very interesting. And of course, there’s the ever-so popular edge of Flash column that Rob Ford, of FWA fame, cranks out each issue. As usual, Rob’s column is the most
Robert Reinhardt, author of Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Video Studio Techniques, has created a cool online calculator that helps you determine the optimal bitrate for encoding FLV files that you either embed on a web page or stream with Flash Media Server. This application augments the FLV bitrate spreadsheet that accompanies his book on the enclosed DVD-ROM.
Whenever I look at traffic patterns in the Flash Video Developer Center, I see that video-related topics rank high in popularity. Robert’s FLV bitrate calculator should prove to be very useful as you encode your FLVs. It includes helpful presets to get you started. Even if you decide to deviate from the recommended values for “talking head” or “action trailer” movies, knowing at least where to begin will save you time down the road:
The “Grid Quality: Best” link in the Video section of the calculator is also worth checking out. It lists optimal frame dimensions for Flash video.