Archive for December, 2007

Flash CS3 (9.0.2) Supports New Video and Audio Codecs; FLVPlayback Works, But …

Thursday, December 13th, 2007
ActionScript 3.0 Flash

If you want to be able to deliver non-FLV video in Flash (how cool is that?!), head over to the Adobe Flash Support Center and download the Adobe Flash Player Update for Flash CS3 Professional (9.0.2).  The result?  At runtime, you’ll be able to load MOV and MP4 files encoded in the H.264 hi-def codec.  This is in addition to the usual FLV, and we’re talking Flash Player 9 only (specifically, version 9.0.115.0 or higher).  You’ll also be able to load M4A audio instead of only MP3.  The upgrade to the IDE allows you to view such content as you test and debug SWFs right in the authoring environment.  I’ve already installed and tested, and the update works … but I have seen one stumbling block.  You can work around it — in fact, you can work right through it — but it isn’t especially obvious.  Keep reading »

MP3 Cue Points Article Updated on Adobe Developer Connection

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
ActionScript 2.0 ActionScript 3.0

I wrote a cue points article last year (October, 2006) for what was then called the Adobe Dev Center.  One of the editors recently asked me to update that article for Flash CS3, which I was happy to do.  It’s now available on the Adobe Developer Connection at the following URL.

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/actionscript/articles/cue_points_audio.html

If you’re looking for a way to assign cue points to audio files (especially MP3 files loaded at runtime), I hope you find this article useful.  It steps through a custom SoundSync class in ActionScript 2.0 and 3.0.