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Old 07-30-2009, 12:56 AM   #1
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I'm working on a website where the client wants the landing page (index.html) to start by having an animation that was created in After Effects, followed by a link beneath that says ENTER SITE.

What I'd like to know is if I'm going about this in the write manner.

First I created the animation in AF and exported it as an animation file. I then converted the ANIM using Adobe Media Encoder CS4 to a FLV.

Now:
1: Do I import the FLV in flash and add a preloader then publish it to a swf?

2: Or do I just insert the FLV directly in Dreamweaver?

I'm a little worried if I take the second option that viewers with a slower internet connection won't have the FLV load fast enough.

The FLV is 3.9MB in size fyi...

What would be the right way in doing this?
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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You need to convert the file to an swf file for viewing online.

A flash animation of that size (although depending on your settings it might get smaller) will take a while to get loaded no matter what the connection speed and, in all likelihood, you'll loose a lot of people who won't wait.

I'd limit the flash to a banner or other small area and reduce the file size dramatically. That way users can view other content while waiting for it to load.

Generally large flash elements (or all flash pages) are a bad idea IMHO. If you do have a large slow loading flash file I'd recommend at least letting the user decide whether or not the want to view it.
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:27 PM   #3
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You need to convert the file to an swf file for viewing online.
The FLV file needs not to be converted. What you need is a SWF file to play the FLV file. This can be done both in Flash and in DW.

Use the Media Encoder again to optimize the movie. +3 mb is too much.
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Old 07-30-2009, 05:50 PM   #4
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Domedia is absolutely correct. I was confusing my file formats.
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+3 mb is too much.
on my connection speed it would be waiting for more that 5 minutes, gone already long ago
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on my connection speed it would be waiting for more that 5 minutes, gone already long ago
I have a flash movie embedded here using Flash's built in FLV player...

www.lincolnshire-bombers.com . . .

It's 4.9mb but loads pretty quick on 2mb... It's not integral to the page though so you can afford to wait... I'd like to know how fast it loads for other people though.

What speed are you on Ed? (not a drug reference)

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at the moment 2 kbs a fortnight i think. not a happy camper. broadband is ridiculous here and expensive
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:56 PM   #8
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I'd like to know how fast it loads for other people
Rob, I have an ADSL2 connection (10-20 mbs downloads) and found your flash video loaded instantly, having said that I did experienced your main background image to load a tad slow a little under 2sec.

I respect that all the moderators have advised me not to place such a large file as my landing page, but how do you tell this client otherwise.

Anyway I had great difficulty with this project, I found importing the FLV in flash and then trying to publish it to an SWF just wouldn't working. The published SWF with HTML worked fine when previewed from my desktop, but after uploading it to my server, the FLV wouldn't play EXAMPLE HERE.

So instead I created a div box in dreamweaver and embedded the FLV with a player (which only appears if you hover over the animation) and uploaded that. Worked perfect Check it out

Rob maybe you can help me out with doing this in flash the proper way? or should I purchase some Flash tuts.... out of a scale of 10, I'm about 4-5 with flash....
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It works fine here but I have a cable connection. I believe the FLV streams so that it doesn't need to wait for the whole file to download.

My advice was based upon some assumptions about the page that didn't turn out to be true.

Given the way you've used it (I have the option of playing it or not and I can turn the sound off) and the fact that the rest of the page is visible I'd say you've done a nice job with it.
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It works fine here but I have a cable connection. I believe the FLV streams so that it doesn't need to wait for the whole file to download.
Yeah, that's how mine is set up. You're not waiting for 5mb to download before it starts...

Blimp... what version of Flash are you using?
Here's how to do it with CS4... (or rather how I did it... )

1: File > Import > Import Video

2: Browse to the video (FLV) and select "Load external video with playback component" - This is Flash's built in player for web - Hit 'Continue'.

3: Choose your playback skin (You can choose none) and a background color. "Continue" "Finish"

4: Done. Easy yeah?

That should get you a player that will play the FLV as a stream...

Hope that helps...

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