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How can i time text and graphics to cue points in Flash .flv videos?

Posted on 2009-04-09
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I am familiar with older versions of Flash. But now, using Flash CS3 Pro, I'm having difficulty figuring out how to time text bullets, photos and graphics to my video clips. The videos are encoded with Flash CS3 encoder. I can add cue points to the video. I'm just confused as to how to access the cue points for text to appear on my timeline.

The Flash will consist of an on-screen talking head on one side (video of a person speaking). One the right side of the screen I will add bullets, captions, graphics, etc. that need to be timed to certain sentences in the video. I can accomplish this by simply adding each bullet to the timeline and dragging it out to the approximate duration of each sentence. This actually works very well, but is not precise.

I know the cue points are there, just need a push to help find out how to use them.

Thanks!
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Four days and not one response. Hello? Anyone out here?
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Thanks!
I haven't used Flash to this degree in a few years. I'm still thinking in "timeline" mode like the old Macromedia Director days, when you could add waits and pauses to a timeline!

I may need to rethink how I'm building these files. I have all text bullets timed out on the timeline, which works great once the video has cued up. But the first time a user loads the web page, the text gets ahead of the video. The more research I do, it seems having some Actionscript to control when each bullet appears may be the way to go - calling up a separate movie clip at cue points in the FLV for each bullet? Does this make sense to anyone?

I'm going to include a link to a screen capture of the Flash timeline.


demo-1.jpg
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by:BMXPRO
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This is (for some odd reason) not easy. There should be a "drag & drop" solution for this, rather than having to search high and low for a "programming" solution.

Thanks in advance for anyone that can turn on the lightbulb for me.
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After a lot of time searching for examples and tutorials, I found Adobe's own tutorial that accomplishes exactly what I need.

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/vidtemplate_corppreso.html

Some simple modifications such as removing the buttons (our videos are self-running), and it works!
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