Using the Flash 8 Video Encoder Wizard
The Flash 8 Video Encoder is a way to convert video movies to FLV files.
1. Open the Flash 8 Video Encoder. The first screen is where you add the video to be
encoded. Click the Add button, navigate to the file to be encoded, and click on the Open
file to add the file to the queue.
2. Click on the Settings button. The Settings panel gives you tremendous control over the
The only thing you need to do is name the output file. If not already selected, click on the
Encoding Profiles tab. If you want to have a high band and low band file, then you can
have two files: movienameLowband and movienameHighband.
Use the Flash 8 – Medium Quality (400KPS) settings for the encoding profile.
The video tab allows you to choose between the Sorenson Spark or On2 VP6 codecs. If
your movie is targeted for Flash Player 7, then you must use the Sorenson Spark codec. If
you are using an alpha mask in a talking head video, you must use the On2 Vp6 codec.
You have seven choices for the Frame Rate selection. A good rule to follow is to match
the frame rate of the FLV to the FLA. I found it best to use the default setting, Same as
source, which will match up the FLV frame rate to the FLA, but you may want to adjust
the frame rate.
The Quality selection has nothing to do with the quality of the final output. It has to do
with the quality of the user’s experience. This is where you set the date rate for the video
stream into the user’s computer. Use the High quality setting for T1 or higher internet
connections. This setting will be fatal for the dial-up user. The best bet would be to stick
with the Medium setting.
The Audio tab let’s you select the audio encode rate. Stick with the default settings for
The Cue Points tab lets you crop and trim the start and stop points of the video. This is
helpful is you need to remove video from the beginning or end of the video clip.
It’s best to ignore the Crop and Resize tab. Changing the dimensions of a video will only
make it fuzzy. The most common dimensions for video are 320x240, 240x180 and
180x120, which is the usual 4:3 aspect video ratio. Use these dimensions when creating
the source video file, so you will not have to change the dimensions in the video encoder.
Once you have set the settings, click on the Okay button to get back to the Encoder
screen. Click on the Start Queue button to start the encoding process. The Time left
indicator will keep you informed of the encoding process. It you need to stop the process,
click on the Stop Queue button.