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microsoft expressions split clips into multiple files

open expressions (select transcode project)

file->new job

import file

select all your encoding video/audio settings

set your clips (click on location in timeline then on the “insert edit at playhead button”)

at this point you may have assumed clips would have encoded into separate files but this is not how expressions works inherently

save your job in case you make a mistake

right click on the job file in the media window at the bottom left and select duplicate

all of your video/audio encoding settings and clips you set will be duplicated

you can now duplicate as many times for as many clips as you have and remove the excess clips, using the clips tab (window->clips) to make sure you don’t make mistakes by referencing the start/stop times

click encode and watch as many files are queued!

References
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc294634(v=expression.40).aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc294622(v=expression.40).aspx

erightsoft SUPER temp files

SUPER video encoder is a pretty handy UI for ffmpeg and mencoder processing, however, keep in mind this tool will create temp files on your hard disk during the encoding process.

Normally this is not an issue, as the temp files are deleted after processing is complete, however, if there are failures during processing or if you cancel the process, temp files may be leftover on your hard disk even if you were encoding to an external drive.

In the screenshot below, I encountered a 30gb video file during my travels which I had a tough time finding the right encoding method for that didn’t take too long. Cancelling the process twice caused a situation illustrated by the screenshot below:

erightsoft super video encoder temp files

erightsoft super video encoder temp files

Deleting the temp files is no problem of course, and to navigate to the appropriate directory simply open an explorer window and type %TEMP% in the Window path.

Convert Video to and from Adobe Flash .FLV format

The first three tools are Windows specific, with the last being cross-platform and especially necessary for linux users.

Super11
Link: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/SUPER
Not well known, but very robust software with good features and overall good functionality.

Riva FLV Encoder
Link: http://rivavx.com/?encoder
Similar to Any Video Converter (listed below). Depending on your needs, compare with Any and/or combine for best results. If you’re expecting some loss in quality and the end user won’t be watching playback in large streamed content then this or Any Video should work good for you.

Any Video Converter
Link: http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/
Good free product which gets the job done. A little less robust than Super in my opinion, and very similar to Riva as I stated above, but easier to use and probably better for quick youtube edits and uploads.

Adobe Media Encoder
Link: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/quickstart/video_encoder.html
This product does the job pretty well, and I have personally used it for managing some quicktime and .flv video conversions. Visually it is more impressive than the others, but I found overall speed to actually be a bit slower after various testing. There were also some issues on .flv’s that didn’t play audio or video properly after conversion which seemed to work in other editors/converters. Especially interesting in these cases is the videos were output from another Adobe product.. Overall very surprised that Adobe didn’t come out on top with regards to their own platform.

FFmpeg
Link: http://www.ffmpeg.org/
FFmpeg is really at the core of much video conversion on the web, including some of those listed above. If you can master utilizing this tool from command line, or if you’re natively on linux, this is for you. Searching for ffmpeg GUI or frontend will also return some good results if you’re rather not run the commands manually.

Load SWF from Fla file CS5

The title of this blog was my initial search in google upon looking for a way to load and play an external SWF file inside a new FLA project file.

In AS2, I recalled this was easily achieved using MovieClip, however, Adobe has deprecated this functionality in favor of the newer AS3 concept of “loader” objects.

See syntax below and references for helpful links:

var myLoader:Loader = new Loader(); 
addChild(myLoader); 
var url:URLRequest = new URLRequest("filename.swf"); 
myLoader.load(url); 

Slightly less orthodox, but code below works also. Note URLRequest can point to a local file or a remote SWF file on the web.

swfLoader = new Loader();
swfLoader.load(new URLRequest("filename.swf);
addchild(swfLoader); 

Can also be done using UI Loader:

import fl.containers.UILoader;

var myUILoader:UILoader = new UILoader();
myUILoader.source = "Rich Investor.swf";
myUILoader.move(0, 0);
myUILoader.scaleContent = false;

addChild(myUILoader);

Using Adobe Air in publish settings:

   package {

   import flash.display.Sprite;
    import flash.html.HTMLLoader;
    import flash.net.URLRequest;

    public class HTMLLoaderExample extends Sprite
    {
        public function HTMLLoaderExample()
        {
            var html:HTMLLoader = new HTMLLoader();
            var urlReq:URLRequest = new URLRequest("Rich Investor.htm");
            html.width = stage.stageWidth;
            html.height = stage.stageHeight;
            html.load(urlReq); 
            addChild(html);
        }
    }
   }

References
Load external SWF files into Flash Player, http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14190.html
Creating new MovieClips in ActionScript 3.0, http://blogs.adobe.com/pdehaan/2006/07/creating_new_movieclips_in_act.html
Loader vs MovieClip http://forums.adobe.com/thread/434686?tstart=1
Loader vs. UILoader, http://www.kirupa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=283920
Getting Started with AS3 and Flash CS3, http://www.actionscript.org/resources/articles/636/2/Getting-Started-With-AS3-and-Flash-CS3/Page2.html
UI Loader, http://www.gotoandlearnforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=17761
MovieClip (object) http://www.adobe.com/support/flash/action_scripts/actionscript_dictionary/actionscript_dictionary505.html
Loading a .swf file into a .fla file, http://www.flashmove.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9318
Add video to Flash, http://help.adobe.com/en_US/flash/cs/using/WSb03e830bd6f770ee-70a39d612436d472f4-7ff8.html
Externally loading SWF into movie clip, http://www.actionscript.org/forums/showthread.php3?t=156851