Continuing my review of the different types of content that you can insert into Dreamweaver CS5 we now come to Video. It's very easy to add Flash Video files in the FLV format to your Web Pages without using the Flash Authoring Tool. If you open up the flash video file in the Work Files folder you'll find this file and if you go into Live View, press the Play button, notice that this will play a short little video here complete with a Control Strip here for Pausing, Stopping and Playing the video as well as a little Volume control for muting and turning on the volume. Go ahead and stop that and move out of Live View. You can download FLV files from popular video streaming sites like YouTube using a variety of tools. I like to use a free Firefox plug-in called Download Helper to convert an existing video file to the FLV format. You can use a number of free or inexpensive video conversion utilities. Do a Google check on FLV Converters. These are options if you don't have Flash Professional. If you do have Flash Professional one of the versions you can use the Adobe Media Converter to complete these conversions. This is a standalone application that ships with Flash Professional. Now when you do insert FLV files into Dreamweaver, Dreamweaver doesn't actually insert the video file into the document. It inserts an SWF component very similar to the SWF file that we inserted in the previous movie. This is a component that displays the FLV file when viewed in a browser. This component displays the selected FLV file as well as a set of playback controls that you saw here on the bottom. Again, it's important that this video file is in your Local Root Folder and that you keep track of it because it's not contained in this Dreamweaver document. Again, if we look at the Source Code all you'll see here is the code that sets up the parameters for playing the video as well as the SWF file player and then the link to the video itself, the FLV file. So be sure to upload that FLV file and any associated files that come with the skin. They call it a skin. That's the video playback player there on the bottom. Make sure you upload all those documents to your server or this video will not play back when you move it. Let me now review the procedures for inserting and setting the properties of your FLV Videos. First off, let's move into Design View and let's delete this existing video and then choose from the Main Menu, Insert, Media. This time we're going to choose FLV. That'll bring up the Insert FLV dialog box where you can choose the Video type: Progressive Download or Streaming Video. Progressive Downloaded Video is probably the one you'll want to start with. This downloads the FLV file to the site visitor's hard disk and then plays it. Unlike traditional download and play methods of video delivery, however, Progressive Download allows a video file to start playing before the download is complete. The other option, Streaming Video, the video content is played on the Web page after a short buffer period that ensures smooth playback. To enable Streaming Video on your Web Pages you must have access to Adobe Flash Media Server. The most common method for doing that is to hire the services of a media server and serve your streaming video from that server using the Server URL box down here below. Using either of these methods, Streaming Video or Progressive Download, you must have an encoded FLV file before you can use it in Dreamweaver. You can insert video files created with two kinds of Codecs. These are Compression Decompression technologies. You'll want to write these down: Sorenson Squeeze or the On2 VP Codec. Also you should know that to view FLV files your users must have the Flash Player 8 or later installed on their computers. If a user does not have the required version of Flash or any Flash Player installed the user will just see a gray rectangle. With the later versions of Dreamweaver, including Dreamweaver CS5, Dreamweaver inserts code that detects whether the user has the correct version of Flash Player to view the video, or any Flash Player. If the user does not have the correct version or no player at all the page displays alternative content that prompts the user to download the latest version of the Flash Player. When choosing the Progressive Download Video option here in the URL textbox you'll need to then browse to the location of the video you want to insert. Let's do Sample NTSC2 from the Work Files folder. Again, this must be in your Local Root Folder or this video file will break the next time you open up Dreamweaver to play this file back. I've chosen a relative path here to my Local Root Folder. You can also choose to specify an absolute path by typing the URL. For example: www.example.com myvideo.flv. The Skin specifies the appearance of the video component. A preview of the selected Skin appears beneath the drop-down menu here. Shows a variety of Skins that come preinstalled with Dreamweaver. You can go to the Dreamweaver Exchange site and look for additional video playback skins. The Width and Height specifies the dimensions of the FLV file. You'll need to put in the dimensions or, more commonly, you'll just click on the Detect Size and that will detect the size of the FLV file you're bringing in. If you don't do that you'll get an error when you click on the OK button to close the dialog. Auto play will automatically play the video when it loads into the browser. Auto rewind specifies whether the playback control returns to the starting position after the video finishes playing. Click OK then to close the dialog box and add the FLV file to your Web Page. Another important reminder, if the Insert FLV command here generates a video player SWF file and a Skin SWF file that are used to display your video content on a Web Page, these files will be stored and saved in the same directory as the HTML file, the Dreamweaver document here that you're saving. So, again, if you do move all these files make sure these SWF files as well as your FLV file get moved along with this HTML file. That's the number one problem my students have is that they will get it working at home, show it to me in the lab, or e-mail me the content and the video is not playing because they left these files behind. So there you have it. Pretty straightforward process for very easily playing back video content in Dreamweaver CS5.
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF USE
BY SUBSCRIBING TO THIS SERVICE, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO BE BOUND BY AND ARE BECOMING A PARTY TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF WHICH SHALL PREVAIL IN GOVERNING YOUR RIGHTS OF USE. BY CLICKING THE "BECOME A MEMBER" BUTTON, THE INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY LICENSING THE PRODUCT ("YOU") IS CONSENTING TO BE BOUND BY AND IS BECOMING A PARTY TO THIS AGREEMENT. IF LICENSEE DOES NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, THE BUTTON INDICATING "BECOME A MEMBER" MUST NOT BE SELECTED, AND LICENSEE MUST NOT INSTALL OR USE THE SOFTWARE.
"VTC" refers to Virtual Training Company,
"You" refers to the user or subscriber.
"Software" refers to the VTC training content and software.
2. LICENSE: VTC hereby grants to You a worldwide, non-royalty bearing, non-exclusive license to use the Software according to the provisions contained herein and subject to payment of the applicable subscription fees.
3. RESTRICTIONS: You may not do any of the following:
Save the Software to Your hard disk or other storage
medium; permit others to use the Software except as specified by addendum;
modify, reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the Software; make
derivative works based on the Software; publish or otherwise disseminate
the Software. VTC, Inc., VTC Online University, and the Virtual Training
Company site is owned and operated by VTC, Inc. as a corporation of
All materials on this site are the property of VTC unless otherwise specified. No material from these pages may be copied, reproduced, republished, downloaded, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way. Modification of the materials or use of the materials for any other purpose is a violation of U.S. copyright law and other proprietary rights. For purposes of this Agreement, the use of any such material on any other web site or networked computer environment is prohibited.
4. FEES: The rights granted under this Agreement
are effective only upon payment of the subscription fees, which are
strictly non-refundable other than as expressly provided herein. The
term "monthly subscription" is defined as any 30 day period.
The term "yearly subscription" is defined as one 365 day
period. A yearly subscription ends on the same numerical date as it
began (example July 28, 2004 to July 28, 2005).
The VTC Online University is access to every VTC training tutorial in our library. You pay a flat fee for access to these titles. You are billed according to your renewal selection below, and can renew monthly, yearly, or in any other increment offered. If you choose to be billed monthly, you will be billed every 30 days for the subscription until you request the subscription be cancelled. Our terms of service state that you must cancel a monthly subscription at least two business days before your renewal date. These two days give us enough time to ensure that you will not be charged again.
5. LIMITED WARRANTY: VTC warrants that the Software, if operated as directed, will substantially achieve the functionality described. VTC does not warrant, however, that Your use of the Software will be uninterrupted or that the operation of the Software will be error-free or secure. In addition, the security mechanisms implemented by the Software have inherent limitations, and You must determine that the Software sufficiently meets Your requirements. VTC also warrants that the media containing the Software, if provided by VTC, is free from defects in material from the date You acquired the Software. VTC's sole liability for any breach of this warranty shall be, in VTC's sole discretion: (i) to replace Your defective media or Software; or (ii) to advise You how to achieve substantially the same functionality with the Software as described; or (iii) if the above remedies are impracticable, to refund the subscription fee You paid for the Software. Only if You inform VTC of Your problem with the Software during the applicable subscription period will VTC be obligated to honor this warranty. VTC will use reasonable commercial efforts to repair, replace, advise, or refund pursuant to the foregoing warranty within thirty (30) days of being so notified. If any modifications are made to the Software by You during the warranty period; if the medium is subjected to accident, abuse, or improper use; or if You violate the terms of this Agreement, then this warranty shall immediately terminate. This warranty shall not apply if the Software is used on or in conjunction with hardware or software other than the unmodified version of hardware and software with which the Software was designed to be used as described.
THIS IS A LIMITED WARRANTY, AND IT IS THE ONLY WARRANTY MADE BY VTC OR ITS SUPPLIERS. VTC MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES' RIGHTS. YOU MAY HAVE OTHER STATUTORY RIGHTS. HOWEVER, TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE DURATION OF STATUTORILY REQUIRED WARRANTIES, IF ANY, SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE ABOVE LIMITED WARRANTY PERIOD. MOREOVER, IN NO EVENT WILL WARRANTIES PROVIDED BY LAW, IF ANY, APPLY UNLESS THEY ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY BY STATUTE NOTWITHSTANDING THEIR EXCLUSION BY CONTRACT. NO DEALER, AGENT, OR EMPLOYEE OF VTC IS AUTHORIZED TO MAKE ANY MODIFICATIONS, EXTENSIONS, OR ADDITIONS TO THIS LIMITED WARRANTY.
6. PROPRIETARY RIGHTS: VTC reserves all proprietary rights in and to the Software, is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws and by international treaties. VTC, Inc.
Trademark Notice: VTC, Virtual Training Company,
Inc., The VTC Logo, and VTC Online University, are trademarks of VTC,
Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their
The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. Copyright © 1995 - 2005 VTC, Inc. All rights reserved.
7. TERMINATION: This Agreement shall automatically terminate if You fail to comply with the restrictions described herein. Your obligations to pay outstanding subscription fees shall survive any termination of this Agreement.
8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES
AND UNDER NO LEGAL THEORY, TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, SHALL VTC
OR ITS SUPPLIERS OR RESELLERS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON
FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF
ANY CHARACTER, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF GOODWILL,
WORK STOPPAGE, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, OR ANY AND ALL OTHER
COMMERCIAL DAMAGES OR LOSSES. IN NO EVENT WILL VTC BE LIABLE FOR ANY
DAMAGES IN EXCESS OF THE AMOUNT VTC RECEIVED FROM YOU FOR A LICENSE
TO THE SOFTWARE, EVEN IF VTC SHALL HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY
DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY CLAIM BY ANY OTHER PARTY. THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL NOT APPLY TO LIABILITY FOR DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY RESULTING FROM VTC'S NEGLIGENCE TO THE EXTENT APPLICABLE LAW PROHIBITS SUCH LIMITATION. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THIS EXCLUSION AND LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
9. Links To Other Materials: Linked sites found at the VTC site are not under the control of VTC, and we are not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. VTC may change links based solely on our discretion, and we reserve the right to terminate any link or linking program at any time. VTC does not, by linking to sites, endorse companies or products to which it links and reserves the right to note as such on its web pages. If you decide to access any of the third party sites linked to this site, you do this entirely at your own risk.
Forums, and Chat are not always screened by VTC, and we are not responsible for the content of any public or open forum content at the site. VTC may change these public forums based solely on our discretion, and we reserve the right to terminate any forum at any time. VTC does not, by allowing these forums, endorse companies or products which may be mentioned in these forums, and reserves the right to note as such on its web pages. If you decide to access any of the public forums in this site, or linked to this site, you do this entirely at your own risk.
9. GOVERNING LAW & DISPUTE RESOLUTION: This Agreement is governed by Virginia law. All disputes between You and VTC shall be finally resolved through arbitration in Winchester, Virginia. This site is controlled by VTC from its offices within the United States of America. VTC makes no representation that materials in the site are appropriate or available for use in other locations, and access to them from territories where their content is illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access this site from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws. You may not use or export the Materials in violation of U.S. export laws and regulations. Any claim relating to the Materials shall be governed by the internal substantive laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA.
VTC may revise these Terms at any time by updating this posting. You should visit this page from time to time to review the then-current Terms because they are binding on you. Certain provisions of these Terms may be superseded by expressly designated legal notices or terms located on particular pages at this Site.
If you have any questions regarding this policy,
or your information specifically,
you may email us at:email@example.com.