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I'm thinking about writing some Flash/Actionscript tutorials. Does anyone have requests for topics? Anything that has made you think "how did they do that?". I would prefer more specific topics since things like "how do I make a website with Flash" can have so many different answers.

A few topics I'm considering:
1. Generating a menu with AS
2. For loops: less code for similar actions
3. Deep Linking in Flash
4. Google Analytics from Flash
5. Placing Flash on an HTML page

What else?
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well i am very good with flash also
some things that might be usefull would be

how to create a loading bar
how to create animated menus
how to create a shining effect

hope that helps
contact me if you need help writing them or creating them in flash
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flink are you offering to write those or are you saying there is a need in the community for those topics? A quick google search brings up quite a few existing tutorials for each of those topics.
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I'd enjoy seeing one on embedding multimedia in Flash. This is an ideal example of what I mean
http://fullsail.com/

In particular the people in the street watching the video screen, the guy playing the guitar and the video screen itself.

I realize that's pretty complex but a tute on the basics. Like how do you lose the backgrounds from the videos of the people so they can be superimposed over the static image. In television production we would have used chroma key to do it. I think if I got a chroma key background drop, there's probably a way to lose the background in AE, but then what do I do with it in flash and how do you maintain manageable file sizes while incorporating multimedia.

I need to do something like that for my work website, and a am struggling to get a foothold on the basics in a timely manner.
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I keep forgetting how cool that fullsail site is.

I can probably come up with something like that. My biggest issue will be coming up with video assets. (good green screen footage is hard to come by) So you'll be on your own for the actual keying process but I can show how to get transparent video into Flash...
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That'd be perfect
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Hello grafixboy,

I have a tutorial request for you. could you explain me how the following file was done and the code that plays the movie. would be nice if you could make tutorial out of it. I'm doing a similar project, would very much appreciate your help.

here is the link. http://senocular.com/flash/source.php?id=0.76

many thanks
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Hey all I just uploaded a tutorial for #5 (100% Flash movie as a page background) on my list above. Its been lingering in an almost completed state for a very long time so it might be a bit dated, but its available here if anyone cares.

Mark are you still looking for a transparent video tutorial for Flash? If so I might take a crack at writing one in the next few weeks. Anything specific you'd like to see covered?
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can anyone tell me HOW THAY DID THAT:
http://box2dflash.sourceforge.net/
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ibrabdo wrote:
can anyone tell me HOW THAY DID THAT:
http://box2dflash.sourceforge.net/


It's built using the Box2d physics engine. You can download the AS2/AS3 engine and example files from the link you provided. If I remember correctly the code is pretty well commented.
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graphixboy wrote:
Mark are you still looking for a transparent video tutorial for Flash? If so I might take a crack at writing one in the next few weeks. Anything specific you'd like to see covered?


Yes. I'd still be quite interested in that. I really need to get my head into some flash work. Unfortunately, work has been filled with more operational tasks lately, and weekends lately I've been just chilling and playing poker. But really do need to focus and get some good flash training and experience under my belt. This would be a great one to work with.
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graphixboy wrote:
It's built using the Box2d physics engine. You can download the AS2/AS3 engine and example files from the link you provided. If I remember correctly the code is pretty well commented.


The problem with Box2d physics engine that u can't use it in a serious projects because of the Copyright:
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/*
* Copyright (c) 2006-2007 Erin Catto http://www.gphysics.com
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* This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied
* warranty. In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages
* arising from the use of this software.
* Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose,
* including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it
* freely, subject to the following restrictions:
* 1. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented; you must not
* claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this software
* in a product, an acknowledgment in the product documentation would be
* appreciated but is not required.
* 2. Altered source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be
* misrepresented as being the original software.
* 3. This notice may not be removed or altered from any source distribution.
*/
  1. /*
  2. * Copyright (c) 2006-2007 Erin Catto http://www.gphysics.com
  3. *
  4. * This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied
  5. * warranty. In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages
  6. * arising from the use of this software.
  7. * Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose,
  8. * including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it
  9. * freely, subject to the following restrictions:
  10. * 1. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented; you must not
  11. * claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this software
  12. * in a product, an acknowledgment in the product documentation would be
  13. * appreciated but is not required.
  14. * 2. Altered source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be
  15. * misrepresented as being the original software.
  16. * 3. This notice may not be removed or altered from any source distribution.
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So do u know another free engine like Box2d
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Where are you trying to use it that your worried about the copyright?
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* Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose, including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it freely,


That seems pretty open ended to me. The author is just saying they aren't available to help you if you have any problems.
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I have to agree with graphixboy, that license looks pretty open.

If you're worried about people thinking the application is just a wrapper for someone elses work think about all of the computers that have "Intel Inside" or "Powered By Windows" badges on them. Nobody cares as long as it works the way it's supposed to. :)

As far as tutorials go, do you know if AIR has the ability to save JPEG files from BitmapData objects and how to go about that ?
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yes u r right guys.. i feel Ridiculous.. i thought that the Permission is Not granted.. sorry
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joebert wrote:
As far as tutorials go, do you know if AIR has the ability to save JPEG files from BitmapData objects and how to go about that ?


To the best of my knowledge you can use AS2, AS3 or Javascript to create AIR apps so I think it would depend on what your using as the base language. I know that AS3 can interact with the file system pretty well but AS2 is pretty much limited to "open". I couldn't tell you if its possible with js but my gut feeling would be no.

Here's pretty good example of how it works but I'll keep that in mind for a tutorial since it seems really useful.
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That's great.
If you look at the very next artical in that link it leads to this,
http://blog.everythingflex.com/2008/02/25/create-images-with-air-and-jpegencoder/.

The AIRAliases.js does have a reference to file.filesystem.filestream but I'm not seeing any references to the JPEGEncoder class. My first impression is that I'd have to implement JPEGEncoder myself if I did it with JS, though I haven't taken more than a glance into the files and references.
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Or not.
http://code.google.com/p/as3corelib/

*does the happy dance*
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Nice find. I'll have to play with that since some of those functions are a pain in the arse with AS3 alone.
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Hi Guys, my first post here.

I have been doing some research to redesign my own site and found a site for a Advertising company based here in Australia - I reckon this sites rocks as a Flash site.

Here is how to get to the section I'm interested in...

0. http://www.21-19.com
1. play some pong while waiting for the first page loader
2. press [click to enter] when loaded
3. scroll to the the very bottom of the page till you see the [Dennis the Hand] campaign
4. click on the image and wait for the second pre-loader
5. a list named [VIEW] appears to the left of the now loaded movieclip
6. scroll down and click on [PLAY]
7. yet another movieclip loads with embedded flash video of the ad [funny stuff by the way]

Now I know that the movieclip DENNIS THE HAND on the main stage is simply calling another movieclip with embedded video on top of it, but the thing is that the entire background of the video movieclip goes opaque and it fills the entire screen - I have noticed that a few sites are doing this these days with their video and even image content (fully expanding opaque background over the previous movie.


If any can help me understanding what the common name for this technique is so I can Google it - or even some tips on going about doing myself that would be great

Thanks heaps
Pat

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