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Interface Walkthrough

File Tab

The File tab is where you set input and output file paths, choose basic export options, and set clip information.


Input/Output

These two fields specify the path of the input video and output SWF. To specify a file either manually enter the path into the text field, or select "Browse", which launches a File dialog box.

In the input file dialog box you will also need to select the type of video that you are encoding, under "Files of type:" in order to see your file listed.

Once a path and filename is selected, you may click the "Play" button next to the input bar to view the media

Export Options

You may choose whether to encode audio, video or both by checking the appropriate boxes. If your input does not have audio, that selection will be grayed out. If you are encoding audio-only, then the video checkbox will be grayed out.

If you wish to deploy your SWF in a web page, you may select "Export HTML", which will produce an HTML file with the code to embed the SWF in a web page. Simply copy that HTML into whatever page you wish.

Presets

Flix comes with a number of preset options. There are 6 video presets: 28k, 56k, 56k banner ad, 28K banner ad, 128k and 256k. And there are 5 audio presets 14k, 28k, 56k, 128k, and 256k. In addition, there are 2 other settings, "Select a preset or customize," which is the field automatically selected when Flix opens, and "Customized."

When you select one of the preset options, it will fill in all the necessary encoding information in the other tabs, including SWF movie options, Output audio options, Output video options and the Output frame options. Once you have selected a preset you may change any of the values associated with the preset, or add any other variables or settings you desire. If you change any value in Flix from the preset value, the selection in the preset field will automatically shift to "Customized".

You may use the presets to automatically encode audio and video that will stream appropriately to users on a connection at least as fast as the preset selected. A majority of internet users connect on a 56k modem, with a smaller number connecting at 28k (and that number is dropping). A majority of the video viewed on the web is by users connecting through a high speed connection, such as cable, DSL, or T1. Often, sites post media at 2 or more bandwidths for people connecting on a dial up 56k modem and people with a broadband (high speed) connection.

Keep in mind that the larger the media files you create, the more bandwidth is required to deliver that media to the end user. Using more bandwidth can cause delays for users if there is network congestion and it can potentially cost more to deliver, depending on your server configuration.

You may also edit the existing encoding presets and create new ones. Select View>Options>Edit in Notepad. The presets file will open in Notepad where you can edit the existing presets and add new ones. To add new presets, just use the exact same format that is used in the EncodingPresets file. Make sure to enter your information exactly as even a small typo can cause the presets not to be read by Flix. Once you are finished making your changes, save the file and quit notepad. Then click "Reload Presets" and "OK" and the presets should be updated. If you made a mistake, just repeat the process.

One of the great things about Flix is that it provides you with a great deal of freedom to create video of different sizes and bandwidths depending on the application. We have included a preset for banner ads should you wish to embed video in banner ads - video which is viewable by over 95% of web browsers, without a download. We encourage you to explore the different applications of Flix encoded audio and video, and to define new presets for the multimedia applications that you may have.

Clip Information

The information specified in the "Title", "Author" and "Desc(ription)" fields are embeded into the SWF media clip. In this way you can identify your media and call the information directly from the Flash player. You may access this information is the same way you access any Flash variable embedded in an SWF.

To make your movie link to another webpage, simply check the "Link" box, and enter a URL in the text field. If you wish to specify a browser target, either enter one or select from the drop-down list of most common.
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