Publish Settings for QuickTime Sound Flash

Flash 4 introduced a hot new feature: the capability to export your Flash movies as QuickTime Flash (or Windows AVI) movies. With the release of Flash 5, this is an important and growing area of Flash usage. This section offers brief coverage of the audio options available from within Flash for export to the QuickTime (QT) architecture. Note that these options only pertain to a Flash sound that’s converted to a QuickTime sound track. The resulting QuickTime sound track is a new sound track it is not merged with preexisting QT sound tracks. When authoring for export to QuickTime, there is no limit to the number of sounds or sound channels. That’s because all sounds are combined into a single sound track upon export to QuickTime (or Windows AVI). When exporting to QuickTime, neither the lack of sounds nor the number of sounds has any effect upon the size of the final file. When exporting a Flash movie (or sound track) to QuickTime, you have two choices:

  • If you want to export Flash sounds (such as background music) to use compression schemes currently unavailable in Flash 5, then you can opt to convert the Flash sound to a QuickTime-supported audio codec such as QDesign Music.
  • If you are exporting your Flash movie to QuickTime but want to keep the Flash sound embedded with its original Flash media track, you can disable QuickTime sound compression.

To access the QuickTime audio export Settings:

  1. Choose File➪Publish Settings.
  2. In the Formats tab, check the QuickTime option.
  3. A QuickTime tab appears. Click the QuickTime tab.
  4. Now, at the Streaming Sound setting, check Use QuickTime Compression.

Finally, click the Settings button. The Sound Settings dialog appears, shown below, with several options to select your audio compression settings. Depending upon the configuration of your machine, different QuickTime audioencoding options appear. Depending upon the intended use of your QuickTime movie, you may want to choose different options. Table below explains some of the popular QuickTime encoding methods and their intended uses. Table below demystifies alternative formats.

The QuickTime tab of Publish Settings has options to control the conversion of Flash sounds into QuickTime audio tracks with the Streaming Sound setting.

QuickTime tab of Publish Settings has options to control the conversion of Flash sounds into QuickTime audio tracks with the Streaming Sound setting.

Quicktime sound compressors

Quicktime sound compressors

Alternative formats

Alternative formats



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