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Subject: Re: FLASH: ADVICE
From: Marc Hoffman, Poison Dart Frog Media
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 01:50:45 GMT

At 03:57 PM 2/24/00 , you wrote:
>Hello all,
>I need some advice from some knowledgeable freelancers/designers. I have a
>client who came to me to optimize and program their Flash presentation.. I
>took on the work.....Well here comes the drawback the file contains 30 gif
>images each with a size of 141.kb around 14kb when compressed by Flash. Not
>only that they have included 6 sound tracks which ring in about 606KB
>Compressed...with all this KB nonsense I now have a file at 1.3 mb---which
>is suppose to go live tommorow.....I've tried to figure out a method to
>stream the info in but the Gifs are located in mc in 6 different scenes, and
>all scenes need to be loaded due to speculation of navigation. Now what
>would you kowledgable people due?

First, I would have a mutual understanding with the client about the nature
of the job before agreeing to do it or quoting a price. Second, I would
educate the client about what works and doesn't work in Flash, including
what types of media create large file sizes and what that means for Web
delivery. Third, when the client then comes to me with ten times the file
size and a two day deadline, I explain the consequences in objective terms:
how much time it will take, how long a preload for users with modem
connections, and maybe I'd offer some alternatives. And of course I'd let
them know how that extra time will translate into production costs to them.
All this can be done professionally (kind of the way you'd want a plumber
to handle the situation if you called him or her over to fix a clogged
drain and then asked them to put in a new sink and vanity while they were
at it).

Sounds like in your situation you will need to take a couple of steps
backward, be as gracious as possible, maybe explain that there was a
misunderstanding, and that you and the client will need to redefine the
project and costs.

By the way, I don't know any multimedia designers who don't have problems
like this occasionally, so I'm not trying to blame you. But you will need
to make clear agreements with clients and do lots of client education if
you expect to survive and make money in this business.

On a practical level, if you have large blocks of content that the user
will request in unpredictable order, use LoadMovie for each section so they
don't have to wait for the whole thing to load.

Marc Hoffman

Poison Dart Frog Media: Specializing in Flash Animation and Digital Audio
Our latest Flash job is on display at <http://www.dartfrogmedia.com/rickfrnd>
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