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Subject: Re: FLASH: .swa files in Flash3?
From: John Dowdell
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 21:35:38 +0100

At 8:14 AM 8/27/98, Chris Wiggins wrote:
>Is there really no way to use the shockwave audio format for a sound in a
>flash movie? I'm working on
>a site that is a bit audio heavy, especially when combined with some
>fairly complex animations and I'm
>longing for the near 100-1 compression ratio that is possible with
>Flash's sister ap: Shockwave.

That's right. Flash's emphasis is on fast vector graphics, with small
player size.

Fortunately, you can embed Flash movies in a Director movie, and can then
use SWA and its MP3-style compression, or QT3 and its QSound compression,
or IMA compression, or whatever. You also get editable text, interactive
animations, streaming control and all the rest.

Tip: When using Flash movies in Director, don't use Flash sounds. They
won't mix with other sounds on Windows. Instead, have a Flash button send a
message to the Director movie, requesting that Director play the
buttonclick sound. This lets you use higher-fidelity audio with greater
compression, as well as mix it with other sounds in the piece.


John Dowdell, Macromedia Tech Support, San Francisco CA US

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