Flash Video Tip

Optimal Frame Dimensions for Flash Video

Video codecs such as On2 VP6 and Sorenson Spark perform best when the frame width and height use multiples of 16. While you can use any width and height in your encoding settings, non-optimal dimensions can result in poor image quality and reduced frame rate. For the best image quality and playback, you should always use width and height dimensions that use a multiple of 16 (best), 8 (better), or 4 (good)

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Tools & Utilities for filmmakers

ou've now entered the Dependent Films Download Center. It's unbelievable 1) how much these files can help, and 2) how hard all of these tools are to find on the net. Thus, this is why we've assembled this compilation for all of you aspiring filmmakers out there. Best of all, they're all FREE (a favorite word for all independent filmmakers). These programs have really helped our productions, and hopefully they can help yours as well. If you have any other programs you know of online or have questions about the origins of these files, dfnet79 @ dependentfilms.net , and we'll link them here.

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Rules for Video on the Internet

Rule Number 1
YOU ARE NOT in control, your viewers are.
Rule Number 2
Your viewers time and attention are precious, this is not  FRONTLINE. Your pieces should not be longer than 4 minutes, otherwise, chapterize, the viewer can come back and see the rest IF THEY WANT.
Rule Number 3
Make your videos 'sharable.' The internet is about sharing the love and goodness, make is easy for viewers to link to or embed your video content.
Rule Number 4
Know your audience. Run some stats on your site, like Google analytics, to find out what browsers and therefore possible plug-ins your viewers might need, make it easy for them to download the plug-in if needed.
Rule Number 5
Compose the shots in your video for your presentation size. If your paper's website runs video, 320×240, then you should be shooting tight! And even if your site runs it's video presentations, say 640×480, still shoot tight because before you know it, and mark my words, it will happen, not matter how big you are able too run the video on your site, our future audience is going to be viewing our content on small portable 'thingys,' can you say iphone.
Finally, and most IMPORTANT,
Rule Number 6
Make something 'good' happen in the first 15, no, 10, wait, 5 seconds -you get my drift- or you are doomed. Don't bury your lede. Put the good audio quote or image up front.
Ok, the caffeine from the Diet Coke just wore off, i had a good dozen more rules, but i have no fuel to keep me going, good night and enjoy.

“Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.”- Samuel Butler

“Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.”-Thoreau

Making a 360 video pano [tutorial]

Patrick Yen, well-known from http://fakemustaches.org/ and more recently as part of the team that put together this stunning package, http://www.americandiversityproject.org/ has done all of us a a huge service by sharing this awesome tutorial. This is a 38 minute tutorial, produced for MultimediaShooter.com,  it's 134 MB and worth every second of your time if you are into making one of these cool video 'panos' I'm trying it this weekend! Link, here. and all the sources files, here:


NOTE: Head-gear not required! 

enjoy, and tnxs Patrick!


Download Audio, Video, Editing, Multimedia tip sheets

Can you believe this picture! Get it, gun+camera=multimedia shooter. Maybe it's a stretch. After attending POYi in Berkeley, I was walking back to my car and saw this image inside the parking garage.

Anyway, while surf'n around this week I ran into a few articles with a few decent tips, so along with what I gleamed from those and my own advice I've come-up with a printable list. Cut it out, paste it up! Here are the tips. Continue reading

Flash Tutorial [video]

I have put this together as a starting point. It's 30 minutes long. I tend to ramble. I don't think it's what I wanted it to be, but I tried. Actually, I tried something new. Something called PULP MOTION. It didn't work so well. User error. [I should have used more than my webcam and during compression the sound sync went off.] Live and learn as they say. But since I put so much time into it, mostly  compressing time, maybe there is something in there for you to learn. But, just in case there isn't, I found over an hour of great and FREE intro to Flash tutorials for you, at Lynda.com

enjoy, hopefully,


[Runtime 30min: Size: 22MB] 


“UseFlashMore, Because You Can!”

For the six of you who want a ThumbnailGrid tutorial, well, see below. And for the rest of you voting for the Flash tut, DAMN YOU! I might have to stuff the ballot box. Just kidding…

The video tutorials can be found here: Accordion Nav


Thumbnail Grid

Major 'props' to

Justin Winter  of Useflashmore.com for the product and the tuts.



p.s. i'm back from Mexico next week, more on the t-shirts and bottles of tequila for all the contest winners. You wish! But the prizes will be in the mail soon. Tnxs for your patience.