What you need to do is add some additional interactions to your project. On the element that causes you to leave the state with the video, use the Interactions Panel to add an additional On Click interaction. Then pick the Stop Video choice, then select your video.
Then what you need to do is on the component that returns you to the state with the video, is add an interaction to Play Video. Even though the video is not in the state, you can select it from the drop down list. This should cause the video to restart.
Hope this helps,
The video is only in one page state of 6. The Element you refer to would in this case be the main navigation menu items which link to the other 5 main sections.
Considering what you have suggested I should therefore apply the 'On Click' Interactions to all of the other 5 navigation menu items yes, as they will be active when leaving the video page ? and the 'Play Video' Interaction just to the Menu Link relative to the page in which the video appears.
I shall try it and see what happens. Thanks so much for the advice Chris.
I finally got back to the project and tried to add the interactions as suggested. I found there is a barrier to this method though.
I was able to add the 'stop video' interaction but then F.C did not recognize the SWF Asset as Video and so I was prompted to addd a Video Player and select it. Thus I am left rather confused. Do I perhaps need to convert the SWF Asset somehow before FC will let me add this interaction ?
Video needs to be in FLV or F4V format. If you have the video embedded in a swf, Flash Catalyst will not see it as a video, but just as a swf.
Does that help?
My understanding is - that can not be done using CS5 Web Premium.
I could be wrong but having read your reply I opened up Flash and Flash Catalyst to check out the Import and Export and Convert Options and immediately hit a brick wall. I seem to have a habit of wanting to do things with CS5 Web Premium that CS5 just can not do ! Sorry about that Chris.
Were did the video come from originally? I suspect, it was imported into SWF using Flash Professional. It is that original file you need to bring into Flash Catalyst.
I used Illustrator to draw a Spyrograph pattern. I then imported that art into Flash Pro just to add some simple zoom in and out with some rotation.
Once I had that done I began working in Flash Catalyst just to try out all the page transitions etc etc
I merely chose to work that route to learn, just to find my way around CS5 and see how it all integrates.
I read a thread on a similar subject which had obviously got quite heated but I was left more confused than before. I am not sure which of those 'posters' are right or wrong and now I am scared to refer to stuff as video or movie etc since it seems some people get upset - since they are not videos or movies apparently.
Anyway . . . that's how I made the art and how things got set up Chris.
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That is the golden nugget! That is not a 'video' but just a SWF animation.
So you will need to use the Actions to control the playback of the animation. I have attached a simple example that you can look at probably easier than trying to read a 'what to do' post.
Thanks for taking the time to educate a newbie Chris - we'd all be lost without some guidance form the gurus - happy kayaking sir
I could not open the files provided as I am using CS5 - however, you indicated enough for me to go back and look at the Actions for SWF rather than Video and that was sufficient. I discovered the 'go to frame and stop' action so I now have that set to stop the animation and return to frame 1 when leaving the page/state.
I tested it a couple of times by leaving the page and then returning and it seems to be working fine so thanks again Chris. Problem solved.