yes, flash can do that but if you want one user's choices to affect what a user on a different computer sees at a different time, you'll need to use server side code too.
Great, thank you for the response! I wouldn't need the user's choices to affect what is seen on a different computer, it could all be played from one computer, or from one Web site.
I don't suppose you could direct me to further information or resources for creating such an interface?
if you're deploying to a website, your different viewers will be using different computers.
in any case, your project is all about the interface and you gave no specifics of how you want that to work.
for playing video use the flvplayback component and class or use the netstream class.
Yes, viewers could see the content from different computers. But, the viewers wouldn't be interacting with each other.
In terms of the interface, I would like viewers to be able to determine the order of the video clips on an introductory screen, and then watch them play back in that order.
The interface could involve assigning a number to each clip and putting them in a given order using a keyboard. The optimal option would be for people to drag the clips into place using a mouse (touch interface might be too complicated).
The project is basically a really simplified video playback program, with the only editing capabilities being to set the clips in a given order on a timeline, then play them back.
create poster screen movieclips of the videos and assign drag and drop code to place them 'receptacles' that indicate their play order.
Thank you very much for the help, am very excited by the possibilities!
I have made a lot of video mashup tools using Flash. Here's a promo video for the most successful one I made:
That video doesn't actually show the timeline editing screen, but you get to see several examples of the end results.
One important thing, at least I think this will still be the case, you can chain together FLVs much better than MP4s. If you start to make progress and find that there are gaps between the video clips, try making the clips as FLV instead of MP4.
I found this demo someone made, of using the timeline editor. You don't need to watch the whole thing, you'll get the idea quickly:
BTW, I did use the FLVPlayback component to play the videos.
Thank you for the examples (I'm in Canada, and couldn't watch the first, uploader didn't make it available here : ) ). But the MixIt tutorial pretty much shows what I want to make, it could even be more basic than that.
Thanks also for the technical advice, too. I have a ways to go, but it's very helpful.