I am trying to create a Flash based website that runs full screen. It will have a series of still photos or possibly, a video as a background with a few menu buttons on top of them. What I don't understand is how to compensate for the various monitor aspect ratios. If I make it wide screen, a square monitor will show blank bars at the top and bottom. You can see an example of what I'm trying to do at http://www.tvontheradio.com/default.aspx.
Also, what is the optimal size to make the Flash video?
I am running Flash MX 2004 (Version 7)
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
you can detect the user's screen resolution and maintain aspect ratios using actionscript
video size isn't particularly relevant unless your server limits the file sizes served and/or you're forcing users to download your video before displaying it.
more commonly you'll stream or have users progressively download your videos. in those situations, your videos quality and bitrate will determine the user's experience.