I don't have the AS3 knowledge required to quickly create a custom menu system to play several videos in an FLVPlayback component or a Netstream object, so I'm relegated to using some of the canned ones, or a 'menu maker'. Trouble is, most,or all of these are set up to use an XML file to set the actions for each menu item, and they are usually limited to gotoandStop, or gotoandPlay. So, I'm looking at using these menus, and simply having an instance of my video player at different frames, each loaded with it's own video, and using the menu to jump to each frame.
What I'm wondering is, what are the ramifications of doing it this way, rather than having one player, and using the menu buttons to dynamically load the FLV's OR MP4's? I've worked hard to try to be able to limit my movies to a single frame and use AS to run everything. This seems like a giant step backward.
creative illusions Productions
It would be wasteful to place video players in every frame for different videos. You make it sound like creating a menu (buttons?) is your problem, so all you really need to know is how to have a button tell an FLVPlayer component to change its source and play a new video instead of using gotoAndPlay/Stop commands. If you look up the FLVPlayback component in the AS3 help documentation, all of its properties, methods, and events are listed and explained, and there are likely examples of how to use the code.
My problem isn't loading a video into a player with a simple button, I am quite familiar with that process. It's the building of a drop down menu for every project that I do, each with a different look and feel. That's why the canned ones are so attractive (time-wise).