I'm trying to import a FLV file into Flash so that I can experiment doing some basic video editing.
To test if the FLV file was ok, I chose 'Load external video with playback component'. The video loads in and plays fine when I hit play.
But when I try to 'Import FLV in SWF and play in timeline', it just embeds a black graphic. When I click into the graphic, a new timeline opens with about 1000 frames, but the whole lot are just black. This happens no matter if I import as an embedded video, movieclip, or graphic.
Is there a trick to importing a video when you want to use Flash as a basic video editor?
Flash is really not intended for video editing. And even if you did somehow manage to cripple through it, then you need to re-render the video.. which Flash can't do.
For a simple, free, Flash .flv editor:
very basic and lets you edit without re-rendering.
For anything more complex, you'll need actual video editing software because you'll need to render the edited version after you finish editing. If you are starting with Flash .flv files, then be sure to choose a program that will import .flv files, since not all of them will.
A second option is to break open the .flv container and extract the video and audio files inside (usually .avi or mpeg video and mp3 audio). Then just about any video editing software will handle that.
Then import into a video editing program like VirtualDub:
it's free and works pretty darn good... and of course ... there is also Adobe Premiere CS5.5!!
Thanks for all that info. I think I'll keep Flash for programming and animation.