Queston about playing a movie in the Presenter Panel
Feb 02, 2011
I have a single .FLV "talking head" 5:45 video lecture. The person in the movie giving the lecture is talking the length of the movie. At certain time spots, the slides need to advance to the next screen/image. At the end of the movie, the video stops and the next slide auto advances to a quiz slide.
What I've done thus far:
As far as I can tell, the Presenter Panel and the Logo Panel will not accept an .FLV. To solve this first challenge, I embedded the .FLV into the timeline of an AS 2.0 .FLA and published it back out to .SWF. Normally I wouldn't do this, but since it's a relatively short video it works fine.
Next, the Presenter Panel only accepts a small thumbnail size image or .SWF file instead of filling the entire due to presenter name, title, etc. and bio and email buttons.
To overcome this challenge, I put the .SWF in the Logo Panel and it runs and fits nicely. In addition, I added the presenter's profile information in the Presenter Panel. With the presenter in the video giving the lecture and his profile information below, there is a nice balance.
Sync slides to timing in video:
In order to solve this challenge, I opened Audio Editor and set markers at specific times for the slides to advance. (:38, :51, 1:29, etc.) Also, all slides in the Slide Properties are set to advance automatically.
Lecture "talking head" looks and runs fine. No audio lag. Slides advance on que (within :05 sec) of the lecture points.
With all the basic mechanics in place, its' ready to go....at a basic level. However, all navigational controls had to be turned off in the Player. If a user chose to Pause the presentation, only the slide advancements would pause and not the video. A single Pause during this module would cause the video to be out of sync with the slides. As well, the volume control does not control the video. Hence, taking away those abilities.
The same happens when applying a control panel to the video. A user can start/stop/pause the video, but this will not control the timing of the slides in the player. Again, throwing off the timing of the slides.
I've used the API call in a video to control the stop/start/pause/volume controls on the Player, but that video resided in a slide and not in the panel. I haven't tested this yet, but if anyone has any suggestions and/or can confirm the API does in fact control the main player that will save me some time.
I suppose the amount of time it's taken me to write this I could have gone ahead and tested it anyway, huh?
Thanks in advance!