What Is Flash Video Studio?

Flash Video Studio allows you to convert nearly any type of file into Adobe Flash ShockWave Flash (SWF) and Flash Video (FLV) formats. This software is very inexpensive at $39.95 (2010). It’s so easy to use that even a beginner will quickly catch on to how to convert files.

Features

The Flash Video Studio helps you convert your videos into Flash Video. This allows you to play these videos on any type of Flash Media Player. This product supports a variety of formats, including MPEG4, standard MPEG, Quicktime Video Files, DVD VOB, DIVX and Microsoft Windows Video Files, including WMV.

It also supports all types of Flash Video Compression formats, including the new AVC, H264 and MPEG video format. This format helps you make high-quality videos even when compressing the video up to half the standard data rate. Other supported Flash formats include Flash 8, Sorenson, Flash 8 plus Alpha video and Zip/Screen. Flash Video Studio will also give you an estimate on how much bandwidth that you file will use and the approximate total video size.

Editing

One of the standout features of this program include that you can batch publish videos in conjunction with an extensible markup language (XML) playlist. You can even add controls to help your viewers easily navigate through your video, including jumping to their favorite scene. This is done via the chapters feature. Your viewer just needs to click on the chapter within the video timeline.

You can also add event or cue points within your video’s timeline. This helps you sync your Flash animation and video clips. You can even insert your website’s address so people know where to go for more information.

This program also features a chroma keying tool. Chroma keying involves removing the background from an image so that you can splice two different images together. You most often see this technology in weather reports, where it looks like the weatherperson is standing in front of a map. With the chroma keying tools amount sliders, you can adjust the hue and luminosity of your video clip.

Effects

Besides being able to edit your videos, you can also add visual effects, including adding an emboss, sepia or oil painting filter. You can also improve the overall brightness and contrast of the video. What’s really nice about this program is that you can preview the effect before actually applying it to the video. This way, if you don’t like the look of the effect, you don’t have undo the step. You just never actually apply it to your video.

Images

If you are worried about your video being stolen, add a watermark to it. You can hide it in the background using the fade in/out effect. Or, create an animated logo watermark and add it anywhere in your video. This software can even handle transparent images, including GIF and PNG.

Another feature of this program is the ability to take JPEG snapshots, which you can use as the thumbnail for your video. Or, use it as the cover to the DVD on which you burn your video.