Graphic and Web designers have used Flash, animations and other Flash authored content on Web sites for many years now. While the content provided a rich experience for users, large file sizes often meant long download times, even with broadband connections. This is not something Internet users these days are willing to put up with.
The new video tools also provide developers with advanced options to optimize the quality and file size of video content.
Video in Flash 8 now allows for cue points to be embedded with custom metadata. Using the embedded cue points, events like graphics and animation can be triggered dynamically during playback.
Using the new On2 VP6 codec, developers are able to encode an 8-bit alpha channel in videos for real-time compositing on top of any other Flash content. The overlay video can be composited with a transparent or semi-transparent alpha channel.
A centralized video workflow is now available in one dialog. The dialog presents all available options for deploying Flash Video, whether it is via the Flash Communication Server for streaming video, via progressive download of external FLV files over HTTP or a number of other options.
Other noteworthy features: SWF Metadata; script assist (formerly called normal mode); object drawing model; interactive mobile device emulator; improved, easily skinnable video component; improved text tool; enhanced stroke properties; advanced gradient control.