Re: Screen Cam to Flash?

Subject: Re: Screen Cam to Flash?
From: David Castro <thetechwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 08:53:45 -0800 (PST)

> Or perhaps someone can suggest an easy way
> to convert screen actions into the Flash
> format without having to do a bizillion
> still screen captures <g>.

You'll find that the bazillion screen captures method produces much more
professional-looking output than the screencam version. And you'll be able to
set the speed at authoring time, rather than at video capturing time. I've done
it both ways, and much prefer the screen capture version.

That said, there is an easier way than taking screen captures as you're doing
the actions. That can be very tedious. And there are some actions that you just
can't capture as you're doing them. I can't remember what they are, but I
remember that there are some.

So, what you do is download the trial version of the AVI Constructor. (Search
on "AVI Constructor" at, and you'll find it.) Also, download
one of the many applications that will turn your screen actions into an AVI.

Create an AVI from your screen actions, and then open the AVI in AVI
Constructor. Scroll through the individual frames it displays, and pull out
only those that are at the start of each action you want to capture. Put them
together in the Flash movie, do some tweening, and Voila! You've got
smoothly-moving actions for your users to view.

-David Castro
email -at- davidcastro -dot- com

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