Controlling Your Content
To the casual observer of web-based Flash video, it may appear that SWF files live their own little lives within an HTML document, and seldom seem to tie in closely with the surrounding elements on the page. Yet if these same observers dug a bit deeper, by viewing the HTML source in their browser for example, they would notice that Flash needs to interact and play well with either the application server that generated the page, or the HTML code itself.
Take YouTube as a prime example. Could you imagine how much manpower it would take to build their Flash video player like the ones we created in Chapter 11, where we manually imported each video into Flash, encoded and then exported the player as ...