If your videos are destined for the Web, you’re in luck. Premiere presets make it easy to upload your videos to YouTube, Photoshop.com, Podbean, and your own website. Adobe, the company that publishes Premiere, also publishes a program called Flash. In the past few years, Flash files (whose file names end in .flv and .f4v) have become the video champs of the Internet. You find Flash-based videos on sites from YouTube to Hulu.
It wasn’t long ago that a battle royale raged between Microsoft, Apple, and RealMedia for web video bragging rights. Back then, Flash seldom got mentioned in the contest; in those days, the only thing web designers used Flash for was creating little animations and annoying ads. But, like the Trojans with their famous horse, the Flash player managed to sneak onto about 90 percent of today’s computers. And guess what? Flash now plays full-blown movie files, too. And before the competition could react, the Flash for Video format became a web standard because it provided a way to compress movies down to a reasonable size.
This chapter shows you how to prepare and send your videos to YouTube, Photoshop.com, Podbean, and other websites. Along the way, you’ll get tips on creating Flash videos that are small and fast—perfect for websites.
YouTube is an Internet phenomenon. People just like you put their movies on the video-sharing site, where anyone with an Internet connection can watch them. ...