Page 4 of 4: Exporting your slideshow to the web

Step 4: Exporting your slideshow to the web

This step will show you how to export your slideshow to Flash Video format and put the slideshow on your webpage.

The first thing to do is to export the slideshow using the "Flash Files (.flv)" option - this will export the slideshow to a FLV file.

GUI for dvdauthor: Export .flv

The "FLV exporter options" window should open up, and here you can configure the FLV export options. For movie size, the bigger the size, the better the quality, but it will take much longer to load/stream the video. Typically, 320x*** works well. For framerate, choose 24 for NTSC or 25 for PAL (the system does not really matter that much for web formats though). The bitrate option will depend on the resolution you have chosen - I find that 360 is the bare minimum for 320x*** resolution - higher resolutions will need a higher bitrate. The audio options, similarly, determine the final file size and the default options (64 kbps, 22050 Hz, Stereo) should be good enough (or disable audio if your slideshow does not have an audio track). Finally, copy the HTML code (used to display the FLV player) in the textbox by using the "Copy to Clipboard" button (best to paste it in a text file for now, as opposed to keeping it in your clipboard and accidentally overwriting it by copying some other object/text). Press "Okay" to start the export.

GUI for dvdauthor: FLV exporter options

Once the export is done, you should have a .flv file. Now back to the HTML code you copied to your clipboard/text file - note that the code makes references to a file called "flvplayer.swf" - this is the "Flash Video Player" file, and you need to download this file from this page. Extract the flvplayer.swf from the package and upload it somewhere to your website (note that you only need one copy of this file on your website - the same file can be used for all your FLV files). Also upload the .flv file generated by DVD slideshow GUI to your website. You now need to modify the code to replace the "" links with actual links to the swf and flv file (see bold text below). For example, the following code is used to display the player interface shown just below it:

<object width="320" height="240" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase=",0,0,0"> <param name="flashvars" value="file=" /> <param name="movie" value="" /> <embed src="" width="320" height="240" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="" flashvars="file=" /> </object>

That's all folks.



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