Flash movies have become the de facto standard for creating and delivering multimedia content for the Web. YouTube is now an analogy for video sharing on the Internet, and there is every reason why should consider YouTube as an important tool of your marketing strategy if you are trying to reach a targeted audience quickly and easily.
Flash advertising is commonplace now and you’d be surprised if you find static advertisements on some websites since every website that you seem to visit just has those highly interactive flash-based advertisements. And they are certainly effective.
So how do you create your own flash movie and publish it to YouTube? Well, these are two questions in one, so let’s focus on the first part – creating your flash movies. And the answer is obvious – Adobe Flash, it is the industry stand and without any doubt, Adobe Flash (Macromedia Flash as it was previously called) introduced the Flash to the web. Adobe Flash CS4 Professional Kuttymovies is the software that you can use to create any kind of Flash movies imaginable. You can even create a simple flash movie for example, a flash advertisement or something as complex as a flash-based game or even a complete software application (if you are familiar with Adobe Flex, the development platform for Flash). You can download an evaluation copy of Flash CS4 from Adobe’s site adobe.com/ Flash CS4 is a professional suite, meaning it requires quite a bit of learning and skill to master or to say the least, be able to create flash movies for the Web. While Flash CS4 is the ideal package for professional development or for an experienced Flash designer, newbies will find it probably a bit too much for their requirements. So what else are the options available? SWiSH is an excellent alternate to Flash CS4. You can use SWiSH to create flash movies that you would create with Flash CS4, but SWiSH makes it lot simpler. SWiSH is also lot cheaper than Flash CS4, comes in various flavours so that you can choose based on your needs. But for casual users who want to create flash movies very quickly and with the least amount of cost, there is an online flash movie maker software called Toufee. Toufee, toufee.com), allows users to quickly create flash movies without needing to install any software. All one needs is a user account and you’re ready to go. The biggest advantage that Toufee offers is that it comes with 75 preset effects so you don’t have to learn or explore how to create new effects.
After you’ve created your flash movie, its time to publish to YouTube. Flash movies are usually saved in SWF format, but hold, YouTube supports only video upload. You have to convert your flash movies (i.e. your SWF file) to a video format (MOV, AVI or MPG) format that is supported by YouTube. You can use many freely available tools on the Internet to convert your .SWF file to a format supported by YouTube. But there is a small problem. You have to purchase the so called “SWF to video” converters because the free versions allow you to convert only upto a minute. That is not good news since your flash movie many easily run into more than a minute. Of the Flash movie tools we discussed, Toufee supports direct upload to YouTube i.e., once you use Toufee to create your flash movies, Toufee then can convert your movie to either MPG, MOV or a AVI format that is supported by YouTube and directly uploads this to your YouTube account – all from with Toufee and with the least amount of effort.