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Video object

SmartBuilder v3 or v4?

Please note that this is the help site for SmartBuilder version 3.

The SmartBuilder version 4 Documentation and Video Tutorials can be found in the Help menu in the tool, or view the v4 Help site.

The video object in SmartBuilder requires a FLV file type.

If you have an MP4 video, you can change the file extension to FLV and it will upload into SmartBuilder

If you have a video file type other than MP4 or FLV, it is possible to upload that video as an asset, and launch the video in a separate window.  There are also a number of free FLV converters that you can find online.

The optimal encoding settings for your FLV object will depend on the size, and nature of the video. The best resource for determining these settings will be to use the Flash website. Here is a very good article in their developers forum for this exact topic.

For larger videos, you can upload your video to an external server, and use the FLV URL property. As soon as you enter the URL, the video will show on your page, and will behave the same as if you were loading from inside SmartBuilder. This is beneficial because you will not have to download large lessons that contain the videos - it is always dynamically pulling the video from that external server. This also makes updating the video or the lesson easier, because they are separate.

You can use either FLVs or MP4s with this process.  Make sure that the URL thatyou are using ends in either MP4 or FLV, if you just point to a page, like a Vimeo url or YouTube url, or another page hosting a streaming video, that will not work.  You would want to use the IFrame for those situations.

You can choose whether the video starts to play when it is shown or not. Even with Autoplay checked, if an video object is hidden, or placed in a non-visible Display, it will not play until it is shown.  Uncheck autoplay only if you want to start the video with an action, or a user's click.

When scaling videos, sometimes you don't want to change the size at all, or you want to make sure it scales proportionally.

You can choose whether the controller is displayed or not.

You can also choose which type of controller you wish to display.

You can also determine whether the video loops or not.  A loop count of 0 will play through the video 1 time and then stop.

You can set the volume for this specific Video object.