Dimension Settings

[font=Times New Roman]What is your advice for using the “Dimension” setting in the “Publish Setting” dialogue window, and your advice for dimensions when publishing Flash Movies to the web generally?[/font]

[font=Times New Roman]The following are my understanding as to what these options actually provide.[/font]

[font=Times New Roman][color=darkorange]Match Movie[/color] – Does what it says on the tin – Publishes a swf with the same dimensions as you used in authoring the movie.[/font]

[font=Times New Roman][color=darkorange]Pixels[/color] – Enter your own dimensions. I thought if you entered a value totally out of whack this would distort your movie, but it just seems to scale it proportionally based on the lowest figure.[/font]

[font=Times New Roman][color=darkorange]Percent[/color] – Provides a movie at the given percent in relation to the users browser.[/font]

[font=Times New Roman]I tend to use “Percent” & at 100% to scale up in the users browser. I can’t see any downside to this except that raster graphics can become distorted.[/font]

[font=Times New Roman]I have noticed that a lot of people use either a “Pixels” or “Match Movie” to specify sizes as well as embedding movies within a HTML page.[/font]

[font=Times New Roman]Could someone talk me through this or point me in the direction of a tut that explains the pros & cons of the subject. (I have looked) Also what is the optimum browser size when using “Pixels” or “Match Movie?”[/font]

[font=Times New Roman]Thank you for any help. [/font]

i don’t know of any tutorials, but here’s how i look at it:

most users are either using 1024x768 resolution or 800x600. so you don’t want to make a movie wider really than the 800x600 can handle. for example, i never make movies wider than 750, but even 750 can be a problem if the user doesn’t have the window maximized.

i virtually always use match movie and define my size. the problem with using % is that text and images won’t be clear. furthermore, reality is that most of the time you don’t want a flash movie to fill the entire browser window.

i’m not sure about the pixels setting b/c i never use it. but if it’s scaling the movie down or up relative to the lowest dimension you enter, the text and images should also blur.

Thanks bwh2 - Thats another piece of the jigsaw completed.