I recently got a full-time job as an Instructional Designer for a medical hospital and need some tips/suggestions/advice for compressing Flash movies.
We currently are working on online courses for medical students. Our company is using Flash as one of the primary software programs. Currently we are embedding Flash movies into our Flash presentations. I've only briefly used Flash (1 year of experience), so I'd like to know how to compress Flash movies for the web. My primary concerns are video quality and file size, since a few of our medical students are on 56k connections.
I know that, using Quicktime, there are settings (iframes/codec/frames per second) which I can manipulate to reduce file size. Are there settings in Flash that I can manipulate to also reduce file size without reducing quality greatly?
Are there third party programs out there that give me this type of control?
I know of the program Sorensen Squeeze, that can convert Quicktime movies to Flash movies; this a great program. Unfortunately we are using PCs, so the company is hesitant to use products related to Sorensen (I guess since Sorensen Squeeze is Mac/Apple related, but to be honest, I'm not sure). We are planning to use either Vegas and/or Adobe Premiere as our main editing programs here.
Lastly, I'm aware that I can probably go to Macromedia.com and find something. I am posting here with the hope that there are more advanced users out there that can make advanced reccomendations other than "just use google" or "go to Macromedia"
My thanks in advance for taking the time to read this post and for any response you give.