On Wednesday, November 19, 2003, at 07:19 PM, Grubbs, Bill wrote:
I know that QT 6 introduced support for Flash 5. I was using the QT
APIs to allow me to extract a thumbnail from a flash file. I have run
across some flash files that I was able to open & play in the QT
However there are others that I am not currently able to play. After
trying to dig through MacroMedia's WWW site it appears that Flash 7 is
the current format and that the files that won't play are probably
6 or 7. Is there a way to check the version # to be sure that is the
That is indeed the problem, though if you need to verify it on a
file-by-file basis I'm sure there's a way to assess the SWF format to
determine what version it is (or what features it supports).
I assume I am out of luck unless Apple decides to implement the new
extensions to the file format, I am out of luck. I assume that QT is
not able to pick up the new formats by using an updated flash player or
anything like that.
Right, this is code that must be added to Quicktime... typically QT
support for Flash has been a step behind Flash support. Maybe in QT7
they'll jump over Flash 6 and support Flash 7 as well (which would give
us Spark video, among other things).
Any ideas on how to extract images/thumbails of a flash presentation?
Open it in the standalone player and do a screen capture... or embed in
a browser window and capture... either way, you'll only need to know
the position of the Flash window within the capture, and you can
extract the thumbnail that way. I did this several years ago - not
elegant, but then how many things are? :)