Newbie question re: starting, preloading, then playing a video clip
I've got flash 8 pro and I'm also trying out two or three other software packages. All I really want to do is create a video clip for a website that sits there and waits for someone to hit the play button, goes into a preloader the first time, play the video when it's sufficiently loaded then stops and returns the scrubber to the starting point.
I've followed several tutorials to create a preloader and a couple work nicely with a loader bar, percentages, and pop in a large jpeg with it's time. However, whenever I try putting in the video clip it doesn't work.
I've used the pro 8 video import wizard to create the files to include the nice controllers. I've followed the tutorials, to include finding the glitches and making changes to the preloader works.
So what's the trick to getting a composite movie with preloader, video clip with controller, to the website in parked mode waiting for a viewer to hit "play" and starting the movie with "loading" and then the video.
On2 has a nice preloader set up, but I don't want to pay that much just to get a preloader and the movie start. Swish Video is easy to use, but no preloader. Can't get Swish Video and SwichMax to merge at all. Wimpy does a great job with audio, but kind of klunky with video--no really workable pre-loading.