Okay, I'm venting and the truth is I really don't hate technology. I'm just having major issues with it today. I have this AMAZING program called SWiSHMax 4 that is a 3rd-party Flash program which creates SWFs. Why use this and not Adobe Flash? Because SWiSHMax 4 is a helluva lot easier to use AND it's a fraction of the cost. I use this program to create animated banners and book trailers with wonderful effects. Presently, I'm working on a book trailer for my awesome author friend, Brenda Hill and her up-and-coming release of WITH FULL MALICE.
So, what's my problem, then, if I have this kick-ass program? Unfortunately, I can't seem to export the audio I've added to my movie. I've got really neat sound effects and background music…and it won't export.
The last time I did this, I had to…
- Export the file as a silent FLA
- Import it into Adobe Flash
- Add the sound files manually AGAIN to specific frames
- THEN export it as an MPEG
- Then YouTube.com didn't like the MPEG, so…
- I had to find a program to convert the MPEG to an AVI.
*Stops to take a breath*
HOLY CRAP, I do NOT want to have to do all that again.
However, trying to find the right driver to capture the audio is turning out to be almost as complicated! If I can't solve this problem in the next day or so, I will have to resort to that tap-dance approach to get the darned movie in a format Brenda can use. GRRRRR…ARRRRGH!
BLAH! How's that for venting?
That's my two pence…