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Creating Custom Video Controller Skins for the Flash Video Component in Dreamweaver 8

The Macromedia Flash Video component in Dreamweaver 8 helps you easily insert and display Flash Video (FLV) files in your websites without using the Macromedia Flash authoring tool. The Flash Video component lets you select from several different playback controllers that visitors use to control the FLV file on your web page.

In addition, you can choose from nine default controller skins (graphic themes) when you insert an FLV file, and the skin you choose dramatically changes the available features in the video controller and how the embedded video looks. If you are a Flash designer, you can also create your own skin using Flash 8 and use the custom skin instead.

This article shows you how to set up a skin file, and use it with the Flash Video component. This offers extra flexibility for Flash designers who also use Dreamweaver to present video on their web pages in addition to other existing methods:

  • Using the FLVPlayback and media components that install with Flash Professional 8
    Note: The skinning process for the Flash 8 FLVPlayback component is much easier than it was in Flash MX 2004.
  • Manually creating video controls in Flash


To make the most of this tutorial, you need to install the following software and files:

Dreamweaver 8

Macromedia Flash Professional 8

Tutorials and sample files:

Prerequisite Knowledge

A basic understanding of Flash design and a fundamental understanding of ActionScript.