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How to Loop a Movie File in a Flash Video without Using ActionScript

July 8, 2010

I was trying to make a banner for my husband last night that had a small movie clip looping. I imported the file and it would just stop after one iteration. I googled “how to make a video file loop in flash”  and kept finding ActionScript code that didn’t even work. I tried going on Lynda.com, but my account had been deactivated, because I hadn’t used it in a week. (I got them to reactivate it this morning.) I ultimately figured it out myself and made the following videos for my husband’s website.

Miniature Golfers

In Your Face

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Steps to making a movie file loop in your Flash video in CS4:

(Note: There may be a more efficient way to do this, but this is just what I was able to get to work).

  • Convert your .mov file to a .flv file using Adobe Media Encoder. Flash cannot except .mov files. It must be FLV to loop. (Steps to convert shown below.)
    • If you have Flash CS4, you should have Adobe Media Encoder CS4.
  • In Flash, hit “File”, “Import”, “Import Video”.
  • Find the file by hitting the Browse button.
  • Select the bullet “Embed FLV in SWF and embed in timeline”. (Any other option will not loop.)
  • Just hit “Next”.
  • Choose the settings that you want. (Warning: Even if you uncheck “Include audio”, it still will include the audio. If you don’t want audio, remove it using the Adobe Media Encoder.) Hit “Next”.
  • Hit “Finish”.

After following the above steps, your video will be embedded in your timeline and will loop like a flash video with no ActionScript in it. From here you can add code, other elements, resize the FLV instance, move the instance on the screen, and do whatever you want to it using the capabilities of Flash.

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Steps to convert a .mov file to .flv using Adobe Media Encoder CS4:

  • Click “add” on the right hand side.
  • Select the movie file you wih to convert.
  • There is a drop-down menu in the “Preset” Column. Hit it and select “FLV-Same as Source (Flash 8 and Higher)”. You can actually select any of the FLV options.
  • You can use the “settings” button on the right to change things about the file. For example: crop, remove sound, change the file size, etc.
  • Hit “Start Queue” and it will convert your file to a video file flash can handle.

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I’m hoping this will pop up in google and help people that were having the same problems I was. Please note: I am an amateur Flash-fiddler and this may not be the most efficient way to get the video file to loop, but it works and there is no code required! The steps are definitely easy for other amateur Flash-fiddlers to follow if they also get to the same hurdle.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. ekiw permalink
    February 21, 2017 11:43 am

    Thank you so muchh !! It’s really works 🙂

  2. smorgan865Samantha permalink
    September 3, 2013 3:10 pm

    THANK YOU!

  3. Jesse permalink
    April 17, 2013 12:31 pm

    Thank you! This was just what I needed.

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