Customising the standard video controls in is a vital step to make video-based sites look more professional, says Paul Wyatt.
There are a lot of brilliant websites presenting Flash-based video where the video controls look five years behind the times and stick out like a sore thumb. Many of these sites rely on the standard controllers available in Flash, and the slick, chrome-like templates are usually at odds with the sites' look and feel.
This tutorial explains how to change these controls by adapting an existing Flash template. While this can be confusing, the file 'tutorial_example_complete.swf' in the support files shows you what we'll be making. The support files also contain a Photoshop template that you can use to produce all the button instances. You can make your own video controls and easily integrate them into your Flash video work.