My concern with Flash is its usage for tutorial formats. I don’t think I would want to watch a movie in Flash, either. However, the FLV format is certainly an option.
As far as it not being free well, most things aren’t. Besides, you don’t have to purchase anything to get things into the Flash format nor to watch anything in the Flash format.
- Pixel-perfect images as compared to any video compression
- very small file sizes (very fast downloads)
- you can create extremely effective interactve presentations
- you can create a Table of Contents for any presentation and provide buttons for the viewer to navigate freely through the video
- you can have built-in tests to help reinforce the material presented
- it’s very easy to create Flash materials. There are several free tools to do this.
- no need to always download an entire video before viewing
- easily embedded into a webpage
- easier to translate any on-screen text to different languages
- easily create annotations and overlays to enhance the presentation
Why the allergic reaction to anything proprietary?
If the tool works, why not use it?
Again, I’m not talking about feature-length movies. I’m talking about learning materials.