Getting started/Create Background

Let's begin our journey into Ming by creating a plain swf file, and placing it on a webpage so that most any browser can view it.

Lets create a swf movie with a red background and dimensions of 460x80 (close to a standard banner, and swf files scale beautifully).

A) At WebWizardsWays, php can be placed directly in html documents, so begin with our normal html tags


B) Next we use the php opening tag to begin our code:


C) Next, we create a new SWFMovie by creating an object set to the new movie:

$myMovie=new SWFMovie();

D) Now we can set the attributes of the movie object we created, such as the size and background color (colors are in rgb):


E) And finally we can save the swf we have created to a file, then close off the php code section:


F) Now we use the standard flash object embed and param tags so that as many browsers as possible can view our creation:

<OBJECT classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase=",0,0,0" ID=objects WIDTH=460 HEIGHT=80>
<PARAM NAME=movie VALUE="lesson1.swf">
<EMBED src="lesson1.swf" WIDTH=460 HEIGHT=80 TYPE="application/x-shockwave-flash" PLUGINSPAGE="">

G) And finally close off the html page:


Next lesson we will add various shapes to our newly created movie!

Code summary for lesson 1: