I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right place (or perhaps the right forum for that matter) but it seemed like the most logical place...
I am currently collaborating with several people to produce some graphic animation and movie files with alpha channel transparency for use in another program we are working in. One partner (who is working primarily with Mac software) created a video file of the format .MOV. The problem with this being that the other application this video is being used with is strictly Windows based and therefore does not support this QuickTime file format readily.
So, I sent the file over to the other person and asked them to create an SWF file, with the alpha channel transparency layer so it could be used in the other program. He created a file using both AfterEffects and Flash, tested the alpha channel on it and saved it to a network folder for me to use.
Now, when I try to play the file from the network folder, the players claim the file has one frame and lasts a whole 43 milliseconds or something like that. Regardless, I cannot get the file to play on my PC. It has been tested on the other PC and it runs just fine but we suspect this has something to do with the fact that the first PC has Adobe Professional Suite on it and mine does not. However, I find it hard to believe that there is no way for me to preview or play this file, even with free media players downloaded from the internet that seem to play SWF files without alpha channels just fine.