Metadata means data about data.  Flash is an application that allows you to create quick loading vector based animations and full featured interactivities on the web.

The information on the flash file is the primary data and the metadata is the information about the flash file.  As an example is the flash video.  The length of the video (duration), the number of frames per second that the video displays (frame rate), and the number of kilobytes of data transferred per second as the video plays (video and audio data rates, where applicable) are all examples of flash video metadata.

Today, you can now include metadata in your Flash movies or Shockwave Flash (SWF) files.  You just need to add the title and description to your Flash document and the search engines can index more of the Flash content on the web. 

Metadata Flash may contain one or all  of the following formats:
1. Title – refers to the title of the SWF file. 
2. Description refers to the description of the SWF file.
3. Author- refers to the name of the SWF file author.
4. Publisher – refers to the name of the SWF file publisher.
5. Date – refers to the date of publication of the SWF file.
6. Language- refers to the language code of the SWF file.

With metadata, it allows a better indexing of your SWF Flash files in different search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Live.com.  The Flash application brings to end the time when your flash site containing SWF files is unreferenced or unlocated by search engines. The Flash application allows you to insert metadata without referring to SWF source codes.

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