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Inserting Flash files

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While panning and zooming in Prezi can help bring Now let And now you can choose the SWF you want to load.

Inserting Flash files

While panning and zooming in Prezi can help bring your presentations to life, sometimes you need some custom animation. Importing a Flash SWF file might just do the trick. But before I show you how it's done you should know it has a few limitations. Your SWF can't contain any ActionScript code. Even a stop command isn't allowed. And that leads me to the second limitation. Your SWF animation will continuously loop in Prezi. Well this may be good for some animations, it can really be distracting for others. Some examples where some looping animations might work well are a radiating glow behind something or an arrow pointing to something you really, really want to emphasize or even a character or someone walking or dancing, something like that.

You get the picture, it should be something that you'd expect to see over and over again. Since SWF files are vector based, you can zoom in as close as you'd like and the image will be nice and sharp. SWF files can be created in Adobe Flash Professional or in Adobe Illustrator. I recommend creating SWF in Flash Professional over Illustrator though because Illustrator SWF have been know to cause issues with the behavior of paths and Prezi. If you're not familiar creating animations in Flash, there are several courses in the lynda.com library that can help get you started.

Now let me show you how to import a SWF into Prezi. Here we are back in the Editor with our example file open. And to import a SWF go up to Insert From File. And now you can choose the SWF you want to load. I'll load Arrow Swift. This little SWF that I created for the course. It's included in your free Exercise files. With that file selected, I'll click Open. Takes a second to load but here's our arrow bigger than life right here on our canvas. From here we can use the Transformation tool to move it around get it placed just how we want it.

I'm going to make it really small and put it on this frame here as a little emphasis. So I'm going to zoom in. And get it right where I want it. Move everything in place in this frame, just like so. Now sometimes, because these are moving and they're you know animated, they're hard to grab ahold of. If I'm holding it just right, I can get it to highlight and when I click on it, it'll be selected. But sometimes you can't do that, so you always want to do Cmd+Shift if you're having trouble with that. You can mark key right over it and to select an item.

Now Flash SWF will, as you can see with this one, go on looping forever from the moment you open your Prezi until you close it. There is a way to hide the animation until you reach the frame that is in though, and I'll show you how to do that later when we talk about frame animations. Adding Flash animation can really add polish to your presentations and gives you more tools to illustrate your ideas beyond just panning and zooming.

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Up and Running with Prezi

47 video lessons · 24037 viewers

Lisa Larson-Kelley
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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
      39s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 14s
    3. Following along in this course
      2m 35s
    4. Dealing with updates
      37s
  2. 8m 24s
    1. What makes a good prezi?
      2m 48s
    2. Planning your presentation
      2m 47s
    3. Best practices
      2m 49s
  3. 7m 22s
    1. Understanding the online editor
      1m 22s
    2. Using the Prezi desktop
      6m 0s
  4. 19m 9s
    1. Creating an account
      2m 33s
    2. Creating prezis
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding the interface
      8m 9s
    4. Navigating the interface
      1m 3s
    5. Moving, scaling, and rotating with the Transformation tool
      2m 4s
    6. Understanding Home view
      1m 5s
  5. 10m 55s
    1. Using the Theme Wizard
      4m 45s
    2. Understanding 3D backgrounds
      1m 49s
    3. Importing from PowerPoint
      4m 21s
  6. 21m 25s
    1. Creating text
      4m 10s
    2. Creating frames
      3m 16s
    3. Drawing shapes
      5m 27s
    4. Adding diagrams
      4m 5s
    5. Adding web links
      4m 27s
  7. 11m 54s
    1. Rotating and aligning elements
      5m 3s
    2. Layering elements
      1m 28s
    3. Grouping elements
      5m 23s
  8. 24m 23s
    1. Inserting images
      6m 43s
    2. Inserting video
      5m 3s
    3. Inserting sound
      1m 59s
    4. Inserting Flash files
      2m 54s
    5. Inserting files
      2m 23s
    6. Organizing assets
      1m 35s
    7. Navigating and rearranging with paths
      3m 46s
  9. 5m 29s
    1. Autoplaying the presentation
      1m 52s
    2. Adding frame animations
      3m 37s
  10. 5m 34s
    1. Editing with others in Prezi Meeting
      3m 43s
    2. Presenting remotely
      1m 51s
  11. 10m 2s
    1. Publishing your prezi
      2m 1s
    2. Configuring privacy settings
      2m 36s
    3. Embedding a prezi in a web site
      1m 59s
    4. Downloading a portable prezi
      3m 26s
  12. 9m 5s
    1. Approaches to presenting
      3m 6s
    2. Presenting from a browser
      1m 8s
    3. Portable prezis
      1m 21s
    4. Presenting from the desktop
      1m 43s
    5. Using Smart Zoom
      1m 47s
  13. 54s
    1. Next steps
      54s

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