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Adding sound effects


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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding

Video: Adding sound effects

If you would like to create a full interactive experience for people who are going to be viewing your content, you can also incorporate sound effects into your Flash Catalyst projects. For example, let's say you'd like to add small sound effects so that each time you mouse over a button, a little sound is played. Adding these types of effects in Flash Catalyst is really easy. I will start here by opening my Timelines panel and I will select the first button right here. In Flash Catalyst, a sound effect is applied very much like actions you are already familiar with like fades and resize actions or rotates.
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  1. 9m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Key concepts
      4m 33s
    3. When should I use Flash Catalyst?
      2m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 33m 12s
    1. Creating a new project
      5m 14s
    2. Defining components
      6m 26s
    3. Adding pages
      5m 41s
    4. Adding interaction
      6m 20s
    5. Adding transitions
      7m 12s
    6. Publishing options
      2m 19s
  3. 21m 37s
    1. Planning your project
      8m 11s
    2. Starting your project in Illustrator
      4m 9s
    3. Starting your project in Photoshop
      4m 22s
    4. Starting your project in Fireworks
      3m 10s
    5. Starting your project in Flash Catalyst
      1m 45s
  4. 30m 55s
    1. Understanding components
      5m 14s
    2. Creating a button component
      7m 10s
    3. Creating a checkbox component
      3m 55s
    4. Creating a radio button component
      5m 10s
    5. Creating a toggle button component
      2m 4s
    6. Creating a text input component
      1m 35s
    7. Creating horizontal and vertical slider components
      2m 46s
    8. Creating horizontal and vertical scrollbar components
      3m 1s
  5. 31m 55s
    1. Using the drawing and selection tools
      5m 52s
    2. Setting object properties
      4m 48s
    3. Importing artwork
      2m 27s
    4. Editing artwork in Illustrator
      6m 29s
    5. Editing artwork in Photoshop
      4m 27s
    6. Working with text
      3m 39s
    7. Optimizing artwork
      4m 13s
  6. 28m 56s
    1. Understanding pages and layers
      9m 50s
    2. Editing pages and states
      7m 24s
    3. Using grids, guides, and rulers
      1m 40s
    4. Aligning and arranging objects
      2m 27s
    5. Moving elements between pages and states
      4m 33s
    6. Using the Library panel
      3m 2s
  7. 54m 43s
    1. Understanding interaction types
      8m 24s
    2. Creating conditional interactions
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding the timeline
      7m 40s
    4. Creating smooth transitions
      7m 44s
    5. Defining Move transitions
      3m 33s
    6. Defining Resize transitions
      3m 53s
    7. Defining Rotate transitions
      2m 53s
    8. Defining Rotate 3D transitions
      3m 35s
    9. Adjusting basic timing
      5m 57s
    10. Creating an action sequence
      7m 58s
  8. 18m 11s
    1. Creating Flash video files
      3m 32s
    2. Placing video into a project
      3m 51s
    3. Controlling video playback
      3m 51s
    4. Adding sound effects
      3m 17s
    5. Integrating Flash content
      3m 40s
  9. 25m 53s
    1. Using a Data List to define repeating elements
      4m 11s
    2. Creating a basic Data List pt. 1: Building the components
      5m 31s
    3. Creating a basic Data List pt. 2: Adding the data
      3m 8s
    4. Planning a complex Data List
      1m 57s
    5. Creating a complex Data List pt. 1: Building the components
      6m 33s
    6. Creating a complex Data List pt. 2: Adding the data
      4m 33s
  10. 12m 14s
    1. Publishing an SWF file to view locally or offline
      2m 30s
    2. Publishing an SWF files to upload to the web
      2m 35s
    3. Integrating an SWF file into a web page with Dreamweaver
      2m 25s
    4. Integrating an SWF file into a web page with an HTML text editor
      2m 48s
    5. Publishing an Adobe AIR file
      1m 56s
  11. 7m 52s
    1. Creating custom components
      4m 27s
    2. Working with Library Packages
      1m 47s
    3. Using the Code view in Flash Catalyst
      1m 38s
  12. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training
4h 35m Beginner Apr 12, 2010

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In Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding demonstrates how to create and publish fully interactive Flash (SWF) micro sites, widgets, portfolios, and applications from static Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks artwork—all without writing code. The course covers planning a project, importing and organizing assets, creating interactive components, defining repeating data lists, and publishing final projects. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Organizing a Flash Catalyst project with layers and pages
  • Roundtrip editing with Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Sharing artwork across pages and states
  • Creating data lists for repeating elements in the Design-Time Data panel
  • Defining conditional parameters for an interaction
  • Integrating audio and video
  • Triggering state changes with interactions
  • Creating custom components
  • Exporting to SWF or AIR
  • Placing a SWF file into an HTML page on a web site
Subject:
Web
Software:
Flash Catalyst
Author:
Mordy Golding

Adding sound effects

If you would like to create a full interactive experience for people who are going to be viewing your content, you can also incorporate sound effects into your Flash Catalyst projects. For example, let's say you'd like to add small sound effects so that each time you mouse over a button, a little sound is played. Adding these types of effects in Flash Catalyst is really easy. I will start here by opening my Timelines panel and I will select the first button right here. In Flash Catalyst, a sound effect is applied very much like actions you are already familiar with like fades and resize actions or rotates.

In other words, sound effects are just another type of a transition. So we need to specify exactly when that sound effects or when that transition is going to occur. In this example, I would like to make it so that when I run my mouse over the button, meaning when I transition from the Up to the Over state of this button, a sound should play. So I will start by double-clicking on the button so I can actually see the different states of my button. Remember that now that I'm inside of the button itself, the Timelines panel updates to not show me pages, but show me states of my selected button.

So where it says State Transitions, I am going to select the Up to Over transition. You will notice over here by the way, that I don't have any smooth transitions specified for this transition. Remember that just because the button is there, it doesn't mean you need to click on it. In this case, I really want the button to switch from the black and white version to the color version very quickly without fading from one end to the other. However, I do want a sound to play. I need to have some kind of object selected in order to add an action. So I am going to click over here on the Monochromatic (Group).

Next, I am going to click over here where it says Add Action, and I am going to choose to add a Sound Effect. At this point, Flash Catalyst asks me to select an asset, of course here, I would want to select a sound asset from my library, but currently inside of my project, I don't have any sound effects. So I can click on the Import button to bring some sound effects into my project. Flash Catalyst can use any MP3 file as a sound effect, but Flash Catalyst also comes with a collection of cool sound effects that you can use.

When you click on the Import button, Flash Catalyst automatically navigates directly to this folder. You can click on any of these files to select them, for example Electronic Button and then click on the Open button to import it. You could then click on this little arrow here to preview what the sound sounds like. Now I am not really happy with that sound, so I am going to try to import another one. There's one here called Flash Beep. I am going to choose to open that one, and preview it. That sounds a lot more subtle and I really like that sound so I am going to use it.

So I am going to click OK, and now you can see that the sound effect, Flash Beep.mp3 was now added here to my Timeline. Now I can preview this transition by clicking on the Play button here in the Timelines panel. So I can see that as I move from the Up state to the Over state, that sound is going to play. There are many ways to use sounds inside of your project, for example, maybe you'll have some background music for ambiance but the important thing to note about Flash Catalyst is that adding sound is just as easy as adding any other kind of effect to your project.

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Q: In Flash Catalyst, is it possible to control two sound sources being played at the same time? For example, the main audio will take priority, and the secondary audio will only be played at 20% (or any user defined percentage) of the main audio?
A: In the 1.0 version of Flash Catalyst, this is not possible.
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