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Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics

Animating a VideoClip


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Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics

with Todd Perkins

Video: Animating a VideoClip

Now that we have our unicycler moving in place, we can animate that video clip. We'll use Flash and create a Motion Tween and animate a video clip. That's what we'll do in this movie. If you're following along, I'm working in 03_Animating_Video.fla in the Chapter 08 folder in the Exercise Files folder. On the stage let's rename layer 1 to video. I'm going to create a new layer. I'm going to call the new layer line. On the line layer I'm going use the Line tool, and just click and drag to draw a diagonal line across the stage.
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  1. 3m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Getting the most from this training
      1m 20s
    3. Using the exercise files
      50s
  2. 15m 28s
    1. Managing digital assets
      4m 9s
    2. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      5m 1s
    3. Creating custom color swatches
      3m 41s
    4. Creating a custom template
      2m 37s
  3. 14m 38s
    1. Working with variables
      3m 41s
    2. Using functions
      3m 30s
    3. Working with events
      2m 11s
    4. Using event listeners
      2m 42s
    5. Working with arrays
      2m 34s
  4. 29m 41s
    1. Understanding dynamic text fields
      2m 37s
    2. Loading text from an external file
      6m 42s
    3. Reading HTML from a text field
      5m 29s
    4. Applying CSS with ActionScript
      7m 0s
    5. Applying external CSS to a text field
      7m 53s
  5. 45m 27s
    1. Masking dynamic text
      4m 59s
    2. Dragging the Scroll Bar
      7m 3s
    3. Calculating a scroll percent
      5m 20s
    4. Setting scroll boundaries
      4m 9s
    5. Connecting the ScrollBar to the text field
      2m 55s
    6. Easing the text with the ScrollBar
      4m 12s
    7. Scrolling the text with buttons
      2m 38s
    8. Animating the scrolling text with the buttons
      4m 26s
    9. Setting boundaries for the scrolling text
      4m 26s
    10. Easing the text using the buttons
      1m 37s
    11. Connecting the ScrollBar to the Scroll buttons
      3m 42s
  6. 20m 46s
    1. Organizing a complex object into layers
      1m 51s
    2. Duplicating MovieClips
      1m 29s
    3. Undocking the timeline
      1m 20s
    4. Animating a complex MovieClip
      4m 36s
    5. Creating an animated Hinge effect
      5m 13s
    6. Creating complex animations
      6m 17s
  7. 28m 1s
    1. Controlling objects with buttons
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding frame labels
      3m 25s
    3. Using buttons to navigate labeled frames
      2m 30s
    4. Nesting code within MovieClips
      5m 8s
    5. Adding sound to the application
      2m 34s
    6. Adding drag interactivity to the robot
      6m 1s
    7. Animating the dragged robot
      4m 17s
  8. 20m 3s
    1. Understanding components
      2m 30s
    2. Using components to setup a form
      3m 45s
    3. Setting up the form to send an email
      3m 38s
    4. Working with form variables
      6m 11s
    5. Skinning components
      3m 59s
  9. 27m 40s
    1. Using transparency in a video
      4m 16s
    2. Working with embedded video
      3m 38s
    3. Animating a VideoClip
      2m 53s
    4. Creating an advanced animation with video
      2m 40s
    5. Working with the bitmap data class
      3m 37s
    6. Working with the bitmap class
      1m 40s
    7. Copying the video to create a reflection
      1m 35s
    8. Reflecting the video
      2m 42s
    9. Enhancing a video reflection with a mask
      4m 39s
  10. 1h 38m
    1. Viewing the finished MP3 player
      1m 45s
    2. Understanding the project flow
      2m 52s
    3. Preparing to build the MP3 player
      5m 11s
    4. Understanding classes and packages
      5m 32s
    5. Creating the MP3 player class
      9m 59s
    6. Loading sounds from external files
      9m 20s
    7. Accessing ID3 tag information
      6m 11s
    8. Controlling sound playback with Play and Pause buttons
      11m 3s
    9. Changing tracks
      12m 1s
    10. Displaying the current volume
      9m 33s
    11. Changing the volume
      6m 40s
    12. Wiring the progress bar
      8m 4s
    13. Building the progress bar slider
      10m 4s
  11. 5m 36s
    1. Making Flash movies accessible
      1m 49s
    2. Adding a name and description to your Flash movie
      52s
    3. Accessibility and text fields
      2m 55s
  12. 12m 2s
    1. Understanding Flash Mobile
      35s
    2. Exploring Device Central
      1m 45s
    3. Updating Device Profiles
      1m 7s
    4. Creating a Flash file from Device Central
      2m 7s
    5. Creating and testing Flash Lite applications
      2m 48s
    6. Downloading the Flash Lite player for Windows Mobile
      1m 44s
    7. Getting a Flash Lite application onto your phone
      1m 56s
  13. 27s
    1. Goodbye
      27s

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Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics
5h 21m Intermediate Dec 06, 2007

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Through several hands-on tutorials, instructor Todd Perkins shows how to best build dynamic, streamlined sites using Flash CS3 Professional. Learn how to create custom keyboard shortcuts, apply advanced text techniques such as animating scrolling text with custom easing controls, and using advanced animation techniques. Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics covers many challenging features, including adding complex interactivity to a Flash CS3 project and getting Flash content on a phone. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Customizing Flash CS3 and managing assets Working with ActionScript variables Understanding dynamic text fields Adding interactivity to dynamic text Animating a complex MovieClip Using buttons to navigate labeled frames Working with components Exploring advanced audio and video techniques Creating accessible Flash content Understanding Flash Mobile
Subject:
Web
Software:
Flash Professional
Author:
Todd Perkins

Animating a VideoClip

Now that we have our unicycler moving in place, we can animate that video clip. We'll use Flash and create a Motion Tween and animate a video clip. That's what we'll do in this movie. If you're following along, I'm working in 03_Animating_Video.fla in the Chapter 08 folder in the Exercise Files folder. On the stage let's rename layer 1 to video. I'm going to create a new layer. I'm going to call the new layer line. On the line layer I'm going use the Line tool, and just click and drag to draw a diagonal line across the stage.

It could be any color any width or height, it doesn't matter. And now we'll animate our unicycler along that path. So on the line layer, let's select frame 54 and then press F5 on the keyboard to extend the timeline to that frame. Then I'm going to select frame 54 of the video layer and press F6 on my keyboard to create a keyframe there. Now I'm going use the Selection tool and click and drag the video from its registration point to snap to the line. That doesn't need to be perfect, as long as it looks like the unicycler is on the line, that's fine.

Let's go to the first keyframe by clicking and dragging the playhead. I'll select the video on the stage, and then click and drag the video from its registration point and snap it on to the very beginning of line. Now notice here we're not creating a motion guide, we're just creating start and end points. In this case, we don't need to create a motion guide because the motion is in a straight line. So what I'm going to do is click in between the first and last keyframes on the video layer, then I'm going to right-click or Control-click and choose Create Motion Tween. Scrub the playhead to preview the animation.

Notice now that the animation's not playing. That's because a movie clip does not play along with the timeline. It animates independent of the timeline. In order to preview this animation, we'd have to double-click the movie clip and then scrub the playhead inside of that movie clip like we did in the last movie. Let's test the movie and see our animated video in action. Command+Return on the Mac, Ctrl+Enter on the PC. And there is our animated video. I'm going to close the Preview window, and not only can we create a Motion Tween but we can also apply easing effects or any other effects that we could apply to a movie clip on this video.

So what I'm going to do is click in between the two keyframes in the video player and in the Property inspector I'm going to click the Ease slider and drag this to ease in. So I'm going to drag this slider all the way down so the animation will ease in. So it'll move faster and faster as the animation progreses. Now let's test the movie. Command+Return on the Mac, Ctrl+Enter on the PC. You can see that he moves faster as he gets further down the slope. And there's look at animating video in Flash.

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