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Animating a complex MovieClip

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Now we'll talk about animating complex movie clips. What I mean by complex movie clips are movie clips that contain a lot of layers or a lot of frames. To animate complex movie clip, you'll off have to animate a lot of layers and a lot of frames at the same time. That's what we'll do in this movie. If you're following along, I'm working in 04_Animating_Complex.fla in the Chapter 05 folder in the Exercise Files folder. I'm also inside of the mcRobotDancing movie clip as you can see at the top of my screen. What I'm going to do is create some keyframes.

Animating a complex MovieClip

Now we'll talk about animating complex movie clips. What I mean by complex movie clips are movie clips that contain a lot of layers or a lot of frames. To animate complex movie clip, you'll off have to animate a lot of layers and a lot of frames at the same time. That's what we'll do in this movie. If you're following along, I'm working in 04_Animating_Complex.fla in the Chapter 05 folder in the Exercise Files folder. I'm also inside of the mcRobotDancing movie clip as you can see at the top of my screen. What I'm going to do is create some keyframes.

I'm going to click on the stage but away from the robot, to deselect everything, and then I'm going to click and drag from frame 5 of the top layer to frame 5 of the bottom layer to select frame 5 of every layer. Then I'm going to press F6 on my keyboard to create keyframes of those frames. I'm going to click on the stage and away from the robot to deselect all my frames again. And then what I'm going to do is click and drag from frame 10 of the top layer to frame 10 of the bottom layer. Once I've made my selection of frame 10 of every layer, I'm going to press F6 on my keyboard to create keyframes of those frames.

Now what I'm going to do is modify the artwork on frame 5 and then we'll create motion tweens for all of these frames and Flash will create a looping animation for us. So let's move the playhead to frame 5 and then move the robot. To move the robot I'm going to select the robot's arms, body, head, and neck, and move them all down by pressing down on my keyboard. I'm going to select the robot's right arm and hand and move them down a little bit by pressing down on my keyboard as well. I'll do the same thing with the robot's left arm and hand.

I'm holding Shift on my keyboard while I'm pressing down to move the robot's left arm in bigger steps. I'm going to move the robot's head and neck down a little bit. And I'll select the robot's head and move that down a little bit as well. Now I'm going to move the robot's right foot up a little bit. I'm going to make the robot sort of stopping its feet. And I'll select the robot's left leg and move it down a little bit. Now let's create the animation. Deselect all of the frames in the timeline by clicking on the stage but away from the robot.

And then click and drag from frame 1 of the top layer to frame 10 of the bottom layer. That will select all of your frames. Once you have all your frames selected, right click or Control-click your selected frames. Choose Create Motion Tween from the menu that comes up and Flash creates motion tweens for all the frames for you. Let's scrub the playhead to preview the animation. The robot but does a nice little stomp and moves back up. Let's test the movie by pressing Command+Return on the Mac, or Ctrl+Enter on the PC.

And the robot does that nice little dance. This animation's moving just a little bit slow, so I'm going to increase the frame rate of my Flash movie to make the animation play more quickly. To increase the frame rate, click on the stage away from the robot. In the Property inspector in the frame rate field, change the frame rate to 24 frames per second. Let's test the movie again. Command+Return on the Mac, Ctrl+Enter on the PC. And the robot's got a bouncing dance going, it's great. I'm going to close the Preview window. What I'm going to do is copy this animation and make the robot move it's left foot up, and it's right foot down.

So let's deselect all the frames by clicking on the stage but away from the robot, and then click and drag from frame 1 of the top layer to frame 10 of the bottom layer. Once you have all your frames selected, press and hold Option on your keyboard, if you're on a Mac, or Alt if you're on a PC, and click and drag your frame selection to copy the frames. Notice there's a plus sign by your cursor, indicating that when you release your mouse button, you're going to copy the frame selection that you have. I'm going to place my selection of frames starting at frame 11 and then I'm going to release my mouse button and I'll release Option on my keyboard.

Again, that's Alt on the PC. Move the playhead to frame 15 and then we'll move the robot's right leg down and left leg up. So I'm going to select the robot's right leg on frame 15 and move the leg and foot down a little bit, and move the robot's leg up a little bit. Then I'm going to select the robot's left leg and left foot and move them both up a little bit. And then I'm going select the robot's left foot by itself and move it up a little bit more. Let's test the movie to watch the robot dance. Command+Return on the Mac, Ctrl+Enter on the PC.

And there's the robot doing its little dance. And that's a look how to animate a complex movie clip.

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Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics

79 video lessons · 25610 viewers

Todd Perkins
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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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