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Editing multiple frames


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Video: Editing multiple frames

Often when working in Flash you may have to move an entire animation. Fortunately, this can be a simple process using the Edit Multiple Frames setting. So I am going to scrub the playhead to preview this animation and you'll see that there is a trash can on the bottom right. Now, that's actually its own element and its own animation on its own layer. But if you test the movie, you won't see that trash can until later on. Let's say I wanted to move it up and to the left so it would be right in the line of the skateboarder.
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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 50m 54s
    1. The Break Apart command
      3m 35s
    2. The Distribute To Layers command
      1m 32s
    3. Zooming shortcuts
      2m 13s
    4. Copying and pasting shortcuts
      1m 34s
    5. The Swap and Duplicate Symbol commands
      1m 50s
    6. Shortcuts with graphic symbols
      2m 29s
    7. Editing multiple frames
      2m 9s
    8. Finding and replacing all types of content
      3m 31s
    9. Creating custom code snippets
      2m 26s
    10. Using frame keyboard shortcuts
      2m 5s
    11. The Align panel
      2m 16s
    12. Fast masking
      1m 38s
    13. Shortcuts for rulers and guides
      2m 31s
    14. The essential toolbar shortcuts
      2m 0s
    15. Exporting a movie clip or graphic symbol animation
      5m 39s
    16. Importing sequences of images
      2m 42s
    17. Snap To Guides and Snap To Objects
      3m 29s
    18. Enabling buttons and ActionScript without testing the movie
      2m 18s
    19. Muting sounds
      1m 21s
    20. Using the History panel to create custom shortcuts
      3m 36s
  3. 11m 46s
    1. Panel shortcuts
      1m 48s
    2. Drawing shortcuts
      2m 44s
    3. Testing movies
      1m 30s
    4. Using the Movie Explorer
      3m 29s
    5. Saving and loading colors
      2m 15s
  4. 8m 9s
    1. Using easing presets in the Motion Editor
      3m 21s
    2. Working with frame previews
      1m 45s
    3. Setting onion skinning and onion skinning outlines
      3m 3s
  5. 6m 2s
    1. Working with multiple libraries
      2m 50s
    2. Importing objects to the Library
      1m 5s
    3. Updating graphics in the Library
      2m 7s
  6. 6m 44s
    1. Spell-checking
      2m 19s
    2. Embedding fonts
      2m 21s
    3. Adding variables in a text field
      2m 4s
  7. 12m 35s
    1. Creating new class/interface files
      1m 28s
    2. Using code snippets and behaviors
      3m 38s
    3. Navigating the code throughout your document
      2m 43s
    4. Using the Auto Format tool
      2m 15s
    5. Fixing coding errors
      2m 31s
  8. 22m 29s
    1. Keeping SWF file sizes small
      4m 15s
    2. Making a preloader for better Flash Player performance
      7m 11s
    3. Best practices in ActionScript 3
      6m 1s
    4. Optimizing bitmaps
      3m 6s
    5. Optimizing audio
      1m 56s
  9. 13m 31s
    1. Using Auto-Recovery and Auto-Save
      4m 19s
    2. Working with Authortime shared assets
      2m 58s
    3. Using the new Library Conflict Resolution dialog
      1m 57s
    4. Showing and hiding instances with the new visible property
      2m 38s
    5. Copying and pasting layers
      1m 39s
  10. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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Watch the Online Video Course Flash Professional Power Shortcuts
2h 13m Intermediate May 18, 2011

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In this course, author Todd Perkins helps designers build their power user skills with an array of timesaving tips, tricks, and techniques that work in multiple versions of Flash Professional. Beginning with Todd's top 20 shortcuts, the course includes tips for designing and animating artwork, managing multiple libraries, writing and navigating through code, optimizing bitmaps and audio, and much more.

Topics include:
  • Editing multiple frames
  • Finding and replacing content
  • Importing sequences of images
  • Enabling buttons and ActionScript without testing the movie
  • Creating custom shortcuts with the History panel
  • Animating with easing presets
  • Setting onion skinning and onion skinning outlines
  • Embedding fonts
  • Adding vars in a text field
  • Using code snippets and behaviors
  • Fixing coding errors
  • Limiting SWF file sizes
  • Optimizing Flash Player performance with a preloader
  • Additional Flash CS5.5 shortcuts
Subject:
Web
Software:
Flash Professional
Author:
Todd Perkins

Editing multiple frames

Often when working in Flash you may have to move an entire animation. Fortunately, this can be a simple process using the Edit Multiple Frames setting. So I am going to scrub the playhead to preview this animation and you'll see that there is a trash can on the bottom right. Now, that's actually its own element and its own animation on its own layer. But if you test the movie, you won't see that trash can until later on. Let's say I wanted to move it up and to the left so it would be right in the line of the skateboarder.

To do that, I am going to make sure I lock all the other layers. So I am going to Option+Click or Alt+Click the dot under thelock icon for the trash can layer. So, every other layers locked. Now I am going to click the Edit Multiple Frames button. That's the one with two blue squares at the bottom of the Timeline. Once you clicked that button, then you see a range of frames you have selected. So the range of frames is going to be whatever is in dark gray. So we want this to be the whole range of frames.

So, let's just click-and-drag right on those circle. Make sure we're at the beginning, right. It's just like so and now what I do is press Command+A or Ctrl+A to do a Select All and you can see that I have the beginning and end state of the trash can selected on the screen and I can just use my keyboard to align them up with the skateboarder, maybe something like that. Now let's test the movie and preview the animation. So the trash can is right where you would expect it.

And that's successfully move an entire animation in just a matter of seconds. After you use the Edit Multiple Frames feature, just make sure you uncheck that box at the bottom of the Timeline so you don't accidentally mess with things on frames that you don't expect to be messing with. So to recap, Edit Multiple Frames enables you to move entire animations. You can enable it by clicking the button at the bottom of the timeline.

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