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In Flash Professional CS5 Essential Training, author Todd Perkins explains the fundamentals of Flash Professional CS5, the industry standard for creating animations and interactive applications for the web, desktop, and mobile devices. This course starts with the basics, such as using the drawing tools to create simple animations, and progresses to automating animation with tweens and adding interactivity with ActionScript. This course also covers how to add sound and video to projects, enhance realism with effects like easing, and publish a project to a variety of platforms. Exercise files are included.
Let's say you wanted to export an animation you created in Flash as a QuickTime movie. To do that, I highly recommend using graphic symbols rather than movie clips for animation. Movie clips are not as predictable, while graphic symbols allow you to see what the animation is going to be on each frame. So I have an animated graphic symbol here and I used movie clips, but I didn't use movie clips for animation per se. So the bridge is a movie clip because it's a 3D object. I didn't put an animation inside of a movie clip for this.
So let's export this as a QuickTime movie. To do that go to File > Export and then choose Export Movie. So for here I can choose QuickTime for the Format, I can name the file and click Save, and then I can choose my settings for exporting my file. Note that you can choose whether to ignore the Stage color and generate an alpha channel. For this application, I don't need to do that so I'm going to leave the box unchecked. Then you choose when to stop exporting and where to store temporary data. If you want better control of your QuickTime settings, you can click the QuickTime Settings button and then you can adjust the video settings and the audio settings as well.
All of these default settings are okay with me, so I'll click OK and then I'll click Export to create the QuickTime movie. Once it's done, you'll see a pop-up from Flash. That will tell you about the status of the export and where you can view the information at. So I'll click OK and I'll tab over to Finder and you'll see that QuickTime movie. So if I double-click it, my QuickTime player will open up and I can click the button to play the movie. So there you have it. To get a QuickTime movie out of Flash, just make sure to use graphic symbols and you can just go to File > Export > Export Movie.
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