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Using the Timeline

From: Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5

Video: Using the Timeline

The Timeline will not only be where all of the animation takes place, but where you can also build out the sections for your web site. So if I expand out my Timeline just by grabbing that line, I can see all of my content in here. And currently all of my content exists in this first frame. So I'm going to space out everything, and I really want to space everything out to about 50 frames. So as you can see, I can select the various frames and what I want to do is I want to extend out, say for instance, the Clouds layer here.

Using the Timeline

The Timeline will not only be where all of the animation takes place, but where you can also build out the sections for your web site. So if I expand out my Timeline just by grabbing that line, I can see all of my content in here. And currently all of my content exists in this first frame. So I'm going to space out everything, and I really want to space everything out to about 50 frames. So as you can see, I can select the various frames and what I want to do is I want to extend out, say for instance, the Clouds layer here.

So I can right-click and all I need to do is Insert Frame. That extends out the timeline. So let me click on this number 1 and if I hit Enter, you can see that it'll play through my Timeline now. And it just shows my content for that very first frame since it only exists in that first frame. So if want to extend out everything what I can do is just do click and drag to select all of these frames. Now, I can do a right-click and Insert Frame.

Now everything has been extended out to this 50th frame. Now, I can start spacing out my content because as you can see it's all one on top of the next. So I'm going to go ahead and just select these 2 keyframes and again I can just click and drag to select these 2 keyframes. And then space out the Home section. So it's about at Frame 10. Notice that this shows me what frame I'm on and it says 10. All right, the about section again I'll just click and drag to select those 2 keyframes. Put that at about Frame 20.

Portfolio section, you can drag, bring that out to about 30 like that. And then the Contact section, and its background out to about Frame 40. There we are so I'll click back on Frame 1. I'll hit Enter and you see actually what's happening all my content does appear, but it starts stacking one on top of the next. So you run in to this case where you want the content to not exist beyond a certain point. Say for instance, this home background. I actually want to make it not exist so it just shows this about contents.

Okay, so let's just scroll this up. So all I need to do there instead of sort of turning them off, what I can do is do a right-click and I can go ahead and insert a blank keyframe. So currently this is a keyframe. It's actually filled with content. That's why it's a black dot, but if I want to insert a blank keyframe, what that does is it removes all of the content at that point in time. So now we have that empty dot right there. So now the content doesn't exist beyond that point.

So again right-click, Insert Blank Keyframe, and that starts to look a lot better. So Home section, there is my About section. So I want to do this of course for my other sections as well. Again, if I don't want content to exist beyond a certain point, just insert a blank keyframe. And again you can select multiple keyframes just like that. And Insert Blank Keyframe like that, and that's how we set up a web site.

So that works pretty well. In fact if I hit Enter you can see all of my content appear accordingly. So now with all my section set up, the next step is really going to adding some transitions to this Timeline.

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