Flash Tips

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Video Tutorials / Tips

I posted this in Resources, but incase some people check this more often I wanted to share this //Youtube Channel// this is a great channel for all sorts of flash tips. You can find a great tutorial on buttons which is a simple way to create interaction on your flash site! Videos are also a bit more comprehensive than reading and screenshots since you can see exactly how someone else is doing it. It's like looking over someone's shoulder without the awkwardness.

Tip #1: Remember to Upload SWF with HTML

I've noticed that when people want to upload their HTML exported flash files, they forget to include the SWF, and only upload the HTML file to the folder. You need the swf file in the same folder as the html file you upload, as the html file essentially serves as a placeholder.

Tip #2: SWF Size and Browser Size

If you don't want the flash swf file to get bigger with the browser window, go to Publish Settings, click on the HTML tag, and go to the "Scale" dropdown and select "No Scale". If you don't do this, the flash will increase/decrease with the size of the browser, which is usually undesirable, especially if you use brushwork and you don't want it to look sloppy.

Tip #3: Using illustrations from Illustrator in Flash

I got confused as to how to make tweens and animate my character that I drew in Illustrator in Flash. At first I just dragged the body parts and tried to make tweens in a single layer. After a long while, I realized I had to make each part that I wanted to animate a separate symbol and put them on separate layers, which worked. So if anyone ran into that problem, doing that worked and it keeps everything organized.

Tip #4: Symbol Name and Instance Name are Different (and Labels)

One of the most frustrating things I came across when learning Flash was confusing the Symbol name with the Instance name. Remember that these are two very different things and that generally speaking, you are always going to be using the Instance Name when trying to address a particular symbol through ActionScript. The Symbol Name is more or less and organizational label for your library (from what I've gathered anyhow.)

Labels are also often confused with instance names and symbol names. Labels can be used in conjunction with gotoAndPlay and other similar event handlers. A good way to use labels effectively is to create a labels layer that has labels (which sit on keyframes) at the important parts of the timeline. Labels are used as reference points for your actionscript. Remember, you can have labels on your stage timeline and within individual movie clip timelines (though when doing this a little extra script is involved).

Tip #5: Importing Video
  1. Select File>Import>Import Video.
  2. Select Video: Browse to the video you want to import.
  3. Click Continue.
  4. If the file you're importing is already an FLV, Flash will skip this section because your video is already encoded.
  5. if not click launch Adobe Media Encoder
  6. add your video to the queue and click start to encode
  7. after it is done click continue back in flash
  8. choose a skin and finish!

Tip #6: Shortcuts to improve workflow.

I found these shortcuts to really help me move faster in working in Flash.

  1. Insert new keyframe - F6
  2. Insert blank keyframe - F5
  3. Zoom in - Command+=
  4. Zoom out - Command+-
  5. Play text movie - Command+Return
  6. Copy frame - Command+Option+c
  7. Paste frames - Command+Option+v
  8. Also, when you're in a your main scene, you can just double click symbols to edit them, like Illustrator, so that you can see what the symbol will look like in relation to your other objects in the scene.

Tip #7: Combining multiple flash files.

I know I didn't want to attempt to animate everything in one go, so here is a helpful tip on how to combine different flash files.
Simply follow these steps and then provide a button at the end of one "scene" to link to the next.

To move or copy frames from one movie to another:
  1. Open the movie you wish to move or copy frames from.
  2. Select all frames in all layers. To do this, click in the first frame of the first (top) layer and then shift-click in the last frame of the last (bottom) layer.
  3. Choose Edit > Copy Frames.
  4. Open the movie you wish to copy the frames to.
  5. Select Insert > Scene.
  6. Click in the first blank keyframe of the second movie and choose Edit > Paste Frames.
The layers from the first movie will retain their names in the second movie. Library assets used in the frames copied from the first movie will now appear in the second movie's Library.

PLEASE NOTE: you will have to erase any added frames to some layers, and make sure that all library files are independently named, otherwise you will run into some trouble.