What is flash? You must read
As DSL starts to reign over the Internet, flash movies
been to make web pages have a "computer program" quality - without
sacrificing quick loading time. Flash brings us closer to that. The bandwidth is
the limit, and as that is conquered - Flash will rule the world. Man, I love
Want to see a cool flash movie that uploads fast?
This is the absolutely best use of Flash I've ever
seen. It appears to be of Computer Program quality. Therefore, it is slower
uploading. I suggest you take a look at this to see the capabilities Flash has,
yet the limitation put on it by modem speeds.
1) The first time you go into Flash 5, several windows
pop up (i.e. mixer, characters etc.) You can close all those small windows
except for the "tools" window.
3) A white box will appear in the middle of the screen,
this is your canvas.
4) First you must decided on a background color for
your movie. If you are trying to match the color with your web page - make sure
the shade is exact, or else it will clash.
This course is simply a starter, because there is no
limit to what you can do within the Flash program.
The movies are made up of many layers (referred
to by geeks as an onion). Layers might refer to graphics, sounds, events and
movies within the movies. Each layer is pictured in the horizontal lines at
the top half of your screen.
To achieve the "animated" look, you must
work within a series of "keyframes". Here's what the image might look
like, the bird might actually be flying.
This is done by right clicking a frame (thos
little rectangular boxes), and choosing the "insert keyframe" command.
You will then see a black dot appear in that frame - letting you know,
this is a keyframe.
But within the keyframes, you must have regular
frames, to add time between keyframes. This prevents your visitors from
going bug eyed.
To insert more time within keyframes, click the single
rectangle with the black dot in it and press "F5" until you have the
amount of time you wish.
TIP: To change the FPS go to
Modify>movie...>Then in the "frame rate" field, type the number
of frames per second that you want.
If you want to have a key frame twice as long as it
currently is, simply highlight the whole key frame, by clicking the middle of
the rectangle and press F5. This will duplicate your frames.
You might want to copy some keyframes, especially when
doing animations within the movie, or fading text.
TIP: Have the first 10 seconds be low resolution
"loading" frames. Simply have text and perhaps a tiny bit of
animation. (like a dot moving around the screen, or lines changing colors, or
have a countdown with an explosion at the end). This allows time for graphics
and sounds to load, without disturbing the process of the film.
Test your movie by
pressing "Enter" on your keyboard. To do a mock-up, real thing test
Highlight your typed text, right click, and choose
"character properties". This will allow you to change fonts, colors
and font sizes.
TIP: In some of the newer versions, they let you
embed links within the movie. Under character properties, there is a text field
box that says URL. Simply type the web address you want to link to from the
flash movie. It took me forever to figure out how it works, SO! FOR THE URL TO
WORK YOU MUST DO THE FOLLOWING:
Control>Enable simple frame actions
How to work with animated GIF's in a flash
I don't know what else to tell you - except choose a
Your movie will load faster if you have less images
from outside sources, and more text and hand drawn graphics right on to the
Drawing and Painting
NOTES: 3 things that are kinda cool to know.
Before you begin on the sound and music effects,
please take note:
Records show that if your web site does not load in
20 seconds or less, visitors leave. You have 20 seconds to work with, GET
THEIR ATTENTION. Focus on the first 20 seconds, and if you get them
hooked - perhaps they will stick around for your cool stuff, and even wait a
NOTES: The "event" variable will cause the
sound to upload at that frame - while "stream" will play it whenever
the sound uploads - which could be before or after that frame. Loop let's the
computer know how many times to play the sound/song.
A box will appear asking you what you want to save your
file as. Most of you will simply take the default settings like normal...but you
do have more options.
You can save you movie as a GIF Image - I suggest this
for smaller movies, and those without sound.
You can save the "sound track" of your movie
as a WAV - if you have several sounds mixed. This is handy to have sometimes.
There are other options - but you probably just want to
save it as a Flash movie (.swf).
Now another box will appear asking you some standard
export questions. Some of these won't apply to you.
If you figured out how to add more layers then one, you
may want to decide in which order you want them to load. (bottom up, top down)
depending on whether you want events, graphics or sounds to load first.
If it seems that the upload time may be slow, have your
movie generate a size report.
Protecting from input & Omit Tracing * Debugging
Permitted - this is in most cases non-applicable.
JPEG quality - the higher the quality, the sharper the
film - the lower the quality, the faster the uploading.
Depending on the sound variable you chose (streaming,
event) will depend on which option you edit, both have the same parameters:
The lower the bit rate, the lower the file size -
however this also decreases quality. Be careful that your tracks don't come
across sounding like "static".
A fast quality = lower file size, this is a good
If at the last minute, you choose not to have sounds,
simply over ride it here. And where it reads "Version:" just take the
default. And that's it, press "OK", and you are good to go!
How To Get It On Your
1) Highlight the following code, and press CTRL-C.
WIDTH="458" HEIGHT="331" LOOP="false"
2) Insert>HTML Tag>Ctrl-V to paste
3) Alter what is highlighted in red, replacing it with
the file name of your flash movie. This is case sensitive, so be careful to copy
it exactly. You might also want to alter the WIDTH, HEIGHT, and LOOP variables.
4) Pretend like you are going to insert an image -
choose all files, and find your Flash Movie.
5) The file will appear as a broken image, that's OK.
6) Upload the site to the internet, doing a test to
make sure the movie uploaded properly.
7) Delete the broken image, and re-upload.
That's it, you have just completed one of the highest
quality multi-media resources available to a web master! Congrats!