Environment & Timeline Lecture Notes -
Objective #1: Understand the Flash Environment
- you can zoom in and out of the stage.
- change the background color & size
- frames - The default rate at which a Flash movie plays is 12 fps (frames
per second). You can change this rate very easily.
- Pointer tool, Drawing tools, Color tools, etc.
- Be able to close & reopen panels.
- A 21" monitor sure comes in handy when using Flash.
Objective #2: Be able to open a .fla file and play a movie
- Open a Flash file from a demo that you downloaded from the Web
and practice playing the movie by:
- Use the Controller
- Use the Control/Play menu command or press the Enter key. Some interaction
such as buttons may not work.
- Use the Control/Test Movie menu command or press Ctrl + Enter.
- Drag your mouse across the top of the Timeline window.
Objective #3: Be able to create a new Flash movie file and save it
as a .fla file.
- follow the instructor's demonstration to create a simple animation with motion
Objective #4: Be able to work with the Layers panel and the Timeline
- realize that multiple layers appear stacked in the Timeline window
- a movie can be divided up into multiple scenes for better organization
- you should place objects, that you want to act independently, into different
layers. This does not increase the file size of a published movie.
Objective #5: Appreciate and explain the importance of planning a Flash
movie and Flash-produced web site
- Storyboarding a Flash movie with animation is every bit as important as
storyboarding the design of a web page.
- Steps for planning a Flash application
- State the purpose
- Identify the audience
- Determine the treatment ("look and feel", tone, approach,
- Develop the specifications and storyboard
- Screen design guidelines include balance, unity, & movement
- Interactive design guidelines
Objective #6: Be able to publish and export a Flash movie
- The original Flash movie itself is saved with the file extension .fla. This
is a file that retains layers and frames like an "unflattened" Photoshop .psd or Fireworks
- To use a Flash movie on the Web, you must publish (i.e. export) it as a
.swf (pronounced "swiff") file. You also need a .html web page to
contain the Flash .swf movie.
- To use a Flash movie in a stand-alone format without a web browser, you
can export a movie as a projector.
- Follow the instructor's demonstration to practice publishing a movie for distribution
on the Web vs. creating a projector file.