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10 Flash Tips To Keep You From Losing Your Sanity

2010-11-29 18:40:39 by RWappin

http://www.wappinanimation.com/vault/10tips. html

Hopefully this helps some poor soul who's wanted to shoot their computer screen while trying to make a flash in this crazy world.


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2010-11-29 18:48:18

I will use this if I EVER get Flash... Hopefully.

RWappin responds:

Good B)


2010-11-29 19:20:40

holy shit i didnt even know about that sync thing gee thanks ryan ive been fighting that crap for YEARS

RWappin responds:

Awesome no problem. :P


2010-11-29 19:27:34

I remember drawing a level for a game for hours then filling in a little section and everything turned black. Ever since then I've had this problem dozens of times. Sometimes it's forced me to stop working on some art altogether.Thanks for the tip in pinpointing what's causing the problem.

RWappin responds:

No problem, good to see this is helping people. :D


2010-11-29 19:48:52

Didn't know about the sync+snap thing. Also movieclips WILL export to video properly in Flash CS3, but not Flash 8. I have Zekey to thank for that.

RWappin responds:

Really? Huh, that's interesting.


2010-11-29 20:15:05

When I want to put a certain animation in a new symbol I go like this;

CUT the frames that you want in a symbol
Press CTRL+F8
PASTE the frames from before in your new symbol
Exit the symbol and it will now be in your library.

RWappin responds:

Cool, I never knew about Ctrl + F8


2010-11-29 20:35:06

Oh god I hope that audio sync thing works. I've had so many damn issues with that crap

RWappin responds:

It works.

It really really works. :]


2010-11-29 20:37:13

oh wow yeah that audio sync trick is neat, I'll try it next time I export somethin. I used the movie-clip trick but it's frustrating for bed music'd vids.

RWappin responds:

Yeah man, the movie clip thing takes a while, but it's the only thing that works. (Unless apparently you have cs3. People with cs3 are telling me you can export as Quicktime no problem and even movie clips play.)


2010-11-29 20:42:45

Hmm I needa fix some movie clips then!

RWappin responds:

Have fun with that! :P


2010-11-29 21:16:18

Oh god I learned to always crtl+s the hard way. I remember working on an animation for school that got so massive it would crash every 30 seconds. When it crashes after I finish a long piece of lip synching I would melt down and nearly break my computer :P So now it's like a twitching habit to crtl+s after every 2 lines I draw.

RWappin responds:

Dude I've lost days of work before. Totally learned the hard way myself. XD


2010-11-29 21:45:33

These are pretty nice. However, mp3 has a much better compression/quality ratio than ADPCM, that's why its favored.
Also, there is a well known workaround to stream desyncing. And you can indeed use mp3.
The problem with stream is, all sound in your movie gets mixed into one long sound. Even if you separate the sounds, makes no difference. But this only happens per timeline.
Movieclips however, work almost like separate Flash movies, and separate timelines. If you animate your scenes into movieclips, the stream sound is reset every time a new movieclip plays. You would only experience desync if your movieclip scene was longer than a couple minutes. All it takes is simple actionscript to control the playback of each scene.

RWappin responds:

I've found ADPCM to have acceptable quality. (Especially if you turn it up to 44kHz instead of 22 kHz.) You can probably get better quality out of an mp3 if you turn the kbps up but by then you're making the filesize pretty huge anyway.

I remember trying the movie clip trick back when I was having problems with sync, but the problem was the sound file I had was one big almost 12 minute clip. I tried breaking it up and piecing it together but as you can imagine that got really messy.

AND.... on top of that was all the video export problems I had with movie clips!


2010-11-29 21:52:43

I remember having eight of those troubles, all of which I eventually found I could resolve--but it was only from reading a BBS post you made that I discovered the ADPCM sound setup. And for that, I should thank you a hundred thousand times.

RWappin responds:

A hundred thousand you're welcomes. B)


2010-11-29 22:18:58

send that link to my page! Id appreciate it

RWappin responds:

What do you mean? Can't you click it right here?


2010-11-29 23:53:26

I learned a few things thanks dude.

RWappin responds:

Sweet. :D


2010-11-30 02:44:24

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the audio syncing trick. Perhaps that's why my Madness Day flash is sucking ass at syncing up correctly. I'll have to fix that.


RWappin responds:

Awesome! No problem!!!!


2010-12-05 12:56:23

ill show this to my friend that is just starting with flash


2011-01-21 02:44:16

Wow dude, thanks so much for making this tutorial. I just can't express how grateful I am that people like you work this hard without definite appreciation.

Thanks for making the tutorial, bookmarked.


2015-08-22 20:42:33

Hah, the old version of flash. How I miss it!


2015-11-29 07:17:53

It won't let me go on the page! It says :
Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator at webmaster@wappinanimation.ddcmediasolutions.com to inform them of the time this error occurred, and the actions you performed just before this error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Weird, isn't it?

RWappin responds:

Oh sorry - in the middle of redesigning my site atm