Flash Templates Tutorials - Frames
Conversion to a specific frame:
Click the required frame at the header of the timeline or drag the playhead to the desired location. To stop animation and to cancel selection of some already selected frames, click the header of the timeline.
Centering of the playhead - click Center frame located in the status line of the timeline.
Displaying the status of the frame – In the status line of the timeline there is a current frame number and the current frame rate, set in Modify / Movie displayed. When playing animation, there is an actual rate of frames change showed which may be different from the frame rate of the clip if the computer is unable to play the animation with sufficient speed.
-Status line of the Timeline
Changing the view of the frame in the Timeline – at the menu Frame View set the number of frames displayed in the timeline. By default, frames look like narrow cells.
The following change of the width of these cells are possible:
Large frames are suitable for a detailed view of sound waves. With item Short you can make lines shorter. Menu Frame View is normal and reduced presentation of frames.
To show a reduced image of each frame content at the timeline there are two methods of preview.
These methods are useful for monitoring animation but occupy more space on the screen.
-Preview menu shows the content of each frame only, scaling it so as to fully occupy the entire surface of the frame at the timeline. As a result, the scale of display of the frame content may be different for different frames.
-Preview in Context menu shows each frame of the clip fully. It is useful when viewing the shifting of elements within the frames while animation, but the elements appear to be less than in Preview.
-Creating a frame label and comments to clip – frame labels are useful for identification of key frames in the Timeline and when using target links in actions like Go To and If Frame Is Loaded you should use them, and not numbers of frames.
When you add or delete frames, the label is shifting with the frame which it was originally attached to while frame numbers may change. Frame labels are exported along with information about the clip, so to reduce the size of the file avoid long titles. Frames marked with "lattice" are signs of animated GIF and PNG formats.
Comments are useful as tags for you as well as for other people working on the same clip. They are not used in animation. Since the comments are not exported with information on the clip, you can make them whatever long you want.
To create frame label or comment: Double-click on the frame or select a frame, then Modify / Frame.
In the dialog box Frame Properties open a tag Label.
Depending on the desired, select Label or Comment.
Enter text in the window Name
-Tags in the Timeline. Frame-by-frame animation is displayed in several key frames located on end in the timeline.
Tweened in the timeline is displayed as follows: Motion-tweening - Key frames are marked with a black point, and the intermediate link of tweened structure is marked with black arrow at the blue background.
Key frames of the Shape tweening are marked with black point and intermediate link of tweened structure is marked with black arrow on the green background
Dotted line indicates a problem with animation. Separate key frames are marked with black points.
Light gray frames after the key frame contain the same as the key frame without any changes.
Empty key frame is marked with a small black circle. The small sign indicates that the key frame was assigned with an action from the dialog box Properties Frame. Red checkbox indicates that the key frame contains a label or a comment.