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Lesson 5. Building a Flash Video Simulation

Lesson 5. Building a Flash Video Simulation

In this lesson we turn our attention to creating rich learning media in Macromedia Flash MX, which is ideal for creating learning media for several reasons:

  • Flash is a self-contained environment, so you don't have to worry about browser compatibility, standards compliance, file management, the difficulty in passing data between pages, or any other limitations of HTML environments.

  • While Flash requires a plug-in, well over 95 percent of users already have it. Those who don't can download it for free in less than two minutes, with a dial-up modem.

  • Flash is a robust multimedia tool, with a mature set of tools for creating complex animations and interactivity.

  • Flash's visual interface is easy to learn and use, enabling you to create interactive learning experiences quickly and easily.

Interactive computer simulation videos are easy to make and effective learning tools.

Flash, like most major multimedia authoring programs, gives you plenty of tools to create wonders—or shoot yourself in the foot. In this lesson, you will create a simple interactive video tutorial, with an emphasis on forming good authoring habits.

This lesson—and all of the Flash lessons—assumes that you are not a total stranger to the program. While the lessons are meant to be accessible and take little for granted, you should have at least worked through the Introduction to Flash MX tutorial (Help > Tutorials > Introduction to Flash MX) and have spent some time experimenting in the Flash environment, familiarizing yourself with the interface and major tools. You also should have a basic understanding of timelines, keyframes and frames, tweens, symbols, and the library. With even this little behind you, you are ready to create a media-rich learning asset.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

In this lesson, you will:

  • Create an animated Flash video simulation

  • Structure a Flash movie

  • Animate a cursor, using motion tweening

  • Create simple user interactivity with a Flash button

APPROXIMATE TIME

This lesson takes approximately 1½ hours to complete.

LESSON FILES

Media Files

cursor_white.gif

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Starting Files

Lesson05/Start/extension_start.fla

Completed Files

Lesson05/Complete/extension_complete.fla


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