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Lesson 9. Creating a Flash Movie > Working with the Timeline

Working with the Timeline

With all the objects for your Flash movie in the new Flash document, you're now ready to work with the timeline to organize graphical elements in the document and plan the content changes over time to create a movie. First, you'll need to organize these objects so that you can identify them more easily and work with each discrete element independently to animate them.

The major components of the timeline are layers, frames, and the frame indicator. One way to think of layers is to imagine multiple filmstrips stacked on top of each other, each containing a different image that appears on the stage. Like films, Flash movies divide lengths of time into frames. The frame indicator is the red rectangle above the timeline that represents the active frame. You can drag the frame indicator back and forth to preview an animation.


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