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Chapter 11. More- Complex Animation Task... > Saving Animations As Movie-Clip Symb...

Saving Animations As Movie-Clip Symbols

The procedure that you use to save an animation as a movie-clip symbol is the same as for saving an animated graphic symbol, except that you define the symbol as a movie clip in the Symbol Properties dialog box.

To convert an animation to a movie-clip symbol:

Open the document that you created to make the Ping-Pong animation in "Animating Multiple Motion Tweens" earlier in this chapter, or create your own multiple-layer animation.

The Ping Pong animation is a 3-layer, 20-frame animation.

In the Timeline, select all 20 frames in all three layers.

From the Edit menu, choose Copy Frames.

From the Insert menu, choose New Symbol, or press -F8 (Mac) or Ctrl-F8 (Windows).

The Symbol Properties dialog box appears.

In the Symbol Properties dialog box, type a name for your symbol—for example, Ping Pong Clip.

As the default behavior, Movie Clip is already selected for your symbol (Figure 11.38).

Figure 11.38. Selecting Movie Clip in the Behavior section of the Symbol Properties dialog box defines a symbol that has an independent Timeline. The entire movie-clip symbol runs in a single frame in the main movie that contains that symbol.

Click OK.

Flash creates a new symbol in the Library window and switches you to symbol- editing mode, with that symbol selected.

The name of your symbol appears in the top-left corner of the window. The default Timeline for your new symbol consists of just one layer and a blank keyframe at Frame 1.

In the symbol Timeline, select Frame 1, and choose Edit > Paste Frames.

Flash pastes all the 20 frames and three layers that you copied from the original Ping-Pong movie into the Timeline for the Ping Pong Animation symbol (Figure 11.39). If you want to make any adjustments in the animation sequence, you can do so at this point.

Figure 11.39. After you name the symbol and define its behavior in the Symbol Properties dialog box, Flash switches to symbol-editing mode. The movie-clip icon precedes the name of the symbol. You can now paste the animation frames into the symbol's Timeline.

To return to movie-editing mode, click the current scene name in the top-left corner of the window.



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