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Part I: Approaching Advanced Animation > Working with Video and 3D

Chapter 2. Working with Video and 3D

This chapter explores the exciting possibilities of using media created outside of Flash in your Flash project. Combining digital video or 3D graphics with Flash lets you develop imagery with all the interactivity of Flash ActionScript but without the limitations of the Flash drawing tools. For example, you can create truly interactive movies by importing your videos into Flash, adding buttons, sounds, and graphics, and then exporting the integrated file as a QuickTime movie. Another way is to use an imported video to serve as a guide for your Flash animation, or transform the video completely by applying Flash's editing tools that turn your video into vector drawings. This kind of effect is used often on Flash Web sites promoting theatrical releases or music videos. Short video clips of band members are imported into Flash as a series of bitmap images, simplified into vectors, and sprinkled throughout other graphics and animation to play along with a soundtrack.

Similarly, working with 3D graphics literally adds another dimension to your Flash projects. Although Flash can't actually import and display 3D models, third-party applications let you use models in true 3D space, play with lighting, set camera angles, and export a Flash-compatible vector image. Use 3D objects and animations in Flash as interface elements, buttons, or even feature characters.


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