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Hour 6. Understanding Animation > Components of Animation

Components of Animation

Now that we know a little bit about how animation works, we can discuss how it applies to Flash. Several general animation terms have a specific meaning in Flash. You'll want to understand both the general meaning and how the term applies to Flash.

Frames and Framerate

As I've said, animation is a series of still images. Each image is called a frame. In movies, frames are the individual pictures on the film itself. In Flash, frames are the little rectangular cells in the Timeline. They're numbered at the top of the Timeline, and every fifth frame is gray; the rest are white with a gray outline. The Timeline will display all the frames, but you can look at the contents of one frame at a time. The red current frame marker can be in only one place at a time—the frame you're currently viewing. You don't draw into a frame on the Timeline—you draw onto the Stage. The current frame marker indicates the frame whose contents are currently onscreen. Figure 6.1 shows the Timeline in its initial state. Until this movie's duration is extended, you can't move the red current frame marker past 1, and only frame 1 is enclosed by a solid white box with a hollow circle.


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