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Q1: What is the best framerate to use?
A1: There's really no right answer. If there were a rule, it would be to use the lowest framerate possible. This means fewer total frames, which in turn means a smaller file. It also means that low-end computers are likely to play back the animation at the same rate. The only downside is that you have to be very creative to create animations that only use a few frames to communicate an idea or a movement.
Q2:My monitor's refresh rate is 75Hz, meaning it blinks 75 times per second. However, I can crank the Flash movie's framerate all the way to 120fps. What's the value of doing that?
A2: Nothing, really. First of all, you'll likely find that if you set the framerate to 120fps, Flash won't keep up. If you're playing only a frame or two, it can actually go much faster than 30fps. But, even if Flash could display 120 frames per second (on your fast computer), it won't play that fast for the vast majority of your audience. Generally, going over 30fps is simply asking for trouble.
Q3:I've set my movie properties to 24fps, but the display on the bottom of the Timeline changed to 18.2fps. How do I change it back?
A3: First of all, this is a sign that your movie can't play at 24fps. The 18.2 indicates that the last time you played the movie it could reach only that framerate. The framerate set in the movie properties has not changed. If you really want to change the display number, access the movie properties again (double-click the 18.2) and click OK. Keep in mind that just because you set the framerate to 24fps doesn't mean Flash will play that fast. It will try, but it might not succeed.


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