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Hour 7. Animation the Old-Fashioned Way > Understanding the Brute-Force Animati...

Understanding the Brute-Force Animation Technique

If you've ever made a flip-book, you already know how to make a frame-by-frame animation. Each page in a flip-book contains a slightly different image so that when you fan through all the pages, the image is animated. That's basically what you're going to do in this hour. However, instead of drawing something different on each page of a book, you'll be drawing a different image in each keyframe of the Flash Timeline. Whether you draw each image on a page of the book or in a Flash keyframe, I call this the brute-force technique because it's manual and very involved.

In this hour you will learn about features and techniques of Flash that make the animation process easier. However, frame-by-frame animation isn't a “feature” of Flash; it's a technique that you implement by using Flash's features. I mention this because I doubt you'll find “frame-by-frame” anywhere in the Flash manual or help files.


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