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Importing an Animated GIF

Earlier you read that Flash recognizes both GIF types. This includes GIF89a, the compression option that allows multiple, sequential images—otherwise known as animated GIFs. In some sense, the basic structure and utility of Flash effectively eliminates the need for animated GIFs. Small movie clips can render the same results by placing each frame of what would be your animated GIF on an individual frame. But you might need to bring a GIF in from an existing presentation, or you might need to render the same effect in Flash and static HTML.

You can import an animated GIF like any other bitmap. Select File, Import from the main menu and select the file. On import, Flash recognizes that the GIF is a sequence and pulls it apart, placing each image into its own keyframe. Frames are spaced to adjust for the timing of the original animation. All the frames are placed in a single layer.


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