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Chapter 8. Animating with Motion Tweening > Changing the Frame Rate

Changing the Frame Rate

The frame rate describes the amount of frames the Flash Player will play each second. The higher you set the frame rate, the smoother your animations will play. Traditional animations play at a rate of 24 frames per second, the same rate at which film plays, while NTSC video plays at 29.97 frames per second. It is important to keep your audience in mind and what the destination of the Flash movie will be. For delivery via the Web you should consider the processor speeds of the destination computers. If you set the frame rate too high, the computer may not be powerful enough to play all of the frames. When this happens, Flash will drop frames in order to stay in sync. Try to avoid this scenario because it can make your animations play choppy. Consider where your Flash movie is going to be played and choose accordingly. Avoid frame rates over 30 fps and for slower computers, you can go as low as 12 fps, which is the default frame rate in Flash.

Change Frame Rate

Click in the Frame Rate field in the Property Inspector.

Type in a frame rate.


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