Flash Animation Tutorials: Animate for broadcast.

Hello and welcome to FLASHARTIST.

Today I will demonstrate how to create some cool collage type character animation using Flash CS3.

this is the example movie I will be using for this tutorial.

The first step is to create your collage character in a photo editing software such as Photoshop or Firework. you need to break down the character in separate layer for each body part.  as shown below

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Go to Flash and create a new document 720×576 / 30 frame per seconds  ( broadcast setting )
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Locate and import your layered document to stage .

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Make sure your character is  layered  with each part of the character on separate layers,

head

torso

leg left

leg right

arm left

arm right

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Once imported on stage  each body part should be on a separate flash layer

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Now select the head and press F8 to convert it into a Movieclip

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– Name the movie clip HEAD and select the FREE TRANSFORM tool.

– Click and drage the IK point to the most realistic rotation  point (around the neck area)

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Using the FREE TRANSFORM you can rotate the head side to side and locate where you feel is the best IK point.

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Repeat the same operation for each body parts; the arms, the  legs and the torso. replacing the IK point as required for each .

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Once done , select all the keyframe copy and paste them in a new MovieClip that you can name Walkcycle.

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Once all the layer are in the new Movieclip go to frame 10 and insert a keyframe for each layer.

Go over the timeline RightClick and create a Motion Tween for each layer.

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That’s it! Now the fun bits, the character is now ready to be animated using the FREE TRANSFORM tool.

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Here is a bit of walk cycle reference.

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Getting a walk cyle right is one of the trickiest thing to get right in animation, as a guideline for this example make sure that the first and last frame of the walkcycle are the same so that it  loops seamlessly . you can use the onion skin tab to help with the animating.

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You should get something like that

Now to create the background, in this example I have created a deck scene out of recycled images, the trick to simulate movement is to make it super wide to scroll / pan  from one end of the scene to the other.

Make a new MovieClip and import your background image, convert it into another MovieClip and using tweening animate your backgound from left to right.

DECK

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Finally Go to the main stage and compose your scene using the 2  movieClips of the walk cycle and the animated background

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Once you are happy with your animation publish as a quicktime file for further editing.

download all the project files here


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