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Judyas
newbie question
on Apr 25, 2006 at 4:00:02 am

I am working with an animator who uses Flash (I believe the file that he will give me is Flash MX).
What editing system works best with this? We will be incorporating the multi-layered animation with regular video.
Thanks,
Judy



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Mike_S
Re: newbie question
on Apr 25, 2006 at 8:23:53 am

I'd recommend you tell her /him what you need for video editing - e.g. screensize 720x480 for NTSC DV, 720x486 D1 NTSC, 720x576 PAL - and ask her / him to output via file / export to either Quicktime or AVI, whichever suits your edit setup.

If your animation is short, ask for uncompressed files - otherwise talk over what compression scheme best suits you which is available from Flash MX ..

Be sure to make your animator aware that video uses a reduced colour range compared to computer monitors (16-235 compared to 0-255) and that thin lines will flicker on video output ...

Good luck.


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Judyas
Re: newbie question
on Apr 25, 2006 at 3:52:31 pm

Thanks, Mike, for the really thorough answer. I understand what you are saying but also wondered if there was an editing system out there that takes Flash MX files without reformatting them?




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Mike_S
Re: newbie question
on Apr 25, 2006 at 4:28:15 pm

You could try Sony Vegas, which is rumoured to do this successfully - I've never done it myself.

Vegas looks like a fun editor, specially if you have an audio background - keep meaning to have a good play with it ...

http://www.sonymediasoftware.com/Products/ShowProduct.asp?PID=965

There may be other edit software that does this too but I don't know it ...


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Mike_S
Re: newbie question
on Apr 25, 2006 at 4:35:51 pm

No, it looks like Vegas is text swfs only ... hmm.
http://www.custcenter.com/cgi-bin/sonypictures.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?...

Maybe some converter like http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/downloads/AVS_Video_Converter_6213_p/
might help ..?


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Matt Klundt
Re: newbie question
on Apr 25, 2006 at 4:55:02 pm

Most converters like the one Mike listed do no more than what the Flash authoring program does on a video export. Which is to say no actionscript is interpreted and only the root timeline is read (no layering of timelines using MovieClips).

I would suggest that your animator be notified that he/she must not use actionscript or embedded timelines (MovieClips). I would also suggest that the animator deliver in Quicktime with alpha channels to the specs of the real footage to be used with it (DV NTSC, whatever).

If you really can't work with those requirements you will need to look at either screen capture programs to record the Flash animation or a conversion program such as SWF2Video.

Matt
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Chris Figat
Re: newbie question
on Apr 26, 2006 at 3:53:52 pm

You could also try taking the SWFs into After Effects, which i've done with varied levels of success.

i'm not random i'm tangent oriented...


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