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Vanessa Meagher
flash vs AE for vector music clip
on Dec 9, 2010 at 2:52:03 am

I would like to do a vector animation for a video clip. This will be highly dependent on the vector shapes morphing in sync with the beat.

In the past, for animating to music, i have used after effects which allows for markers to be placed whilst listening to the audio track, great for syncing purposes. AE also allows you to zoom in on the audio wave - again useful for working out when best to sync. Render preview can also be limited to the very small section you may be working on.

In Flash these options don't seem to be available - making it extremely difficult to get the face-paced timing right. Yet for vector animation Flash would be best.

I have never vector-animated in After effects - is this a viable solution?? OR are there better audio options i am unaware of in flash??

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Mike Smith
Re: flash vs AE for vector music clip
on Dec 9, 2010 at 9:54:49 am

If you want Flash vector output them you will need to be in Flash. But why would you? With broadband you can deliver decent quality at reasonable bandwidth using flv or h264 compression.

Audio handling is rudimentary in Flash, and audio-video sync can be problematic for swfs.

If you want to use the Flash vector tools you could make little sequences in Flash, output them as bitmaps and assemble in a video editor.

Or in AE you could experiment with expressions to get bitmaps morphing to audio. Or you could explore AE's moderate vector graphics toolset.

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