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Walter Soyka
Re: Importing frame by frame flash animation (masked) to AE
on Aug 6, 2012 at 5:51:20 am

[Jane Harris] "I have a detailed frame by frame animation that I will be creating in Flash, I then want to do something like mask that character with video in After effects, so the character is essentially filled with moving video."

Will any of the character itself be visible, or should it be nothing but video in AE?

As the character moves, should the underlying video move with it, or should the character reveal different portions of the underlying video as it moves across the screen?


[Jane Harris] "What settings should I create the animation in Flash for HD video? And how
do I import this movie symbol as a mask into AE so that the frame by frame acts as a mask."


Depends on the HD format. HD can be 1280x720 at frame rates of 23.976, 24.0, 50, or 59.94 frames per second, or 1920x1080 at 23.976, 24.0, 25.0, 29.97, 50, or 59.94. 720 is always progressive, but 1080 can be either interlaced or progressive.


[Jane Harris] "And how do I import this movie symbol as a mask into AE so that the frame by frame acts as a mask."

You need not use it as a mask -- you can use an image's alpha (transparency) or luma (brightness) as a track matte [link].


[Jane Harris] "I have used Flash to do similar things before, but it's limited in exporting vector as video."

Older versions of Flash could export EPS sequences -- this was pretty useful for getting vector animations into AE. If I recall correctly, this was removed sometime around CS4.

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