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Kyle Tobias
Cropping a layer/animation for export.
on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:23:48 pm

Ok first of all Hi I'm new :D.

Secondly I know this work flow is probably all backwards but ..meh it's they way that makes sense to me.


In short I have a Photoshop file with layers I have imported into AE and then am slowly animating each layer and passing it back out to flash for the final animation (I cant export as one big animation as I run each layer at different lengths to sort of randomise the final animation....).

Anyway the issue I have is I have is Flash is crashing under the load, importing each animated piece in as XFL (as PNG sequence to maintain the transparency).

I cant export as FLV in the export to XFL options as then everything has a white layer round it and is not transparent where needed.

My thought is.....

Is there a way to crop the animations, each piece sits in a HUGE PNG picture with 80% of it being transparent and the animation is normally only in one small part of that huge image..it would save a huge load off Flash if I could crop down to capture only the rough area that is being animated in....


Any help please..

Sorry thats so damned long but I hope I got enough detail in there.

Kyle

:S

Noob to the max :D.


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Evan Abrams
Re: Cropping a layer/animation for export.
on Feb 11, 2012 at 12:52:41 pm

IF you were to export your frames as cropped PNGs as the size of the content changed so would the size of the image so some frames would be maybe 500*500, but some would be 600*300 or however that goes. the result of that is that when you view them or use them as a sequence their reference points would all be skewed and you would get some funky placement issues with each frame being out of alignment with where it should be.

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Kyle Tobias
Re: Cropping a layer/animation for export.
on Feb 11, 2012 at 7:05:19 pm

Yeah that figures..

How about setting a crop that encompases All of the movement in an animation.

As each piece is say in a 200x200 box of a 1080x800 ish overal image..

Is that possible or can a mask be used ?


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Evan Abrams
Re: Cropping a layer/animation for export.
on Feb 12, 2012 at 4:07:57 am

You can do that. Or precompose and re-size to 200x200. Masking has little impact on frame size on export.

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Kyle Tobias
Re: Cropping a layer/animation for export.
on Feb 12, 2012 at 8:46:50 am

Thanks :), so masking is a nono.

Being a complete idiot.. a greatful one though, re compose (where would the settings be for that roughly, I'm happy to mess things up and load again).

I take it you are on about reducing the empty space by resixing the individual layer in AE ?

Thanks again :).


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Evan Abrams
Re: Cropping a layer/animation for export.
on Feb 12, 2012 at 4:41:51 pm

Not so much.

Select the layer and go int the top menu layer>Pre-compose. Or Command+shift+c, then change the settings of that comp to be smaller and export that out.

Or duplicate the comp you animated things in, re-size that in its composition settings and poke out the eyes of everything you don't need before exporting?

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Kyle Tobias
Re: Cropping a layer/animation for export.
on Feb 12, 2012 at 6:46:45 pm

Thanks so much I will give that a go a tad later :)


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Kyle Tobias
Re: Cropping a layer/animation for export.
on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:08:44 pm

Worked a treat just resizing the composition and centering the content of the layer I'm working with :D.

Thanks.


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