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Justin Parkerexport to .swf
by on May 7, 2010 at 3:53:40 pm

I have a simple animation in AE5 with a still image and a path with the stroke effect animating along the path. Apparently, the Stroke effect needs to be rasterized to be converted to swf causing the file to be huge, instead of what should be a very small file.

Is there a different way to achieve this effect that is more "flash friendly"? The path crosses over itself in one part so a simple wipe-on with a solid object won't work.

I'm sure this is easy to achieve in the Flash app itself (which I have) but I don't know how to use it.


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Dave LaRondeRe: export to .swf
by on May 7, 2010 at 4:02:41 pm

[Justin Parker] "I have a simple animation in AE5"

Okay, let's get some things straight:

Do you actually mean "After Effects version FIVE", which was released in the late '90's...

...or do you have a brand-new version AE CS5, which started shipping only days ago?

It makes a big difference.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Justin ParkerRe: export to .swf
by on May 7, 2010 at 4:05:07 pm

Oops! CS5.
I think I still have the version 5 box in a closet somewhere though!


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Dave LaRondeRe: export to .swf
by on May 7, 2010 at 7:10:46 pm

Well, the Stroke effect is indeed a bitmap effect.

Any chance that you could re-work the animation, perhaps using animated masks on a solid, then turning on the Continuously rasterize/Collapse Transformations switch, or simply crating the same thing in an illustrator/eps file?

Since I work with swf stuff once every congressional election year, you can take my vast experience for what it's worth.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Justin ParkerRe: export to .swf
by on May 7, 2010 at 7:35:05 pm

Yeah, I'll probably have to make the line in Illustrator and animate a map to reveal it.

...or should I even bother with Flash as Mr Jobs seems to want to kill it! :)


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