Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Flash Animation and Intros

Flash Animation and Intros

By Craig Campbell

Running Time: 9 hours, 5 minutes

Overview

Flash trainer Craig Campbell teaches you the tips and techniques you need in order to create high quality animations in Flash. This series was recorded using Flash Professional 8 and Flash MX 2004, so no matter what version of Flash you're using, this series is for you.

(Click here to see the animated intro we'll be creating throughout the course of this video series.)

Prerequisites: "Introduction to Flash" or at least a basic understanding of how to get around in the Flash environment.

Detailed Video Descriptions

1 - Introduction (Running Time - 2:00)
In this video, Craig introduces himself and tells you what you can expect from this video series.


2 - Your First Intro, Part 1 (Running Time - 27:41)
In this tutorial, you jump in and get your feet wet by creating your first animated intro in Flash.


3 - Your First Intro, Part 2 (Running Time - 13:10)
This tutorial concludes the animation started in the previous video.


4 - Falling Text Effect (Running Time - 13:21)
Starting with this video, Craig begins to walk you through different effects you might find in animated intros across the web. In this video, he shows you how to create a text effect where the letters fall into place individually in a wave pattern.


5 - Digital Passcode Effect (Running Time - 14:06)
In this video, you'll learn how to create a digital display that scrolls through numerous letters while slowly revealing one letter at a time.


6 - Tracing an Image (Running Time - 13:11)
In this video, Craig shows you how to use the line tool and the subselect tool to trace an image on the stage. Once you have the image traced, there are many effects you can add to the picture.


7 - Flashing and Glowing Effects (Running Time - 15:52)
Once you have the car image traced, Craig shows you how to make the car flash or glow using the outline that you created.


8 - Car Animation (Running Time - 23:51)
In this video, you'll learn how to use masks to animate the outline as well as the inside of an image.


9 - Exit Text Effect (Running Time - 17:40)
Instead of just deleting a block of text once you're done with it in your animation, Craig shows you a creative way to animate your text off of the stage.


10 - Text Blur Effect with Flash Pro. 8(Running Time - 11:52)
In this video, Craig will show you how to create a blurred text effects in just a few simple steps using Flash Professional 8's new filters.


11 - Text Blur Effect with Older Versions of Flash (Running Time - 10:20)
If you don't have Flash Professional 8, don't worry. We've got your back. In this video, Craig will show you how to achieve the same blur text effect using Flash MX 2004 and Photoshop.


12 - Swiper Effect (Running Time - 5:25)
When we get to our big project animation, we'll be seeing a lot of this particular effect. In this video, Craig creates a "swiper", which will move across the stage, revealing a block of text as it does so.


13 - Perspective Text (Running Time - 10:51)
This video can be really cool if you allow yourself to get creative with it. Craig will discuss the concept of vanishing points and then use it to show you how to give a flat block of text some perspective.


14 - Motion Blur Effect (Running Time - 5:26)
If you want to zoom a picture onto the stage, why not make it a little more interesting by giving it a motion blur effect? In this video, Craig will show you how to liven up your animation using blurs along with some tried and true animation techniques.


15 - Timeline Effects (Running Time - 8:15)
In this video, Craig will show you how to accomplish the very things he says not to do when he walks you through the use of timeline effects.


16 - Picture Fade-in Effect (Running Time - 16:04)
Animate your picture onto the stage with a little life! In this video, Craig will show you how to create a complex mask animation that will reveal your picture in small chunks.


17 - Text Box Effect (Running Time - 18:53)
This video illustrates another creative way to animate your text onto the stage using fuzzy boxes that move into place and then Flash, revealing the text underneath.


18 - Stringing Effects Together (Running Time - 12:18)
Learning how to create effects is only the first step in creating a full animation. You also need to know how to string the effects together in order to make your animation cohesive. In this video, Craig shows you how.


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