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My first Flash animation.

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by imported_El Mamerro, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. Whoopeee.

    The swf's freakin' huge right now, due to a series of 3D bitmaps that just got larger when turned into vectors, but the preloader should work fine for fast connections. 56k's should approach with caution... animation may lag during 3D scene. Hope you enjoy my debut into the world of animating, as stupid as it might be. Beer,

    El Mamerro
  2. suburbian bum

    suburbian bum 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Jan 30, 2001 Messages: 14,673 Likes Received: 3
    Not bad, i wasnt too entertained to be honest, but the graphics were good. What did you make that with?
  3. It was all done in Flash and Illustrator, except the 3D part, which was the result of a 30-minute crash course on 3D Studiomax the night before the project was due (it was for class). We were supposed to do an animation showing some kind of visual explanation, and most people did very schematic, diagram animations in the "How To" fashion. I just wanted to make a dumb cartoon, so I was like "Yeah, this is an explanation of the process a naval vehicle goes through to eliminate its target...blah blah blah." And then I made a dumb cartoon. Teachers dug it cause it was more cinematic. Flash is fun. Thanks for feedback, I'm pretty new to this program. Beer,

    El Mamerro
  4. Pistol

    Pistol Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 12, 2001 Messages: 19,363 Likes Received: 299
    It was taking forever to dload and I'm on DSL. That shit KO'd my computer after the 3d scene. I liked what I saw. I'm a sucker for visuals so I enjoy flash. How long did it take you Mamerro?
  5. avils

    avils Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 26, 2001 Messages: 1,574 Likes Received: 0
    Took too long to load... time is money and all that..;)

    I'm out.
  6. -Rage-

    -Rage- 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 12, 2001 Messages: 11,276 Likes Received: 70
    That's funny shit! It didn't take long to load for me.
  7. alkaline

    alkaline Elite Member

    Joined: Apr 2, 2001 Messages: 3,097 Likes Received: 0
    Not bad at all. It was kind of funny. The only thing was that the wireframe scene stalled and took about 3 minutes to complete itself.

    My first flash animation was a Southpark version of the A-Team theme song. It was for a class I took a while back. I wish I still had a copy.
  8. BoB Hope ONER

    BoB Hope ONER Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 23, 2000 Messages: 3,162 Likes Received: 0
    yeah dumplin.. way to let the balls hang out bitch
  9. sectorTVA

    sectorTVA Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 8, 2000 Messages: 1,272 Likes Received: 1
    very nice...i messed around with flash for a bit but lost interest, i might try it again sometimes, but id much rather watch flash animations that other people do...


    dood, ive been on the flash nerd action scripting tip all week. you can cut your file sizes down by saving those scenes as individual movie clips etc tc etc etc etc
  11. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Administrator

    Joined: Mar 8, 2001 Messages: 18,135 Likes Received: 82
    You bastard, what's with that music at the end?
  12. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    i liked it. the end made me laugh.
    a bit slow too......did you do the sound design?
  13. Alright, I fixed the preloader... Now it takes longer to load, but the movie doesn't start until all the 3D scene is loaded, so the animation plays smoothly once it starts.

    Hesh, I'm getting into action scripting now too, and I can find tons of ways to make that animation smaller. Unfortunately, I'm kinda done with that and moving to another project dealing with interactivity. The thing is, the animation itself is actually no more than 500 kb, including sound and its 20 fps framerate. What makes it so large (2.43 MB) is that sequence of bitmaps used in the 3D wireframe scene; they take up 80% of the file size. I know 3D StudioMax has an export option to render the animation as a series of vector images, which would lower the size incredibly, but since I had no idea how to use that program except how to build primitives and set a camera on a spline (which my roomate taught to me in 20 minutes), I had to settle for exporting it as a sequence of bitmaps. Then once in Flash, I tried the Trace Bitmap option, but it sucked terribly (instead of generating lines, it generated areas of black and white with hundreds of vector points) and made the file even larger. My teacher promised to show me how to export it from StudioMax the right way, but he hasn't so far.

    Dirty, the music at the end is a loop from the mall scene in "Dawn of the Dead". If you listen carefully you can hear a zombie groan.

    And Brown, yeah, I did the sound too. Some sounds were straight sampled from Panacea's sound/noise collages with no editing needed, but most were sampled of random CD's and edited in SoundForge. I think doing the sound was the most fun part, I'm definitely gonna get more into that kind of stuff.

    Bob, eat shit: "here's a blue paper with something written, and it's Asian-
    and under it is a document by the Vestax corporation". On the rizzle. Beer,

    El Mamerro
  14. the brooklyn pimp

    the brooklyn pimp New Jack

    Joined: Jul 29, 2001 Messages: 19 Likes Received: 0
    i couldnt bear to wait through the load process and i have a cable modem. lets us know when that is fixed.
  15. Fuxus

    Fuxus Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 262 Likes Received: 0
    That was really cool. Definately a nice first go at it. I like the audio, and the schematic drawings made it pretty cool to.

    It did take about a minute or more on DSL, but that's not to bad.