Swift 3d in Flash MX Rollovers - page 2
      by Iammontoya

Piece of cake, so far! Now, let's create a quick animation sequence. First, let's go back to our working area in Swift 3D.

  1. Click on the Scene Editor tab.
  2. If it's not already selected, Select the Torus on the Scene. At this point, we want to flip the ring down. In order to do this properly (for the animation in this tutorial), we need to change the pivot point of the Torus.
  3. Click on the Animate button at the top right of your screen.

[ the animating button ]

  1. Click the number 20 in the timeline.
  2. In the left panel. Click to select Position.

[ adjusting the position ]

  1. Go to the button section below and Click to select the Move Pivot Only (see image above). This will allow us to move the red and green crosshairs to the location we want without disturbing the object. This is slightly similar to the registration point in Flash.
  2. Position the Pivot point on the bottom edge of the Torus.

[ arranging the objects in our 3d space ]

  1. As soon as you do that, the lower left panel which controls object rotation will show you the object in relation to it's pivot point. Click on Lock Vertical.

[ the lock on vertical tab enables you to shift your object vertically ]

  1. With the vertical axis locked, use the globe in the lower left panel to drag down. You want to drag down far enough so you can see through the Torus. Whew! Gotta love it! Your screen should look similar to the next illustration:

[ the torus after it has shifted in its axis ]

  1. Click on the Play button underneath the timeline. Pretty cool, and easy as pie.
  2. That will complete our rollover(mouseover) effect. Let's save and export it to Flash. You're almost done!
  3. Click on File. Click on Save.
  4. Click on the Preview and Export Editor tab.
  5. In the Output Options section, click on General. Now, click to the right of Adobe Illustrator, and make your Target File Type to be Flash Player(swf).

[ the output options panel ]

  1. Click on Generate Entire Animation. (The render engine for Swift is killer fast! However, rendering speeds vary depending on the speed of your system. Mine took about 9 seconds.)
  2. Click on Export Entire Animation...
  3. Give it a file name (I called it Hoop.swf), and click Save. Exit Swift.


On to Flash to finish this puppy!

  1. Open a new file in Flash. Movie Size should accommodate your image. Mine is set at the default 550x400 with a white background and 12 fps. Yours will look different than the one below if you're using Flash 5.

[ modify the movie properties ]

  1. In your menu (above) click on Insert. Click on New Symbol. Select Movie Clip and click OK.
  2. Click on File. Click on Import and select hoop.swf and click Open. Voila! We have our movie. Click on Scene1 to return to the scene.

[ the scene1 tab ]

  1. Click on File. Click on Import.
  2. Select the hoop.ai file and then Click OPEN. Click OK. If you don't see your drawing, try scrolling up. Sometimes Flash puts the imported image off the screen. If the image is off the screen, select the image and bring it down to your scene.
  3. With the drawing still selected, use the F8 key on your keyboard, or click on Insert, Convert to Symbol.
  4. In the Behavior Section, choose Graphic. We do this because we don't need all the paths from Illustrator, we just want a straight image. Click OK.
  5. With your graphic selected, Hit F8 again. This time, we will convert our newly converted graphic to a button. Select Button from the Convert to Symbol panel and click OK.
  6. Double click on the button you just created (your graphic is now a button) to edit your button.

[ the button in Flash MX ]

  1. Click on the onion skin button. Onion skin will help us with placement.
  2. Right click on the white space underneath the Over area in the button timeline. Select Insert Blank Keyframe.

Okay.. when will this thing be over? Well, in about 4 steps. Here we go.

  1. Hit F11 on your keyboard. This will bring up the library.
  2. Select the movie clip (looks like a cogwheel)...
    ...and drag onto the scene. You should place the movie clip so that it is EXACTLY over the onion skin graphic.
  3. Turn off Onion Skin by clicking on the same button you clicked on in step
  4. Click on Scene1.

[ the scene 1 tab ]

  1. Drum Roll.... Click on Control. Click on Test Movie.

Whew! Wasn't that fun! Swift is not the best for modeling, but it will do great with simple stuff like this.

Swift Project File
Complete Flash MX FLA

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any questions or comments, please drop me a note or post on the forums.

created by.. Montoya.

"My name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my father.. prepare to die.." [email protected] 





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