g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Romance Movies
Family Travel
Southwest USA
Irish Culture
Home Finance
Comedy Movies

All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g Flash and Animation Site

BellaOnline's Flash and Animation Editor


Nesting Movie Clips for Complex Animations

Flash and Motion Tweens are a great combination for easily creating animation. All you need is a beginning position and an ending position and Flash will do the rest of the work. But how do you create more complex animations such as adding a walk cycle to a moving character? One way would be to use nested movie clips. The walking animation would be a movie clip that is nested in your character's main movie clip.

Let's take a look at a simplified example of a blinking head which bounces across the stage. First we will create the blinking animation movie clip and then nest that inside the bouncing head movie clip.

  1. Start a new FlashR and ActionScript 3 project. Rename Layer 1 to "Head".

  2. Use the Oval tool to draw the shape of the head. Set the Fill color to any flesh color and the Stroke to null. Draw an oval in the upper left corner of the stage. Lock the Head layer.

  3. Create a new layer in the Timeline and name it "Eyes". To make an eye, first draw an oval with the Fill color set to white. On top of this white circle, draw a smaller, black oval for the pupil. Select all (Edit – Select All) and click Modify – Group to group these two shapes together.

    To make a second eye, simply copy the group and paste it next to the first eye. Now, select both of the eyes and click Modify – Group to group both eyes together.

    Now we are ready to work on the movie clip animation for the nested eyes. But first we need to convert the eyes to a movie clip.

  4. Click on the grouped eyes and click Modify – Convert to Symbol. Name the movie clip "eyesBlink".

    Note that we now have our eyesBlink movie clip in the Flash Library and the eyes on the stage are now an instance of the Library's movie clip. We are ready to animate. From the Library, double-click on the icon for the eyesBlink movie clip to open the Timeline for this movie clip. Rename Layer 1 to "Blink" within this Timeline.

    We will make the eyes blink about every 15 frames by creating a Motion Tween. We will start the Motion Tween on Frame 11 and finish the blink animation on Frame 15. We want the eyes to be completely closed on Frame 13.

  5. Add a Keyframe on Frame 11 (Insert – Timeline – Keyframe). Because the eyes are still completely open on this frame, this will be the starting place for our tween.

Next →

Add Nesting+Movie+Clips+for+Complex+Animations to Twitter Add Nesting+Movie+Clips+for+Complex+Animations to Facebook Add Nesting+Movie+Clips+for+Complex+Animations to MySpace Add Nesting+Movie+Clips+for+Complex+Animations to Del.icio.us Digg Nesting+Movie+Clips+for+Complex+Animations Add Nesting+Movie+Clips+for+Complex+Animations to Yahoo My Web Add Nesting+Movie+Clips+for+Complex+Animations to Google Bookmarks Add Nesting+Movie+Clips+for+Complex+Animations to Stumbleupon Add Nesting+Movie+Clips+for+Complex+Animations to Reddit


RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Flash and Animation Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2014 by Diane Cipollo. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Diane Cipollo. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Diane Cipollo for details.


g features
Drop Zones and Transitions in Motion 5

Craft Product Template - Background Layer

Craft Product Template Layers

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor