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Old 23-09-2007, 12:29 AM   #1
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Default Flash gurus - help?

I'm hoping some of you guys work with Flash . . . if so:

I have exported a series of 5, 40-frame animations from Maya as a series of PNGs. I'd like to handle the individual animations (interactivity) in Flash.

I can import them into flash but the file size is huge. I know, I can't have it both ways--either it'll be high quality and huge file size, or less quality for a smaller file size. Is there a happy medium, or a trick any of you know of?

I've tried converting them into an .AVI, but the image quality ends up being crap, even with the settings cranked up to highest quality. And, of course, I still end up with an enormous file size. Compressing it with Sorenson isn't a bad option when you're starting with something that's already good quality, but if the AVI I'm starting with is low quality, Sorenson just makes it worse.

I've seen sites that utilize incredible 3D animations in Flash. They don't seem to take all day loading. What am I missing?
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Old 23-09-2007, 01:03 AM   #2
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A couple of ways:

A. Import your rendered frame sequence and save it out as a swf file. Then in your main movie, you create a blank movie clip and dynamically import the swf as streamingwhen needed. This keeps the main movie light. You'll still need a preloader for the imported file if it's large.

B. Render your frame sequence and save it as a video in a video editing app. Convert to FLV using Flash utilities and use the video component. This is only if you just want to show the animation...if you need to interact, use the first method.

Some folks use hosting with Flash communication server to hold the heavy files and heavy actionscript to stream.
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Old 26-09-2007, 02:14 AM   #3
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Best bet is using something like After Effects to create an AVI then import into flash. Or maybe convert that AVI to FLV like NitroLiq suggested.
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