The Future; Not all it’s cracked up to be. From The Book by James P. Othmer from RandomHouse Books.
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This video was made using Photoshop and Flash. Photoshop is a great “partner” with Flash to help edit and reduce the file sizes. If the images are too large, you will encounter one or all of these problems:
Flash will work slower when you are making the video.
The video file size will be too large to upload.
The Flash program will crash, and you won’t be able to open the FLA file (Flash file of your workspace.)
To prepare an image/photo for animation:
Open the image in Photoshop.
-Edit the image.
-Make the image the largest size needed in the Flash video. For example, if an image is going to be far away in the distance, and then it comes towards us to take up the size of the screen, you will need to make the image the largest size needed for the shot. If you are editing an image that is going to always be 400 px by 400 px in the video, then make the image in Photoshop, 400px by 400px.
-Got to: Save for the Web. If there is a transparent background, save the image as a PNG or GIF. If the image has a background, then it is best to make the file a JPEG or GIF.
-Save As is another option but the file may be larger than if you picked Saved for the Web.
-You can also choose to Export the image as a PNG, but the file may also be larger than if you Saved for the Web.
With the new Flash version, Animate CC, Adobe has gotten better at supporting larger files,but you should still reduce files as much as you can so the clients/viewers have fewer issues in running your videos.
If you are considering becoming an Animator, it’s a great practice to make up random 5-10 second long animations. When I was in school, the teachers asked the students to constantly create short stories. Some students found it difficult to keep their stories short and simple, receiving failing grades in some cases because they got too lost in their stories.
Tips on creating short stories:
Starting the story as close to the end as you can.
Including at last one character the viewer can strongly identify with – either negatively or positively.
Reveal character motivation or traits essential to the story.
Ensuring that each character included needs something to do – even if the action was simply deliver a newspaper.
Metaphors are a great tool – but keep the related to everyday life – or you will lose your audience. In animation, you can be very creative in how you express your point of view in the story. You can be very literal or “trippy” depending on who your audience is.
Know your basic audience and avoid alienating them. Appealing to what people can relate to is an important foundation if you want people to watch your videos.
Keep a notebook at all times! A quick note now can be a great story tomorrow.
Have fun with it! If you are not having fun, take a nap. Ideas have to marinate and evolve within you, so relax, have fun and let them flow.
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