Working with Frames: Introduction to Frame Timing
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About this Tutorial This tutorial introduces you to one of the advanced features of Toufee Pro and the most important feature of frames - controlling the frame timing. Frames form the building block of a Toufee movie and knowing how to set custom timings will help you master the nuances of professional flash movie making. Before you begin Make sure you have Left Panel visible. This is turned on by default, however, if for some reason you do not see this, click on the Star icon on the top left of the Movie Maker to show the Left Panel. The Left Panel is a floating panel, which means it automatically goes out of view back and forth. If you wish to have the Left Panel to be visible always you might want to click on Pin This option. The Left Panel will then be attached to the Movie Maker stage unless you manually put it out of view by clicking on the Star icon (The Star icon works like a toggle button, notice the bevel on the Star icon - this indicates that the Left Panel is visible) Viewing and Changing Frame Timing Step 1: Make sure the Left Panel is visible Step 2: Select a frame by clicking the frame on the filmstrip Step 3: On the Left Panel, switch to the Advanced tab, and click on Timing (Expert Only) Step 4: The Frame Length field displays the current timing (in seconds) that the frame is displayed on the screen. By default, a blank frame will have a default length of 1 second. To change the timing, simply enter the value directly into the Frame Length field or click on the up/down arrows to increase/decrease the timing. Tip: The On Frame End Pause Movie is a useful option that can prove very handy when testing your Toufee movie, i.e. testing upto a particular point or a frame in the movie and not the entire length. When this option is turned on, the movie pauses after the frame, and will need to be manually resumed by clicking the Play button. This is particularly useful in long flash movies which involve lots of text-based data and/or important slides that should not be skipped. Frame Timing Behavior As you might have seen the default length of a blank frame is 1 second. However, this rule applies slightly differently for the first frame in a blank or a new movie which by default is set to 5 seconds. The length of the frame automatically increases as movie objects (such as text, images, audios, videos etc) are added onto it. The Frame Timing or the Frame Length is the total of the timing of all movie objects on that frame. However, you can always reduce or increase the timing from the Timing (Expert Only) option on the Advanced tab. More on Timing Control Timing control is an important feature that is made available with Toufee Pro and offers better control over the timing of the movie objects. This tutorial is only an introduction to Frame Timing. In the further tutorials, we will be looking more on controlling timing of movie objects and how this works in co-ordination with frame timings.