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Foundation Flash Cartoon Animation by Tim Jones, David Wolfe, Allan S. Rosson, Barry J. Kelly

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Chapter 9WHY USE AFTER EFFECTS?

By Barry J. Kelly

Is it possible to make an entire animated piece in Flash and Flash alone? Yes. Is it a good idea? Probably not if your project is getting long—let's say, over 1 minute. The more content you add and the more symbols in the document, the bigger the file size, which can lead to disorganized libraries and a less efficient project resulting in big headaches. Flash is a great character animation tool, but for editing and compositing, there are better tools. In these cases, doing some of the work in a dedicated motion graphic tool is often better. I tend to use After Effects, although there are other options available, such as Shake or Combustion, or editing in software like Adobe Premiere, Vegas Video, ...

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