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How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS4 by Chris Georgenes

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Keeping it All in Sync

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WE HAVE TWO OPTIONS for authoring Flash for video output. The old school method requires everything to be on the main timeline. Movie Clip symbols have to be avoided altogether since their timelines are independent of the main timeline and only render during runtime in the Flash Player.

Flash 8 introduced filters and the ability to add drop shadows, blurs and other cool effects to Movie Clip symbols. But due to the dynamic nature of movie clips, they had to be avoided as well. Flash CS3 introduced the Quicktime Exporter, which solves this problem and is a feature in Flash CS4 as well. We will take a look at that later in ...

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