Flash Extension: Convert to 2s

Justin | Animate/Flash,animation,extensions | Sunday, December 5th, 2010

I’ve had a few requests for something like this recently. This extension converts selected frames that contain frame-by-frame animation, classic motion tweens, or shape tweens to every-other-keyframe (aka ‘2’s). Traditional animation uses 2s for content that doesn’t need to be animated at high speeds. Some animators also employ this technique in Flash.¬† This extension is similar to ToonMonkey‘s Tween 2 Keys, except that it also converts frame-by-frame animation as well as tweens.

This extension can be used to convert SmartMouth automatic lip sync output to 2s (as requested by a user).

Convert to 2s - Before & After

If you want to convert Motion Tweens (in CS4 & up) or Armatures, you’ll need to take one extra step before running this command: right-click on the tween or armature and select Convert to Frame by Frame Animation. I haven’t found a way to script this step yet, but I’ll continue to look into it.

Convert to Frame by Frame Animation

(Compatibility: MX 2004 & up)

Convert to 2s.mxp

Update (11/16/2011):
The Keyframe Frequency feature  is built into SmartMouth as of version 1.1.

Win a free license of SmartMouth – the auto lip sync tool for Flash

Justin | Animate/Flash,animation,competitions | Monday, November 29th, 2010

Scriptopedia is hosting a contest to win a free license of our tool, SmartMouth ($49.99 USD value). All you have to do to enter is create a 5-second animation with lip syncing. The contest closes on Dec. 16, so get your entries in soon. More details can be found at this Scriptopedia post.

SmartMouth Automatic Lip Syncing in Flash Now Available

Justin | Animate/Flash,animation,extensions,software | Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

SmartMouth is now available for download and purchase. Check out this super quick demo:

Article Round-up

Justin | Animate/Flash,articles,design,links,tips | Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

We’re keeping quite busy around here! Here’s a quick round-up of some recent articles that I’ve published.

5 Flash Animation tips in 5 days on the Peachpit blogs:

Also on the Peachpit site, there’s an excerpt on Character Animation from our recent book with Chris Georgenes.

I also have a new video tutorial over at ActiveTuts+ on Creating Advanced Motion Presets in Flash with JSFL.

In addition to the recent advice page I added on Learning Flash, I’m working on a page about becoming a graphic designer/Flash animator/digital artist. It includes some of my background and lessons learned. That article is pretty much on hold as we work toward the SmartMouth release (hopefully just another week), and I will pick it up after that.

Ajar Productions at Adobe MAX 2010

Justin | conferences | Thursday, September 30th, 2010

AJ and I will both be at Adobe MAX in LA this year.

I will be leading a BYOL (Bring your own laptop) lab entitled Extending Flash Pro using JSFL. Feel free to sit in even you don’t have your laptop with you.

Additionally, Chris Georgenes and I will available on Monday October 25th, between 6pm and 7pm, outside of the official Max Store to sign copies of Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Studio Techniques and answer questions.

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