Flash vCam Still Alive

Justin | ActionScript,Animate/Flash,animation | Friday, September 12th, 2008

The vCam was a camera tool for Flash created by Sham Bhangal, primarily for the work of Adam Phillips. It’s intuitive and easy to use, and creates some excellent effects. It appears as though it’s now being maintained by Bryan Heisey. Bryan’s got an AS2 version, an AS3 version for better performance, and an interactive AS3 version.

New Flash Extension: FrameSync

Justin | Animate/Flash,animation,design,extensions,Tutorials | Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

This is a handy-dandy animation plug-in similar to Animonger’s AnimSlider, except that it uses frame labels and requires no other setup.

Update: The video tutorial is now live. See the extension in action!

I picked up this style of lip syncing in Flash from Chris Georgenes’ tutorial.

Update (8/26/09): A savvy user caught a stage refresh bug introduced in Flash CS4 with AS3. If you’re using Flash CS4 & AS3 and the symbol isn’t updating when you select a new frame from the panel, download the most recent version below (1.0.3 has the fix).

Update (8/16/10): Version 2.0 now has some great new features, including a “keyframe” mode, audio playback and frame navigation for Flash CS5, and performance improvements. See this post for more details on the updates.

Update (10/5/10): Check out SmartMouth, the new extension that automatically lip syncs.

Update (11/19/10): See Chris Georgenes demo FrameSync in his MAX 2010 Animation session.

Download

(compatible with Flash MX 2004 & up)
FrameSync.zip

Other Lip Sync Tools from Ajar Productions

Animation Reel 2008

Justin | animation,design,interaction | Monday, September 8th, 2008

Finally put together animation reel…

CS4 Already?

Justin | Animate/Flash,design | Friday, September 5th, 2008

Just as you were getting used to CS3…

I can’t say that I’m not looking forward to it after seeing the new features previewed at Flash Forward.

The Ted Zone

Justin | animation,comedy,nerdy | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Just found this funny nerd cartoon on SuperDeluxe, check it out.

While you’re there, though it’s not animation, Maria Bamford’s series is fantastically funny.