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.

VP Selection Match Animation

Justin | Animate/Flash,animation,politics | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Just finished an animation. Had an idea this weekend and it was just short enough to pull off in the remaining two days of the long weekend. The result is below.

Description: Obama and Mccain go head to head on their vice presidential selections.

WARNING: includes juvenile humor.

Update: I posted this rather quickly this morning but I just wanted to add a few notes of credit. My wife reminded me that this idea probably germinated from seeing this fantastic piece on health insurance companies about a month ago. The idea of starting some political animations was spurred on by a good friend and animator, Josh Carrollhach.  I rushed to complete this idea before the end of the weekend, but we may be doing some more new animations in the weeks to come.

The rapid production of this piece was possible, in large part, due to a couple of Flash extensions. One is a tool that I’ve already posted for public consumption, Queasy Tools. The other is one that I currently have in progress which is very similar to Animonger’s AnimSlider, but it deals strictly with frame labels. My lip-syncing process is heavily borrowed from Chris Georgenes’ lip-syncing technique in Flash. This new extension allows me to easily use frame labels (or comments) to navigate a graphic symbol and change mouth or eye shapes. It requires no extra setup, other than adding some labels. I’ll be posting that some time in the near future. I’ll likely make a video tutorial to show it in action as well.

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