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Different Movie File Types in Flash and Animate

This adobe learning video can show you how to Export Movie files.

Movie file Types and Uses:

Animated GIF:

An animated GIF contains a number of images or frames in a single file. Most of these animations are viewed on websites, side/top bar advertisements, or sent in chat windows and emails. If you are making a Transparent Animated GIF, simply check the Transparency box in the Presets area.
You can compare the original image and new GIF image side by side when changing the settings. For a website, images and videos can slow down the websites speed and function. A GIF animation can help in reducing file sizes and increase overall speed performance.

Movie File:

Exporting a Movie File in Adobe Animate is easy! Simply go to Export, then Movie, and change the settings on the size of the movie and name the file. These files are great to upload to a website, emailed, YouTube, or most Social Media sites.

Exporting an animated sequence (JPEG, PNG, GIF):

An animated sequence is created based on each keyframe in the timeline. Each keyframe becomes it’s own file image and saved by number order.
Sequences are mostly used for games and synced to the game controls. For example, a sequence can be of a character jumping… when the jump button is pressed, the jump animation is triggered to play.

Animated sequences can also be helpful for when you are saving multiple images, like for printing. Each image will be saved the same in resolution and size.


If you are considering becoming an Animator, it’s a great practice to make up random 5-10 second long animations. When I was in school, the teachers asked the students to constantly create short stories. Some students found it difficult to keep their stories short and simple, receiving failing grades in some cases because they got too lost in their stories.

Tips on creating short stories:

Starting the story as close to the end as you can.
Including at last one character the viewer can strongly identify with – either negatively or positively.
Reveal character motivation or traits essential to the story.
Ensuring that each character included needs something to do – even if the action was simply deliver a newspaper.
Metaphors are a great tool – but keep the related to everyday life – or you will lose your audience. In animation, you can be very creative in how you express your point of view in the story. You can be very literal or “trippy” depending on who your audience is.
Know your basic audience and avoid alienating them. Appealing to what people can relate to is an important foundation if you want people to watch your videos.
Keep a notebook at all times! A quick note now can be a great story tomorrow.
Have fun with it! If you are not having fun, take a nap. Ideas have to marinate and evolve within you, so relax, have fun and let them flow.


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