I have very little use for Adobe Flash these days, but occasionally a project calls for quick animation that doesn’t warrant a full video. In this case, I needed to export an .mov from flash to use in Keynote.
I designed and created my animation, and it looked great when published as a .swf movie. Unfortunately, it looked terrible when I exported it as a .mov. It was choppy, stuttering, and had a longer run-time than my original. I set out to find a simple solution, and here’s what I found…
- Finish your animation and set it to the framerate you want the .mov to use
- Go to File->Export->Export Movie…
- Under Save as type:, choose PNG Sequence. Create a new folder, name it, and click Save.
- Set the height, width, and resolution. For Include, choose Full Document Size. Make sure Smooth is checked. Click Export.
- Open Quicktime Pro and go to File->Open Image Sequence…
- Navigate to the folder you created and pick the first .png. Make sure to set the frame rate to what you used in Flash. Click Open.
- Watch the video to make sure it looks good and then go to File->Save to save your quick .mov animation
Hopefully you don’t have to use this too much, but if you’re not familiar with AfterEffects or another motion graphics application and need a quick, simple animation, it is a good option. Let me know on Facebook or Twitter if you found this useful.