Rolling Wheel Animation
This will be the class’s first use of MOVIE CLIP SYMBOLS within a Flash animation. Up till now all our symbols have been Graphics.
PART ONE: CREATE A MOVIE CLIP SYMBOL
- Create a new graphic called “wheel.” Make sure you design it so you can see whether it turns.
- In Menu Bar, go to INSERT > NEW SYMBOL. Select MOVIE CLIP SYMBOL, name it “rolling.”
- Check the Breadcrumb Trail. You are now in Scene 1 > rolling. Insert Graphic Symbol “wheel” on the stage.
- Go to Frame 13 and CONVERT TO KEYFRAME. (Now Frame 1 and Frame 13 are identical, so the Movie Clip will Loop.)
- Then Convert Frame 4 to Keyframe. Rotate Graphic “wheel” 45° clockwise.
- Convert Frame 7 to Keyframe. Rotate Graphic “wheel” 45° clockwise.
- Convert Frame 10 to Keyframe. Rotate Graphic “wheel” 45° clockwise.
- Apply MOTION TWEEN to the layer.
- Return to Scene 1. Remove Graphic Symbol “wheel” from the Stage. Insert Movie Clip Symbol “rolling” onto the stage.
- Then TEST MOVIE. Even though there is only one frame in the movie, you will see the wheel “roll” because it’s a Movie Clip Symbol.
TWO WAYS TO SHOW MOVEMENT ONSTAGE
You will create a scene in which there are at least two wheels rolling (using Movie Clip Symbol “rolling” on two different layers). There must be a vehicle/car (or bike, or skateboard, or cart, or something on wheels) created as a Graphic Symbol and placed on its own layer.
The two ways to show movement on the Stage: 1. the vehicle moves across the background; 2. the vehicle is static and the background moves (however, even when the vehicle is static, the wheels keep turning/rolling).
- FIRST, show the vehicle moving onto the stage from left to right.
- Then when vehicle is in the middle of the Stage, show the background moving toward the left. (For extra credit have two layers of background — the closer one moves faster than the further one.)
- Then have the background stop and have the vehicle move off the stage to the right.
- F0r more credit, include one other Movie Clip Symbol in your animation. For instance, Sun with Beams Moving or Bird with Wings Flapping.