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Flash 8: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer

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Incorporating Sound

Flash lets you score your animations much the same way a filmmaker scores a movie. You can add a soundtrack that begins when your animation begins and ends when it ends. Or you can tie different sound clips to different scenes (series of frames) of your animation. For example, say you're creating an instructional animation to demonstrate your company's egg slicer. You can play music during the opening seconds of your animation, switch to a voice-over to describe your product, and end with realistic sounds of chopping, slicing, and boiling to match the visual of cooks using your product in a real-life setting.

You can also tie sounds to specific events in Flash. For example, say you want your instructional animation to contain a button someone can press to get ordering information. You can tie the sound of a button clicking to the Down state of your button, as you'll see in Chapter 11, so that when someone clicks your button, she actually hears a realistic clicking sound.

When you tell Flash to open the first in a series of sequentially numbered files (top), the program asks if you'd like to import the entire series (bottom). This trick works only if the numbers appear at the end of the file name just before the extension and if you don't skip any numbers in the series. And since Flash begins importing with the numbered file you choose, it doesn't go back and pick up files containing lower numbers.

Figure 8-5. When you tell Flash to open the first in a series of sequentially numbered files (top), the program asks if you'd like to import the entire series (bottom). This trick works only if the numbers appear at the end of the file name just before the extension and if you don't skip any numbers in the series. And since Flash begins importing with the numbered file you choose, it doesn't go ...

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