Archive for April, 2014

No love for SWFs in Premiere Pro

Apparently one of my favorite and most efficient workflows when it comes to animating in Flash for video has been removed from Adobe Premiere Pro. Was I barely on the bubble with this workflow? Perhaps I was but it worked really well. It seems to me Adobe feels like the Flash > SWF > Premiere > (insert chosen video format here) workflow is not popular enough to support. That’s bad news because it’s a workflow I have detailed in a couple of my books.

Crap

So now what can we do?

Well this morning I opened up a project I created using the above mentioned Flash > Premiere path only to find all of the imported SWF media to appear as offline in Premiere. I used the “locate File” command only to find that the SWF format is completely invisible in my Finder window.

Double crap

It’s really true. Premiere Pro CC completely ignores SWF files.

Go to a happy place…go to a happy place…go to a happy place… 

 

My options are:

Open each FLA and use the “Export Video” feature in Flash and replace each footage with the resulting MOV file.

Import each SWF file in After Effects and import that After Effects project into Premiere.

The sad part about SWFs no longer supported in Premiere is that SWFs are much smaller in file size than MOV files. It was also much easier to make changes in Flash after editing in Premiere Pro. Simply updating the SWF by publishing from Flash was super quick and easy as the SWF compiler takes a fraction as long as exporting to Video.

Open plea to Adobe: We all just want the SWF > Premiere workflow returned to us – no questions asked. Just leave it on the front doorstep and walk away. Nobody else has to get involved.

There’s power in numbers folks. If you feel the same way as I do, go here to voice your request.

Character Design in Flash CC

hopperDesign is one thing, technique is another. Everyone has their own way of working in Flash, and there are many ways to go about designing in Flash. For this character I chose a technique that a friend and talented illustrator showed me. It involves using the Pencil tool with Object Drawing mode and the Union feature to combine multiple Object Drawings into a single object. I love her technique so much I’ve started to incorporate it more into my daily workflow.

Pencils, Pixels and the pursuit of Awesomeness.

A fresh start

Whoa whoa whoa! Yeah something happened, but it’s all good. I’m changing things again.

New designs, new animations, a new book. It’s all new and this is yet another growing pain. Keyframer.com will be up and running again soon. In fact, my other website (mudbubble.com) may soon redirect here as well so you are in the right place, just not at the right time.

If I don’t blow it, there will be some cool stuff (imho) uploaded as soon as I stop breaking things.

For now, go watch Game of Thrones or something. I’m good.

-chris