In this tutorial you will learn how to create a simple timeline animation that covers five key moments in your education. This same concept can be applied to any timeline-based subject.
WebCT > Lab Materials > Web Lab > Flash Materials > Timeline PhotosDownload each photo to your desktop. These photos have been cropped and optimized for this slideshow.
This particular timeline is made up of the following elements:
\\Pages\Courses\fall06\jr200\A list of folders should appear. Select the folder with your name (it will be Firstname_Lastname), then select Flash-Materials > Timeline-Materials
Note: If you see a white box in the middle of the screen that reads "Milestone photo 5 goes here," you are viewing the end of the timeline animation. You need to use the horizontal scroll bar located beneath the timeline to zip back to the beginning of the animation:
Here's what each layer does:
Go to the library and click on "timeline-picture1-traffic." Drag an instance of "timeline-picture1-traffic" to the stage and position it within the guide lines. The stage should look something like the following (Notice that the caption and credit areas are still visible -- you need to make sure your stage has these areas):
Flash will present you with a big list of options. For the time being, leave all the options set on their defaults and simply click the "OK" button. Flash will export the movie.
Advanced Timeline: Employing Motion Tweens
The timeline we just created is a ridiculously simple example of a timeline's functionality. There's much more that can, and should, be done with timelines.
For example, the following timeline adds additional animation to the basic timeline we just created:
Notice that the pictures in this timeline "swoop" into position. This is done through a Motion Tween (a Motion Tween tutorial is available here).
You can see how this timeline is developed by doing the following:
Deconstructing a Very Advanced Timeline
In the last part of this tutorial we're going to take a look at an advanced timeline that blends a variety of tweens, images and text.