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1. Opening A File. Movie Properties

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To open a file in Flash go to main menu File -> Open...

Open the file index.fla from template/flash.

As you can see to the left is the Tools palette. In the middle is the preview area, above the preview area is the Timeline. To the bottom and to the right are other palettes. The Library palette is one of the most important because here you'll find all element that create your movie. To view the Library palette press Ctrl+L.

To view the movie properties go to main menu Modify -> Document

The Document Properties window pop up:

Here you have all general settings of your movie: Dimensions (the dimensions have to be the same with the ones of the Photoshop document), Background color, Frame rate (use 30 fps - frames per second - because the animation will be smoother), Ruler units. If you have to create more documents with the same general settings you can make this configuration the default configuration and every new movie will start with this settings. To do that just press the Make Default button.

To preview your movie just press Ctrl+Enter.