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Animating Symbols

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Adobe Animate CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release), explore how to change almost any aspect of an object—position, color, transparency, size, rotation, and more—over time.

Exporting Your Final Movie

You can quickly preview your animation by “scrubbing” the red playhead back and forth on the Timeline, by choosing Control > Play, or by using the Time Scrub tool from the Tools panel. You can also use the integrated controller at the bottom of the Timeline. But to create your final project as a movie, you must export it.

Create an MP4 movie file by exporting the project and converting it in Media Encoder, a freestanding application that comes packaged with Animate (you’ll learn more about Media Encoder in Lesson 11).

  1. Choose File > Export > Export Video.

    The Export Video dialog box opens.

  2. Keep the Render Size at its original dimensions. Select the Convert Video In Adobe Media Encoder option. Click Browse to select the destination filename and location. Click Export.

    Animate generates a SWF file (.swf) and then saves a MOV (.mov) file from it. Adobe Media Encoder automatically launches.

  3. In Adobe Media Encoder, notice that your MOV file is already added to the Queue panel.

  4. In the Queue panel’s Preset menu, choose Match Source – Medium Bitrate.

    The Match Source – Medium Bitrate setting keeps the dimensions of the source file and balances file size and quality.

  5. Click the Start Queue button (the green triangle) or press Enter/Return to begin the encoding process.

  6. Media Encoder converts the MOV file into an H.264-formatted video with the standard .mp4 extension.

    Congratulations—you’re done! The final file can be uploaded to Facebook, YouTube, or other video sharing sites, or put up on a promotional website for the fictional cinematic release.

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