5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 14, 2009 6:23 AM by RossRitchey

    Exporting a flash movie for email

    CNewt09

      Hi and help!

       

      I am creating a fairly basic animated invite using flash that i wish to send out to various people through an email. Can someone please advise me how i would save/export the movie i create so when someone opens the email it will automatically play. This would need to be viewed on both Macs and PCs.

       

      Thanks in advance!

        • 1. Re: Exporting a flash movie for email
          RossRitchey Level 4

          Most email softwares don't support using Flash inline.

           

          Your best bet is to send a link to a page with your Flash.

          • 2. Re: Exporting a flash movie for email
            CNewt09 Level 1

            Thanks for the reply.

             

            In which case, do you know how/what software creates the animated images, that I have in the past, received via email?

            • 3. Re: Exporting a flash movie for email
              RossRitchey Level 4

              If you have received animated images in the past, they were almost assuredly animated gifs

               

              While it is possible that you are using a software that does allow for SWFs inline, most mail softwares do not.

               

              In order to display a SWF inline in an email, you would need to send a full HTML page.  You could set it up so that the SWF displays if the user can load it, otherwise a link appears to go to the page online.

               

              As for softwares to create animated gifs - try Photoshop (or ImageReady if you have pre-CS3 versions)

              • 4. Re: Exporting a flash movie for email
                CNewt09 Level 1

                Thanks again Ross.

                 

                In which case, how are animated gifs created and am i not able to export a flash video as an animated gif. I believe there is an option to do so.

                • 5. Re: Exporting a flash movie for email
                  RossRitchey Level 4

                  I am probably not the best person to ask about animated gif creation, as I've only created a few in the past.

                   

                  The only way I have ever created an animated gif was using ImageReady (In pre-CS days) to line up still images with some very basic transitions.  ImageReady has been integrated into Photoshop as of CS3.

                   

                  You can export an animated gif out of Flash as well.  I fear that the animated gif renderer will work like the AVI renderer and not play back MovieClips on export.  So I would put all animation on the main timeline.  I also believe that animated gifs cannot carry audio.