3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 21, 2010 12:58 PM by Bear Travis

    Please Help!!  Timeline fading in and out question.


      I'm very new to Flash Catalyst.  I am an advanced After Effects user, so the timeline in FC is foreign to me.  All I have been asked to do for my job is simply fade in and out between 4 quotes, and to have it loop back again.


      When I fade in and out between "pages," it never works seamlessly.  I wish to set 10 seconds to each quote, and have it slowly fade in and out...then another quote should fade in and out, etc.  I seem to have no control on whether it should fade out or fade in, as well as setting it up to run automatically (rather than upon click) and looping.


      I know there must be a simple way to do this, but I have wasted days (in my new job) trying to figure it out myself.  This is my last resort.  ANY help will be greatly appreciated.

        • 1. Re: Please Help!!  Timeline fading in and out question.
          Bear Travis Adobe Employee

          In Flash Catalyst, Fade In and Fade Out have been combined into the more powerful (but perhaps a little more confusing) Fade transition. The Fade transition allows you to go between any two opacities.


          A Fade from 0 to 100 is a Fade In.

          A Fade from 100 to 0 is a Fade Out.


          There is no good way to loop transitions in Catalyst, however, there is a workaround discussed in this faq thread. You will probably want to have a custom component with each quote in a different state. Then you can transition between states using the workaround from the faq thread.



          • 2. Re: Please Help!!  Timeline fading in and out question.
            jlyndsey Level 1

            I'm aware of what fading in and out means, as well as the fact that they are transitions... It's actually that I am having difficulty simply making it work.  There are a series of 4 quotes from my company's clients: One quote should fade on screen, stay up for 10 seconds, fade off screen, ANOTHER quote fade on screen, stays up for 10 seconds, fades off, etc. for a total of four quotes (layers, pages, stages...whatever the technical term is).  While I have fade transitions between these four "pages," they do not run seamlessly.  One will fade on, fade off, the the next quote will fade on, and then another quote will flash on screen.  Then it will just stop playing.


            Am I going about this the wrong way?  Is it possible for Flash Catalyst to fade in and out of layers for a seamless, 40 second video to be saved for the web?  It's a banner for my company's website that will need to loop.



            • 3. Re: Please Help!!  Timeline fading in and out question.
              Bear Travis Adobe Employee

              As I mentioned above, the best way to do this is to create a custom component with each of the quotes in different states. If you use the workaround in the FAQ, have the on video play complete set your custom component to the next state (state 2 if in state 1, state 3 if in state 2, state 4 if in state 3, state 1 if in state 4).


              You can manage the fades in the state transitions between the custom component's states.