Motion Presets are saved Motion Tween animations, that can be reused and applied to a Symbol or text field on the Stage.
These Tweens are stored in a Motion Presets panel, that can be opened from the menu Window -> Motion Presets. This panel comes with two folders: Default Presets and Custom Presets.
In "Default Presets" you can find animations that are included in the Adobe Flash program, and in "Custom Presets" you can save you're own animations.
Motion Presets panel
Here's what the options from this panel do:
Import - Imports /adds in the Motion Preset panel tweens from external sources, saved (exported) in XML format.
Export - Saves in XML format the selected Motion Preset.
Rename - Renames the selected Preset (does not work for the presets in the "Default Presets" folder).
New Folder - Creates a new folder in the panel (useful to group multiple Motion Presets into cathegories).
Remove - Deletes the selected preset (does not work for the presets in the "Default Presets" folder).
Save - Saves an animation from the Stage in the Motion Presets panel.
Apply at Current Location - When there's a Movie Clip animation on the Stage, with this option the Present tween is applied to it starting from the curent position (Frame) of the object in the Timeline.
End at Current Location - The preset tween applied to an Symbol or text field will end at the position of the object in the selected Frame in the Timeline.
Apply - With this button the Motion Preset animation is applied to a Symbol or text field selected on the stage.
- Motion Presets can be used only in ActionScript 3.0 documents
- The animations from the Motion Presets panel can be imported and exported in XML files.
Applying Motion Presets
When an animation from "Motion Presets" is applied to an object, it works as a "Animation Template", that will be transfered/ added to that object. Only Frames, Motion and Path are transfered; keeping the form and colors of the object.
- Only a single preset animation can be applied to an object. If another Motion Preset is added to the same object, it will replace the previous tween.
- The presets with 3D Animation can only be applied to Movie Clip Symbol instances, which is the only object for 3D effects.
The following steps show how to apply and modify a motion preset called small-bounce:
Open a new Flash document and draw a rectangle on the Stage (with "Rectangle Tool").
Convert this rectangle into a Movie Clip Symbol (you can use any other type of Symbol), from Modify -> Convert to Symbol.
Make sure the Movie Clip instance is selected, open the Motion Presets panel (from Window -> Motion Presets).
Double-click on "Default Presets", choose the small-bounce preset and press the button Apply.
- The motion, frames, and the path of the Preset Animation will be added to the object on the Stage.
Test this animation by pressing the Enter key (or "Ctrl+Enter"); you will see an animation similar to this:
- In the following presentation you can see how to do this example (click the image below).
Using Motion Preset
- The FLA file with this example can be downloaded from: small-bounce Motion Presets.
- The animation created with motion preset can be edited, modified like any Motion Tween animation; you can add and delete frames in the Timeline, its path can be modified, color effects can be applied, etc.
Creating Motion Preset
A Motion Preset is created from a Motion Tween animation on the Stage, with the purpose of reusing it anytime with other Symbol and text fields.
Once you have created a Motion Tween animation on the Stage, right-click the animated object (or its frames in the Timeline), and then choose Save as Motion Preset. A dialog box opens where you name the preset, and then click OK. Once
that's done, your newly named preset appears in the Custom Presets folder in the Motion Presets panel.
- Your custom preset won't have an animated preview like the ones that come with Flash.
To make it possible to preview the animation saved in Motion Presets, proceed in the following way:
- After the animation was saved in Motion Presets, without doing any changes, click on the menu File -> Export -> Export Movie and export the animation in SWF file, with the same name used to save it in Motion Presets. Then place the SWF file in the folder that stores the Adobe Flash motion presets.
For "Windows 7" and Windows Vista", the folder's path is: <Local Disk>/Users\<a_name>\AppData\Local\Adobe\Flash CS5\<en_US>\Configuration\Motion Presets.
In that folder should be a XML file with the same name as the SWF file.