Organizing Frames and Layers - Moving Frames (Keyframes) (Page 3 of 5 )
The Timeline is serial: When you run your animation, Flash displays the content in Frame 1, followed by the content in Frame 2, followed by the content in Frame 3, and so on. If you change your mind about the order in which you want frames to appear, all you need to do is move them.
Moving a keyframe. When you move a keyframe, what Flash actually moves is the keyframe’s content and keyframe designation; Flash leaves behind a regular frame in the original keyframe’s place. (And that regular frame may or not be empty, depending on whether or not a keyframe precedes it on the Timeline.)
Moving a regular frame. Flash moves the regular frame, but turns the moved frame into a keyframe. (If you move a series of regular frames, Flash turns just the first moved frame into a keyframe.)
To move frames, you simply select and then drag them. The process is the same whether you’re moving frames, keyframes, or both, and all the usual rules of frame selection described earlier in this chapter still apply.
Here are the steps in detail:
On the Timeline, select the frame(s) you want to move.
Flash highlights the selected frame (or frames) and moves the playhead to the last selected frame.
Drag the selected frame(s) to the frame after which you want to place the selected frames.
Figure 4-2. Top: Click the frame you want to move and then let go of your mouse. Drag the frame you just selected. If flash displays a gray selection-sized box above your cursor, you’re gold: Drag to the point in the Timeline where you want to insert the moved frame (here, Frame 30) and then drop it. (If you don’t see a gray box, you need to start the process over.)
Bottom: Here, you can tell the move succeeded because the keyframe and end frame indicators have disappeared from their original locations (Frames 16 and 17) and reappeared in their new locations (Frames 29 and 30).
Tip: If you begin to drag your selected frames and see Flash highlighting the Timeline, which tells you it’s selecting additional frames (instead of displaying a neat gray box, which tells you it’s moving the selected frames), stop right there and start the whole process over. When your cursor is above the frame after which you want to move the selected frames, let go of your mouse button.
Flash deletes the selected frames from their original position, and inserts them in their new location.
Tip: If dragging your frames isn’t working, you can always copy and paste the frames you want to move (page 113). Then use Edit -> Timeline -> Remove Frames to delete them from their original location (see the box below).