Converting an Animation to a Symbol
Flash CS4 Tutorial
How to Copy the Keyframes from Animation and Convert Them to a Symbol
Sometimes it's convenient to convert several layers and keyframes into a single Movie Symbol.
Because Movie Symbols are timeline independent, you can now place your Movie Symbol on a single frame of the main timeline to display the entire animation.
In a new Flash document, use the Oval tool (o key) to add a shape to the stage.
Select your oval and convert it to a Movie Symbol by pressing F8.
Right click the single keyframe of the oval object layer and choose Create Motion Tween.
Move the timeline indicator to the final frame of the tween, then move the object to create a second keyframe.
Press Cmd/Return (PC - Ctrl/Enter) to preview your movie.
Select the content and both keyframes by clicking the layer name. For multiple layers you can Shift select each layer or marquee drag to select all content.
Choose Edit > Timeline > Cut Frames.
Choose Insert > New Symbol (Cmd/F8 (PC - Ctrl/F8)). Select Movie Clip for Type.
Click the first frame of the layer and choose Edit > Timeline > Paste Frames.
Return to the main timeline by clicking the Scene 1 icon.
Remove all frames except the keyframe at frame one by Cmd-dragging (PC - Ctrl-dragging) the end point back to frame one.
Select the keyframe at frame one and drag your new symbol from the Library to the stage.
Publish your movie by pressing Cmd/Return (PC - Ctrl/Enter). The main timeline has only one frame, yet the movie symbol plays from start to finish.