Copy and Paste Keyframes Between Timelines

Copy and Paste Keyframes Between Timelines

Flash CS4 Tutorial

 

How to Copy/Paste Keyframes and Content Between Flash Timelines

 

 

Copy/pasting keyframes and content between the main timeline, a Movie Symbol, another scene or a second fla file can be a real lifesaver. If you copy/paste between two documents, all corresponding library assets are transfered to the new fla file.

In this example we will copy/paste several keyframes between two documents.

 

Step One

In a new Flash file add one additional layer. Name the upper layer Circle and the lower layer Square.

Step Two

Select the first frame of the Circle layer and add a circle to the stage with the Oval tool (o key).

Step Three

Select the first frame of the Square layer and add a square to the stage with the Rectangle tool (r key). Hold the Shift key to constrain proportions when drawing.

Step Four

Select the circle, then press F8 to convert it to a Movie Symbol.

Step Five

With the circle still selected, choose Window > Motion Presets.

Step Six

Open the Default Presets folder and click one of the presets, then press Apply.

Step Seven

Select the square, then press F8 to convert it to a Movie Symbol.

Step Eight

With the square still selected, choose Window > Motion Presets.

Step Nine

Open the Default Presets folder and click one of the presents, then press Apply.

Step Ten

Choose Cmd/a (PC - Ctrl/a) to select the newly created keyframes on both layers. You can also select the content for both layers by clicking the Circle layer, then Shift click the Square layer.

Step Eleven

Choose Edit > Timeline > Copy Frames.

Step Twelve

Open a new document by selecting File > New.

Step Thirteen

Click the keyframe at frame one of the default layer and choose Edit > Timeline > Paste Keyframes.

Step Fourteen

The keyframes are added and the necessary assets are added to the Library.

Copy/Paste to a Movie Symbol

This method is also used to copy/paste content from the main timeline and place it inside a Movie Symbol.

For more information, see topic, Converting an Animation to a Symbol.

 

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