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.
In a new Flash file add one additional layer. Name the upper layer Circle and the lower layer Square.
Select the first frame of the Circle layer and add a circle to the stage with the Oval tool (o key).
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.
Select the circle, then press F8 to convert it to a Movie Symbol.
With the circle still selected, choose Window > Motion Presets.
Open the Default Presets folder and click one of the presets, then press Apply.
Select the square, then press F8 to convert it to a Movie Symbol.
With the square still selected, choose Window > Motion Presets.
Open the Default Presets folder and click one of the presents, then press Apply.
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.
Choose Edit > Timeline > Copy Frames.
Open a new document by selecting File > New.
Click the keyframe at frame one of the default layer and choose Edit > Timeline > Paste Keyframes.
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.