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Animating a Pendulum using Flash

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  • Last Updated : 07 Mar, 2022

Flash is an animation tool used by professionals as well as by beginners. Its incredible features make it the first choice for everyone who want to work on animation projects. It provides tweening, motion graphic, masking and many more such features which helps the animators to complete any project in less amount of time. It was released in 1996 after which a number of versions was also launched. It is used in many movies to make animations. 

Animating a Pendulum

Pendulum is a simple device which swing left to right in a defined time period and it is used in various physics calculations so we will animate the swinging pendulum for this firstly we will draw a pendulum and then we will animate it. Animation can be done frame by frame but this is a time consuming process so we will use another method. Follow the below steps to animate the swinging pendulum.

Step 1: Create a new project in Adobe Flash.

Create-a-new-project

Step 2: Draw a straight line on the stage using straight line tool.

Draw-a-straight-line-on-the-stage

Step 3: Create new layer and name it Pendulum, draw a vertical straight line and a circle using oval tool.

 Create-new-layer-and-name-it-Pendulum

Step 4: Now select the circle and the vertical line and right click, a list will appear, choose convert to symbol.

Choose-convert-to-symbol

Step 5: Next screen will appear choose Graphic in the type option and click OK.
 

Click-OK

Step 6: Now select the symbol using Free transform tool and move the pivot point to the top so that it touches the horizontal straight line.

Select-the-symbol-using-Free-transform-tool

Step 7: Now pose the pendulum to left as it is swinging. 

Pose-the-pendulum-to-left

Step 8: Now select the frame 40 and right click on it, a list will appear click on the Insert Key frame option.

Insert-Key-frame-at-frame-40

Step 9: At Layer 1, select the frame 40 and right click on it, a list will appear click on the Insert frame option.

Click-on-the-Insert-frame-option

Step 10: Similarly insert a keyframe at frame 20 on Pendulum layer 

Insert-a-keyframe-at-frame-20

Step 11: Now change the pose of the pendulum. 

Change-the-pose-of-the-pendulum

Step 12: Now select the key frames in the middle and right click, a list will appear, click on the Create Classic tween option.

Create-Classic-tween

 Step 13: Now click the play button and run the animation.

Click-the-play-button

Congratulations your Pendulum animation is ready. Press Ctrl + Enter to see the final output. Here is the output video of the animation.

 

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