3d Animated Characters

Discussion in 'Character Creator Q&A' started by Tweenoe, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. Tweenoe

    Tweenoe

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    I am using the 3D Animated Characters to create a header for my website...
    Will the Characters still be moving once I publish my website?
    As of right now I am in the building process and they are at a stand still...

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  2. gcuneo2

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    Generally there is no problem. You have to consider some things between the GIF and SWF formats:

    • Does what I'm making require user input? While an animated movie in Flash may look exactly the same as an animated movie in GIF format, if you have any user options, buttons, interactivity, etc. those cannot be played in an animated GIF, as it's nothing but a series of static images. If you require the ability for user interaction, then a Flash SWF is essential.
    • Will the majority of my target demographic have the Flash player? If you're sending a message to a specific audience, there are certain characteristics of your demographic that may make them more or less likely to have the most recent Flash player (or any Flash player at all) on their computers, and more or less likely to be willing to download it. If you think less than 50% of your audience will have the Flash player or will be willing to download it, then you may be better off using an animated GIF; while Flash requires a plugin to play, animated GIFs will automatically run in any browser.
    • Does using Flash lower my file size significantly? 9 out of 10, the answer to this question will be "yes". With simple graphics, vector-traced SWF files are almost always going to be smaller than sequences GIFs because of the way the images are stored and rendered. However, if your graphics aren't simple--say if you're importing detailed bitmap artwork into Flash and leaving it as a raster image rather than converting it to a vector image--it's possible that you may end up breaking even or even coming up with a smaller file using an optimized GIF.
    • Am I using audio? This is another major dealbreaker, like the requirement for user input. If you're using audio, you'll need to stay in SWF format, as animated GIFs are image-only. However, if you're not using audio, then the SWF format isn't really necessary, as both the SWF and GIF will accomplish the same ends in playing the soundless animation.
     
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    I am using Host Gators Weebly to build my Website.
    Is there a paticular format I need to save under?
    I published my site just to see the characters would move, and there is no movement.

    Thanks
     
  4. gcuneo2

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    I am using the PRO version of weebly (have been for a few months now). Oddly enough when using the weebly interface the files do not appear, but uploaded just fine, and display correctly after publishing. I am using win 8.1 (release preview) and firefox.

    I have no issues with either dragging and dropping, or uploading a SWF file then publishing the page:

    Here is the link to weebly help (it's pretty basic): http://kb.weebly.com/swf-flash.html

    Here is what I just did:

    http://gcuneo.weebly.com/practice-html--flash.html
     
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    Forgot one thing: this is what I see after I upload the swf file into the weebly interface. The file placeholder should be where the big yellow x is: weebly.JPG
     
  6. Tweenoe

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    I have figured out the problem, I was uploading a jpg and png file, not the swf file, thats why I had no movement in in 3D Characters. When I upload my swf files I see them before and after I publish them. I am using a Mac Computer and Safari Browser.

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