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How do I create a Flash movie that will eventually be exported as a Quicktime movie?

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In the past I have created lengthy Flash movies and presentations that play through from start to finish as a SWF file. However, later, the client will return asking to convert the SWF to Flash video and/or Quicktime movies. I know that for either the Flash must first be exported as a Quicktime movie. I'm having trouble with this. I use Flash CS3 and I've only been able to successfully export one of my Flash projects. This particular project utilized only the root timeline and had only one Stop at the end of the movie. Any Flash movies with multiple movieclips, timelines, some simple actionscript, I could not get to export. Are there any tricks or tips to keep in mind when creating your Flash movies if you know this may be a request down the road? Perhaps there is a more specific way to set up the file to make this possible?

P.s. none of these are interactive. they all play through as one long movie.
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Step 1 - When they start a new project, always ask your client "Will you want this turning into pure video at any point ?" And go on to explain that you can do more / make it faster / make it smaller if you *don't* design it to play as video. Then it's their choice - cleverer / faster / better, but no video - or dumber, slower, bigger, but can be video.

I know in theory that puts you in a safer place, but I also know that some clients will still come back in the future and say "You know I said I didn't need video.... wellll, it turns out I do...". But at least you've prepped the ground for your reply "Sure - lets agree a fee for this extra work that I warned you about"

Step 2 - If you do want the possibility to export as video *with no extra work needed*, you must do all of your animation and timing using the timeline and *not* use actionscript. When Flash renders a movie out as video, it *only* pays attention to the timeline, and not to any script used.

Step 3 - You have a movie that *cannot* be rendered out of Flash, but you still need it as video. Look into video capture software - the kind of software that is used for doing screen based tutorials. Run the swf on your PC, and capture the output with the video capture software. You just need to edit it with your favourite video editor and re-compress it to Flash video.

Hope this helps.
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