October 06, 2007

Use AE+Flash to create interactive video

News about After Effects always proves popular with the Flash crowd that stops by here, so I thought I’d pass along AE Product Manager Michael Coleman’s tips on Creating Interactive Video with After Effects and Flash.  The 40-minute presentation talks about using AE’s motion tracker to generate cue points that tell the SWF what to do, among other things.

Writing this in 2007, I still can’t quite believe that AE’s chocolate is getting into Flash’s peanut butter, so to speak.  Back in 1999, during my previous gig, I started browbeating people at Adobe & Macromedia to make these tools work together, and with CS3 it’s finally happening.  I think this is just the beginning of what AE & Flash will be able to do in tandem.

For more tutorial content on AE, Premiere Pro, Flash, and other timeline-related things, check out Dennis Radeke’s Genesis Project.

Posted by John Nack at 8:52 AM on October 06, 2007


  • Abhas — 8:45 AM on November 19, 2010

    thnx a lot. your presentation was really helpful.please
    continue making such presentations even in future

  • Mark Richardson — 8:35 PM on January 17, 2011

    This was incredibly helpful in figuring out how to create an interactive video. I don’t have it done yet but you can get an idea of what I want to do by watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBXbVD9Oxg8

    Each menu item will be clickable.. My thought is to have transparent buttons (in flash) that will hover over each text item. Clicking the button will navigate to a different movie, all contained in a swf file.

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