Moving a scene from one fla to another

I’ve got a intro scene from a fla of a game I got made, I want to copy the entire scene to another fla of a different game, how do I do this? I’ll give good sitepoint rep to anyone who helps.

Select all the frames, right click choose copy frames, now open up the 2nd fla, select the layer where you want the frames to be pasted & right click again & select paste frames. :tup:

I do not have a copy of Flash (I am assuming MX?) on this machine but I do not think that is possible.

Does the Scene panel (Shift+F2) offer any option.

Can you not achieve what you want by having both files open and moving movieclip elements from the library inspector?

The shift panel doesnt offer the functionality that has been asked. Even in Flash MX you can achieve this by the way i mentioned.

Can you not achieve what you want by having both files open and moving movieclip elements from the library inspector?

I described that method coz it transfers the entire animation that has been done in the timeline into the other FLA including the Library elements.

It doesn’t work 100%…

Correct me if I am wrong… but cant you just imbed the swf into a new fla?

I remember trying to do what you are attempting before… and I don’t think i was successful.

First off… you should always create everything in movie clips. Never tween on the main timline of any fla file. Always create a blank movie clip and animate inside it. That way you can copy the move clip and everything in it by dragging it in the library of another file.

If you cannot do this becuase you have created a huge animation already then I would simply load the swf you have into your new project using the “loadmovie” command to load the swf into your new project.

Well I’ve managed to do it, it’s not the quickest thing, and I need to create a few keyframes, but it works. It copies the thing, but not the timeline, so you have to create a keyframe on the furthest frame it did on the old one, so if its at 25, create a keyframe on the new fla at 25.

Thanks to everyone for their help, and it appears I’ve got this thread highlighted on sitepoint homepage. I’ve be giving out some sitepoint reputation now, then going back to ask another flash related question…

As far as I’m concerned… that’s rule #1. :smiley:

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http://www.Kirupa.com is a better resource for flash tutorials in my opinnion…

That’s not really true. As with anything else, it depends on the situation.

If you are creating an animation in flash that you want to export as an animated gif or a quicktime movie, you have to animate everything on the main timeline. Movieclips don’t play when you export in formats like .mov and avi.

Also, if you want to synch a lot of animation to an audio track, sometimes its a lot easier to do everything on the main timeline.

Either way though, you should still be able to copy all the frames in a scene from one FLA to another. I’ve done it before plenty of times.

Well those are minority situations. I consider it a best practice to get in the habit of using movieclips which allow for more control (actionscript) and portability (library). Especially considering the time saved when you reuse work. Good point though, I guess I missed that as I use imageready for animated gif’s.

I agree with Redivider.

There are certainly situations where clips are better, but there are also situations where staying on one timeline is better too!

I do it all the time. Are you right clicking on the highlighted frames, choosing copy frames. Then in the new fla select the first frame, then right click on that frame and select paste frames. Works with MX 2004 all the time.

Hi!
When you copy/paste frames from another .fla you are asked “Some library items already exist - replace/do not replace?” (or something) - this is because they have the same automatic name given by flash as the other .fla (like:L Tween05 or Symbol23). after that the copy/paste action can be completed with no bugs ONLY if you change their names in the library panel.

isn’t there a better way?
how can you preview only one scene from the entire file? it is very uncomfortable to view the entire movie when working on it (mine has already 11 scenes).

Please help.

isn’t there a better way?

Yes there is, just manage everything in library in folders, by doing this if you happen to copy frames from one scene to another then you wont be asked to either replace or not to replace the existing items.

how can you preview only one scene from the entire file? it is very uncomfortable to view the entire movie when working on it (mine has already 11 scenes).

Well, click Control –> Test Scene, or alternatively hit Ctrl+Alt+Enter.

Thanx!!

Jim Morrison rulez!

all the best

Maybe the great Jim knows how to save the user/tools/panels preferences in flash mx 2004?
When I open the program i’m forced to set the tools the way I like them every time.