What is Flash?

1. Flash on the internet:
In only a few years ago, the use of flash animation has exploded on the internet.

2. What is Flash?
Flash is a multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to web pages. Flash manipulates vector graphics.

How does it work?
Web sites had been reliant on images based on .dpi (dots per inch); the problem is that these files can become very large in size, especially video and slow down as they stream through the world wide web. Vector graphics are based on mathmatical calculations; images or video are made up of vectors (also called paths, or strokes) which lead through locations called control points. Each of these points has a definite position on the x and y axes. Areas defined by these points can be assigned a color and a shape - this becomes the image.

Since it is a mathmatical calculation, you can double the size of the image or create a large video and the increase in the file size will be neglible. You can click on Full Screen while watching a movie streaming on the internet and the clarity will remain the same because all that needed to change to fill the new screen size was the vector or mathematical equation.

House - .gif (created RGB & 72 dpi; notice the pixelated roof line when zooming in).

Sleigh - jpeg (created CMYK & 250 dpi)

House - Flash

Download the images from the in-class server so that you can recreate the Model. You will also find a Model animation video in this folder. Use it to assist you in your recreation of the Cone Game.
Begin Building Your First Flash Animation!