Glossary of Terms
A KeyFrame is used to mark the
beginning and end of a motion sequence. Each Key frame contains the
position, size and rotation of the Camera Window. ImageMatics
Still Motion CreatorTM (ISMC) uses the start and
end Key frame position to calculate all the intervening frames in a
StillMotion: Our trade name for motion sequences created from
still images with KeyFrame animation.
Images refer to still images that are
input from files you already have available. Scanning photographs,
digital camera, photo clip art and paint package outputs are all
common sources of images. The maximum image size is 4,000 x 4,000
pixels, up to 64 different images may be used in a single animation
StillMotion Creator supports TGA, TIF, JPG and BMP fill formats.
A Show is the script the ISMC creates that describes the animation
you are creating. The Show contains the motion information, trimming
and images that make up the animation you are creating. The Show
file (MXP) does not contain the images. It contains references
(paths) to the images so if you which to save a Show for later
editing you should also save the images used to create it.
The movie is the output that contains the animation and any sound you
may have added. The StillMotion Creator can produce Flash SWF
files and video (AVI) files with add on modules. There are no
program restrictions on the maximum length of a Movie.
Animations are composed of sequences of images over time. The
Timeline is the actual timed sequence of image motions and events.
The area containing the current image being used as the animation
source. This is different from a Flash 5 stage.
The area of the Stage contained within the area selection box which
represents the “view” of the Stage from the viewer. The Viewer shows
the current Camera Window.
The built in “video” player for
previewing Movies under construction and the location of the KeyFrame
The Quality Factor is the determinant
of how much compression is used on images in making the SWF movie. A
factor of 100 is the highest quality and least compression. The
lower the Quality Factor the smaller the SWF files and associated
with this a lower quality Movie.
Easing refers to the option of having a camera path start of slow at
the beginning of a motion segment and then accelerate to constant
speed (Ease In) or slowing (Ease Out) as the motion sequence nears
its end. This is also referred to as Slows in the KeyFrame
Control Dialog Box.
A Flash file. The Movie is represented as an SWF File.