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I can now safely vouch for the truth of the phrase "ignorance is bliss". Animation is a LOT of work!!
At any rate it's done and uploaded (see link below), but this post isn't about the actual video so much, as about what I learned, in the process of getting the damn thing uploaded to youtube.During the testing phase last week I discovered that when I exported the Flash file to QuickTime (video format - .mov), for some reason the audio wasn't exporting with it. The only other available file format for Flash on a Mac is .swf and youtube doesn't accept .swf files. WTF Flash? Seriously? A little quality time with google confirmed that I wasn't the only one with this problem but I still couldn't find a solution, although one enterprising dude had suggested making a QuickTime screencast of the animation and uploading THAT file. When I tried it, I ended up with a .mov file over 300 mb, which took over 2 hours to upload, and when it finally did upload, it was so badly corrupted that it was unusable. That's when I checked the Share options in QuickTIme (10.0) and here's what I did... I exported the screencast .mov file to "Share with iTunes", then dragged the resulting mpg from iTunes to my desktop and uploaded THAT file to youtube. The mpeg was 13 mgs or so and took less than 5 minutes to upload. I still haven't found a workaround for that initial file format issue, so I ended up creating the screencast of my original Flash file. I expanded the Flash stage to 300% and closed all the pallettes and timeline, so that the animation filled the screen as much as possible. If you try it, remember that the screencast will record the audio in your file with your built-in mic, so turn off the tv and try to keep the kids and pets out of the room, during recording! This method worked fine for my purposes. Your mileage may vary, of course I'll admit it's a bit of a convoluted fix, but it did work... and frankly I couldn't stand the thought of all that work going to waste just because Flash is a stupid, stupid application. Screen Captures & An Intro To Mac Terminal
The cat was well behaved. She didn't even put up a fight when I shoved her into her carrier (a first) but everything else was a shambles.
At one point I stood, holding the cat and nothing else, ready to evacuate, but slowly came to the realization that I might need something besides a cat, in my new, post-fire life.
Maybe the laptop? It's got actual work on it, which I might want to continue doing, when I begin this new life, but what I really wanted to take, was the big screen tv. It didn't even occur to me till after the alarm stopped ringing, that I hadn't even begun looking for my wallet, car keys, passport... Anyway, I wasted a lot of time standing around with no plan of action. Bad form.
Have resolved to make up an 'emergency kit' with all the important things in one fire-proof place, and to also equip the car with a "survival kit" of some type, too, just in case.
I'm also planning to hold at least one fire drill, to see how long it takes me to get out of this place in one piece before it burns to the ground. I think I can safely excuse the cat though. She's got her part down to a T.