Export Video with Animate (CS6 and earlier versions only)

 This article applies for Flash Professional CS6 and earlier versions only. For latest information about the Export Video functionality using Animate, see Exporting Video using Adobe Media Encoder.

About Video for Adobe Flash Player (FLV)

With Animate (CS6 and earlier versions only), you can import or export video with encoded audio. Animate can import FLV video and export FLV or QuickTime (MOV). Use video with communications applications, such as video conferencing or files that contain screen-share encoded data exported from Adobe’s Media Server.

When you export video clips from Animate in FLV format with streaming audio, the Streaming Sound dialog box settings compress the audio.

Files in the FLV format are compressed with the Sorenson codec.

Export a copy of an FLV file from the Library

  1. Right-click the FLV video clip in the Library panel.

  2. Choose Properties from the context menu.

  3. In the Video Properties dialog box, click Export.

  4. Enter a name for the exported file. Select a location to save it to, click Save, and click OK.

About QuickTime

Animate provides two methods of exporting Animate documents as QuickTime:

QuickTime export

Exports a QuickTime file that can be distributed as streaming video, on a DVD, or used in a video editing application such as Adobe® Premiere Pro®. QuickTime export is intended for users who want to distribute Animate content, such as animation, in the QuickTime video format.

Be aware that the performance of the computer used to export QuickTime video may affect the quality of the video. If Animate is unable to export each frame, it will drop frames, resulting in poor video quality. If you encounter dropped frames, try using a faster computer with more memory or reduce the frames per second of the Animate document.

Publish as QuickTime

Creates an application with a Animate track in the same QuickTime format installed on your computer. This lets you combine the interactive features of Animate with the multimedia and video features of QuickTime in a single QuickTime 4 movie, which anyone with QuickTime 4 or later can view.

If you import a video clip (in any format) into a document as an embedded file, you can publish the document as a QuickTime movie. If you import a video clip in QuickTime format into a document as a linked file, you can also publish the document as a QuickTime movie.

Exports all layers in the Animate document as a single Animate track, unless the document contains an imported QuickTime movie. The imported QuickTime movie remains in QuickTime format in the exported application.

Export QuickTime

  1. Select File > Export > Export Movie.

  2. Specify settings for the QuickTime movie to export. By default, QuickTime export creates a movie file using the same dimensions as the source Animate document and exports the Animate document in its entirety. The Export QuickTime Video dialog box contains the following options:


    The width and height in pixels for the frames of the QuickTime movie. You can specify only the width or the height; the other dimension is automatically set to maintain the aspect ratio of your original document. To set both the width and the height independently of each other, deselect Maintain Aspect Ratio.

     If the dimensions of the video are particularly large (for example, 740 x 480 pixels), you may need to change the frame rate of the movie to avoid dropping frames.

     The Dimensions option you set in the QuickTime Export Settings dialog is for the width and height of the FLA file exported as video. The dimensions you set in the QuickTime Settings dialog specify the size of the exported QuickTime movie. If you do not change the size in the later dialog, it remains as “current” so you do not need to change it.

    Ignore stage color

    Creates an alpha channel using the stage color. The alpha channel is encoded as a transparent track, letting you overlay the exported QuickTime movie on top of other content to alter the background color or scene.

    To create a QuickTime video with an alpha channel, you must select a video Compression Type that supports 32-bit encoding with an alpha channel. Codecs that support this are Animation, PNG, Planar RGB, JPEG 2000, TIFF, or TGA. You must also select Million of Color+ from the Compressor/Depth setting. To set the compression type and color depth, click the Settings button in the Video category of the Movie Settings dialog box.

    When last frame is reached

    Exports the entire Animate document as a movie file.

    After time has elapsed

    The duration of the Animate document to export in hours:minutes:seconds:milliseconds.

    QuickTime Settings

    Opens the advanced QuickTime settings dialog box. The Advanced settings let you specify custom QuickTime settings. In general, use the default QuickTime settings, as they provide optimal playback performance for most applications. To modify the QuickTime settings, see the documentation provided with Apple QuickTime Pro for information on the available video parameters.

  3. Click Export.

Windows AVI (Windows)

Exports a document as a Windows video but discards any interactivity. Good for opening a Animate animation in a video-editing application. Because AVI is a bitmap-based format, documents that contain long or high-resolution animations can quickly become very large.

The Export Windows AVI dialog box has the following options:


Specifies a width and height, in pixels, for the frames of an AVI movie. Specify only the width or the height; the other dimension is automatically set to maintain the aspect ratio of your original document. To set both the width and the height, deselect Maintain Aspect Ratio.

Video Format

Selects a color depth. Some applications do not yet support the Windows 32‑bpc image format. If this format presents problems, use the older 24‑bpc format.

Compress Video

Select standard AVI compression options.


Applies anti-aliasing to the exported AVI movie. Anti-aliasing produces a higher-quality bitmap image, but it can cause a halo of gray pixels to appear around images when placed over a colored background. Deselect if a halo appears.

Sound Format

Set the sample rate and size of the soundtrack, and whether to export in mono or stereo. The smaller the sample rate and size, the smaller the exported file, with a possible trade-off in sound quality.

WAV audio (Windows)

Exports only the sound file of the current document to a single WAV file. You can specify the sound format of the new file.

To determine the sampling frequency, bit rate, and stereo or mono setting of the exported sound, select Sound Format. To exclude events sounds from the exported file, select Ignore Event Sounds.

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