I was really tired when I wrote the original question in this post and I know you all usually use Flash for animation so I’ll try to make it more clear what I’m trying to do:
I’ve got a 27.5 minute live action film (actually shot on video) that I call the ‘MASTER’ movie.
I’ve got about 15 live action scenes (lengths range from 5 sec. to 1.5 minutes long) that I call the ‘BRANCH’ movies.
In the final quicktime movie that I’m trying to make it should go something like this: As you’re watching the ‘MASTER’ Movie when something weird happens to the main character a small FLASH button appears in the lower right hand corner and if you push it you cut to one of the ‘BRANCH’ movies and go inside his mind. At the end of that BRANCH movie it sends you right back to the spot in the MASTER movie that you came from, and it keeps on playing.
THE WAY I’VE SET UP THE FLASH PROJECT:
Before anything, I’ve edited all the live action scenes in Final Cut Pro, then exported and compressed them with the Sorenson 3.1 codec in Cleaner 5 - they turn out to be .mov files.
- I import all these Quicktime files.
- I make a Flash scene for every quicktime movie I’ve got.
- In the Flash scene that contains the ‘MASTER’ movie, I add my Flash button in the lower right hand corner at certain spots that, if pushed, sends the viewer to one of the various ‘BRANCH’ Flash scenes.
- I publish this as a Quicktime movie with a Flash layer.
I’ve got it all working pretty well on a Mac, especially after breaking up the ‘MASTER’ movie into smaller pieces like suprabeener suggested.
The problem I’m now facing is there seems to be a limit on how many total frames can be published to Quicktime from a Flash project. Does anybody know how many? I can publish 3/4 of the MASTER movie with the 15 BRANCH scenes included (ending up as a 237.6 MB Quicktime file), but when I try to add the last 1/4 of the MASTER movie, Flash will not publish it correctly. It makes a very short 2 MB Quicktime with no buttons or anything. It basically freaks out. Anybody have any suggestions?
Sorry for the length of this explanation/question.