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Hi ... I'm hoping someone can assist me. I am in the preliminary stages of choosing a program for creating animation and video for the Web, specifically for Mobile Devices and Desktops. I understand Flash Player will no longer be developed for mobile devices. My questions are as follows: Can I create an animation in Adobe Flash Pro, export the animation as a .MOV or .AVI and be able to upload the animation to the web so it is playable on mobile devices and desktops ? What program would you recommend I learn in order to create animation and videos for Mobile Devices and Desktops, taking into consideration HTML 5 ? I know the basics of HTML 4 and CSS but for the last 10 years I've been working as a Network professional. Your help is very appreciated. Thanks, Jason

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You can't export to a video directly from Flash, but you may be able to use the Flash Media Encoder to go from a SWF or FLA file to a movie. For SVG animations in HTML 5, there is a list of programs here: http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Animation-(Timeline)

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Thanks for the reply. I'm pretty new to Flash. I am using Flash Professional CS 5.5 and I did the following steps to create an AVI file:

  1. Opened Flash Pro CS 5.5.
  2. Selected "Animation" from "Create from Template".
  3. Selected "Animated Mask Motion Tween" from the templates.
  4. I played the animation.
  5. I then selected File \ Export \ Export Movie.
  6. From the "Save as type" I selected "Windows AVI".
  7. I clicked Save.
  8. I then played the AVI file and it played successfully and showed the animation.

I'm assuming I could convert the file for mobile viewing and could use the AVI for desktop viewing ? Or can .AVI's and .MOV's be played on Mobile devices ? Thanks for the help !

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They can be played on any device that supports them, I can't really comment on which devices support which formats. I know what my own phone supports and that's about it. There's a discussion about it here, it looks like he ended up encoding the video 3 or 4 different ways: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4112924/video-codec-settings-to-support-all-major-mobile-devices-in-html5-player

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