Smart Graphic Control panel (SGC)

Description

Interactive panel which allows users to create Thumbnails for each frame of the content of a Graphic Symbol and then to control the 'looping' setting and 'first frame' for a particular Symbol Instance, by clicking on the desired thumbnail. Properties such as Single Frame, Play Once and Loop can also be controlled simultaneously.

During the initial thumbnail creation, the panel assigns metadata to a symbol instance and later uses it to control it, which allows the users to automatically generate keyframes without the need to make a Timeline selection; to synchronize the instance with other instance(s) and to have all kinds of combinations where an object controls other synced object(s), but is also itself synced to other 'masters'.

Suggested use

Character animation – Lip syncing, hand gestures, turnarounds, blinks and other eye or facial expressions

Where does it work?

A single instance on Stage or a single keyframe on Timeline must be selected for the initial creation of Thumbnails. After that no selection is required. The panel works in the current frame in the current Timeline.

EDAP Tools v.4 shortcut

n/a; open SGC Panel(s) from Window menu > Other Panels (Extensions in Animate) > SGC1 (SGC2, SGC3, …, etc.)

Interactions

Ctrl-click on the Create/Refresh thumbnails button refreshes the content of the currently loaded Symbol

Known issues

Due to a bug in Flash CC and Animate CC the default Convert to Keyframes function does not retain the Smart Graphic Control (and SMR) metadata in the newly created keys.
To be able to use SGC in Flash/Animate, CC users have to switch completely to Convert To Keyframe Advanced.

Buttons, Dropdowns

Full description

SCG panel

Top:
Panel Title – can be edited and renamed from the menu at the top-right corner (Thumbnail Settings…)
Menu with various selection options:

  • Create New Panel – creates another panel which can be open simultaneously to control a different instance
  • Delete this Panel – deletes the current panel, if there are more than one
  • Delete Timeline Thumbnails… – deletes all thumbnails associated with the current Timeline

Below panel Title:
Checkbox for enabling or disabling the Auto Key function
Radio buttons to control the Looping setting at the key

Main panel area where Thumbnails appear. Clicking on a Thumbnail makes it current and affects the associated Symbol Instance on the Timeline.

Buttons at the bottom:

  • Create (or Refresh) thumbnails – a Symbol instance needs to be selected to create Thumbnails. To refresh (for example to reflect edits made after the creation of Thumbnails) Ctrl-click the button. If there is nothing loaded and no selection and the button is pressed, it will look for potential existing metadata sets to load and if such are present will pop a list to choose from.
  • Sync selected instance – requires a selected instance on Stage or key in Timeline. Allows to synchronize and control as many other elements in sync with the 'master' symbol. For example a mask that has to be synced with the eyes.
  • Roll Over current thumbnails… - a command which enables users to transfer metadata from the currently loaded set of thumbnails to any other symbol instances (range of keys) selected in Timeline.
  • Delete thumbnails button – deletes the currently loaded set permanently
  • Bookmarks – allows users to bookmark three locations for quick jumping in case if the currently loaded set is large and needs frequent scrolling down and up.

Notes

Multiple panels can be created and open at the same time

Video demonstrations


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