Frames To Movieclips

In Animate 2019 and newer this command is hidden by default. To enable it, go to Commands > EDAPT Control Panel > Manage Commands… and give it a check mark. After a restart it will appear in the menu.


Nests a block of frames inside a Graphic Symbol container (to preserve it) and then converts the container to a sequence of single-frame Movie Clips.

Suggested use

Filters such as Blur, Glow, Image adjustments, etc. are only available for Movie Clips. The only way to apply a filter to animation but also keep it 'exportable' as a PNG sequence or MOV is to convert each frame of this animation to a Movie Clip.

Frames To Movieclips automates the process in the most non-destructive way possible, preserving the original selection inside a Graphic Symbol container and converting these frames to Movie Clips. In this way the original animation can still be polished and re-timed internally after the effects have been applied.

Flash 8 – CS6 only: The command adds invisible markers* that define the bounds of motion inside the container to prevent clipping – another specific problem with Flash filters.

Where does it work?

Timeline, block selection of frames

EDAP Tools shortcut



* Flash 8 – CS6 only: The invisible markers may need to be manually adjusted if users tweak their animation inside the container after the frames have been converted to Movie Clips.

Important! Depending on the complexity of your selection this command might take up to a few minutes to complete your request. If Flash pops up message(s) asking you if you'd like the command to continue working, just press 'Yes' as many times as necessary.

Video demonstration

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This command is part of the Flanimate Power Tools package. Get the latest version from Downloads.

thank you

I download this for Animate 2021

i have all the edap tools options in command except frame to movie clip option 

any ideas ?

Yes, since the introduction of the so called Advanced Layers in Animate 2019, by default some of the commands are hidden in those Animate versions, which support filters natively.

You can show the hidden commands easily: Just go to Commands > EDAPT Control Panel > Manage Commands… and give them a check mark.

(Added a note above to avoid such confusion in the future.)

Nice one, thanks Nick!

this will literally save me hours of work!


Good luck with your projects, mate!

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