Otacon's links and tutorials for N00bs - V3
First of all you need an animating program based on Flash. The main tool is called Macromedia Flash, however there are a lot of other ones that are based on Flash but are free. Before trying any of those, you should get the free 30 day trial for Macromedia Flash.
Flash MX 2004 30 day trial: http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=flash
The price for it is a little over 500$. However you can buy it for much cheaper at the following links:
http://www.amazon.com - Hehe, these guys have everything on sale. Almost always :P
If you are student, you can also get a much cheaper copy (around $190 for Studio MX) from educational websites such as:
It is understandable that you might not want to pay for it. Then you can get a free flash maker. Check out this thread posted at NG bbs about Free flash makes:
After you get the program(Flash) and install it, get started in this animated example:
For basic game ActionScripts check out step 3 here:
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/173263 - Movie clips, Motion Tween and Basic Actionscript.
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/175909 - PreLoader
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/143491 - Sprites
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/144223 - Games
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/52586 - Compression
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/80194 - Fading
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/180407 - W00t. This one is one of the best animated tuts i have seen.
Further go to these links for more tutorials and/or flash resources:
http://www.flashkit.com - One of the best Flash resource sites out there. Has everything. SoundFX/tutorials/movies/loops etc.
http://www.kirupa.com - Pretty much like flashkit
http://www.actionscript.org - All kind of actionscript stuff you can ask for
http://www.angelfire.com/in4/star_cleaver/tut.html - A Flash FAQ. Has answers to many questions N00bs have.
http://www.flashadvisor.com/ - Pretty much like flashkit
http://www.echoecho.com/flash.htm - Tutorial site. All kinds of tutorials.
http://www.ultrashock.com/ - A great site. Has tutorials + goodies/book reviews/fla source files.
http://www.sfdt.com/support/ - List of tutorials made in flash. Some examples of tutorials would be how to make special effects or make sticks.
http://www.lionbichstudios.com/flash_tutorials_01.htm - A very good Flash MX tutorial site. Has advanced stuff :)
http://www.gotoAndPlay.it/ - Tons of tutorials, and great stuff.
Free Fla files that can be used in your flash:
http://thealmightychet.250free.com/resource.htm - All kinda weapons.
http://www.ultrashock.com/ > fla sources section.
http://www.google.com << it works :P
http://www.audacity.sf.net - Free audio editor. Best out there.
http://www.stillstationed.com/...al_optimizing/optimizing0.html - Optimizing audio, video, jpg, vector, etc.
http://newgrounds.com/bbs/topic.php?id=153125 - Compressing SWF
http://www.gsarchives.net/index2.php - One of the greatest ones out there :)
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic.php?id=149949 - Sprite resource at NG bbs
http://www.gifsyndicate.com/ - For the below links, thanks to _Nexxus_
Flash 3d. Flash has absolutely no support for 3d. Yet you can mimic 3d or use a 3d program and export 3d into swf format. Here are few programs and resources you can start from:
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic.php?id=163163 - 3d out-of-the-box, n00b proof
http://www.swift3d.com - The best 3d flash editing program.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic.php?id=163163 - Programs that can be used to export swf files as screensavers.
Stopmotion & Free animation tools
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic.php?id=114332 - Thanks go to Schorhr on NG bbs :)
http://www.gotoandplay.it/_articles/2003/12/scrolling_upd.php - A fully working Optimized art-based scrolling Game Engine Free to use and learn from it :P
http://newgrounds.com/bbs/topic.php?id=66585 - Teh Leet NG bbs actionscript thread. Has over 150 pages. Full of all kinds of codes.
Now, guys you have your movie ready? Full of sounds, sprites, a preloader, good animation, drawing, maybe a game(?), some stopmotion. Of course not :P Your first movie will be crappy. We understand that. Don't submit your first movie. You might wanna upload it at NG to show it to your friends. All you need for that is a free web host. Check out the link below:
Finally, don't forget to check out these:
And lastly don't forget to use GOOGLE ( http://newgrounds.com/bbs/topic.php?id=158208 ) and also search NG bbs for basic stuff ( http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs ) :)