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Moving and Rotating Objects in 3D Space

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In Flash, you can add 3D perspective effects (New!) to a movie clip by moving and rotating it in 3D space on the Stage. When you move or rotate a movie clip by the z axis, it becomes a 3D movie clip. Moving an object in 3D space is called translation, and rotating an object in 3D space is called transformation. Flash provides two different 3D space: global and local. Global 3D space is the Stage space, while local 3D space is the movie clip space. The default mode is global. You can move a movie clip in 3D space with the 3D Translation tool. When you do, three axes appear in the 3D object: the x axis is read, the y axis is green, and the z axis is blue. In addition, you can rotate a movie clip in 3D space with the 3D Transformation tool. When you do, you can rotate around an individual axis or use the orange free rotate control to rotate around the x and y axes at the same time. If you want to change the effect of the rotation, move the center point. When you select a 3D object, it appears with a 3D axis overlay.

Move Objects in 3D Space

  1. Click the 3D Translation tool on the Tools panel.

  2. Click the Global Transform button on the Tools panel to select it for global mode or deselect it for local mode. The default is global.

  3. Select one or more movie clip objects.

    • When you select multiple movie clips, and move one of them, the others move in the same way. Shift double-click one of the selected objects to move the axis controls to that object.
  4. Drag the arrow tips (x- and y-axis) in the direction of the arrow or the black dot (z-axis) up or down.

    • You can also move the object manually by using the Property Inspector.

Rotate Objects in 3D Space

  1. Click the 3D Rotation tool on the Tools panel.

  2. Click the Global Transform button on the Tools panel to select it for global mode or deselect it for local mode. The default is global.

  3. Select one or more movie clip objects.

    • When you select multiple movie clips, and move one of them, the others move in the same way. Shift double-click one of the selected objects to move the axis controls to that object.
  4. Drag one of the four axis controls to rotate around that axis, or the free rotate control to rotate x and y axis at the same time.
  5. To move the rotation control center point relative to the movie clip, drag the center point.

    • Double-click the center point to move it back to the center of the movie clip.
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