Tempolates™         v.1-0(0)

Installation and Usage


Tempolates calculates frame rate to tempo to give you a visual, musical breakdown of measures, beats, and notes. Use this to improve timing of animation and motion graphics.



Step 1.
After downloading “tempolates--1-0(0).zip”, extract the contents to somewhere local.

Step 2.
Inside the folder named “tempolates” are four files. Copy them to the following location.

For PC:
[ Boot Drive ]\Documents and Settings\[ User Name ]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\[ Version of Flash ]\en\Configuration\Commands\

For Mac:
Macintosh HD/Users/[ User Name ]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/[ Version of Flash ]/en/Configuration/Commands/

( Note: You may need to set your operating system to show hidden files and folders. )

Step 3.
Launch Flash. If it is already running, restart it. Under the Commands menu, you should see two new commands: “tempolates-ae” and “tempolates-fl”.

If you see these new commands, then installation is complete.

Using Tempolates FL™

Step 1.
Choose the frame rate you want to publish at.

Step 2.
If you know the music/audio you are using with your animation, then great; note its tempo. Otherwise, choose a tempo in line with your creative. ( Common tempos usually span from the 80 to 120 range. )

Step 3.
Launch Flash and create a new fla. Set the fla to your desired frame rate.

Step 4.
Go to Commands -> tempolates-fl. Enter your frame rate and tempo.

Step 5.
Let Tempolates do its thing. Should take only a few seconds, about 10-20 seconds depending on your system. When you see the rate-to-tempo breakdown printed to your output window, you know Tempolates is complete.

Step 6.
Now, you will find on the timeline a new Layer Folder containing tempolates. Each layer inside this folder marks the count of a particular note value or measure interval. Eg. 4 Measures, Whole Notes, Half Notes, Quarter Notes, and so on.

The name of the layer folder has your frame rate (FPS) and tempo (BPM). This helps for keeping document of your rate to tempo.

Keyframes in each layer denote a unit of time. Use these marks as cue points to animate by.

Step 7.
To include Tempolates in any other movie clips, do as follows.
Select the Tempolates layer folder. When the folder is selected, the frames across the entire timeline should be highlighted. Right click over frame 1 and Copy Frames. Now simply Paste Frames onto a layer inside any other movie clip.

Using Tempolates AE™

Tempolates AE is used for the same function as Tempolates FL, although its target application is for Adobe After Effects. Tempolates AE takes the cue points of the keyframes and draws a bar type representation of them onto the stage.

Step 1.
In general, follow the same steps as Tempolates FL. Under the Commands menu though, choose “tempolates-ae”.

Note: The bars drawn on the stage are the color of your paint bucket’s fill color at the time of running Tempolates AE. ( Meaning, you’ll probably want your fill color to be different than your background color. )

Again, when you see the reading in the output window, you will know Tempolates is complete.

Step 2.
Once complete, simply publish your swf.

Step 3.
In After Effects, create a comp with the same frame rate as your swf.

Step 4.
Import your swf into After Effects and place it in your comp. When you play or scrub the timeline, you will see the ticker bars pulsing from the top left of your swf.

Step 5.
The vertical length of each mark represents the unit of time. Longer the mark, larger the time.