Corel R.A.V.E. is an animation program bundled with the CorelDRAW graphics suite. R.A.V.E., which stands for Real Animated Vector Effects, is especially useful for users who are looking to create Flash animations, as R.A.V.E. allows you to export your animations as SWF files, without having to use a second conversion program.
As an introduction to the software, you can learn how to make a simple animation of a line of text entering from the top of the screen, pausing in the centre of the screen, and then disappearing.
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Run Corel R.A.V.E. Open the "File" menu at the top of the window and click "New." This will create a new project.
Open the "Movie" menu at the top of the screen. Click "Movie Setup." From the movie set-up dialogue box, you can set various options, such as the size of your stage, resolution and the frame rate limit. For the sake of this example, we will keep the stage size at its default, 500 by 500 pixels.
Create the object that you would like to animate. For the sake of our example, we will be creating a text object. Click the text icon on the left side of the screen. The icon is shaped like the letter "A." Click anywhere on the stage to open the text tool, and type the phrase "My first animation."
Click the pointer icon on the left side of the screen. The icon is shaped like a black mouse cursor. Click on the text object you just created to select it. Move the text object, "My first animation," to the grey area above the top edge of the stage. When the text is outside the white stage area, it won't show up in your animation.
Select the black dot next to your object's name in the timeline. The timeline can be found in the Timeline window at the bottom of the screen. Drag the black dot, which represents the text object's lifespan, to 50 frames. This will also extend lifespan of the text to 50 frames, and will also extend the length of your animation to 50 frames.
Select frame 25 in the timeline. Open the "Movie" menu and click "Insert keyframe." This keyframe marks the end point of the text object's movement.
Select the text object and drag it from above the top edge of the stage to the centre of the stage. Corel R.A.V.E will automatically create a tween, which will smoothly animate the text's path from frame 1 to frame 25. Remember that the text will follow the path that you dragged it along.
Select frame 45 in the timeline. Select the text object and move it back off the stage. This will remove the text from frames 45 through 50, causing the text to disappear from your animation.
Tips and warnings
- If you are unhappy with the frame rate, you can increase or decrease it in the Movie Setup window. The default frame rate in R.A.V.E. is 12.
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