Saturday, February 20, 2010

Valentine's Day

A Valentine's Day e-card. It's personalized, but you might like it anyways. It has music.



Originally 1280x720. Made it last week but it was a rather convoluted path to embed the swf. It took more time to get the embedding to work right than to animate and paint it. For those interested, I'll post the how-to in the comments.

14 comments:

ben said...

For those interested in the technical how-to for embedding swfs:

1) Upload the swf file on your own server or a free file hosting site. Make sure the hosting site allows direct linking to the swf file itself, not just an html page. Direct linking is needed for embedding.

2) In your Blogger post, go to edit html view. Copy and paste this code, replacing the src weblink with your own.
<99embed src="http://www.yourwebsite.com/yourfilename.swf" quality="high" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" align="middle" height="225" width="400"> <99/embed>
Remove the 99's. That's just there so the code is visible in this comment.

Seems simple? It is. The only tricky part is finding a hosting site that allows embedding. Lots of sites say that they do, but they actually don't. I used FileDen.com. Allows direct linking and is very easy to use, but lots of annoying ads and promo surveys to have to click "skip" to before you can upload. If you don't like that, you may have to use trial and error to find a free host that allows direct linking.

Hope this helps.

Garrett Hanna said...

I won't lie... I expected the balloon to pop at the end of the song and the elephant to fall.

That was nice though. Funny too!

vivian lai said...

haha same! i thought it would pop at the end too!

haha its so cute ben!
and u used you guy's song! (right?)
lols

are you a brown elephant :o

Andrew Manzanares said...
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Andrew Manzanares said...

aww thats really cute, Ben! haha. made me all warm and fuzzy inside. =)

Unlike Garrett and Vivian, i didn't expect the balloon to pop.....I actually expected an airplane or something to fly by and THEN pop the balloon. =P

trevor dalmer said...

i love this ben ! i wish i thought of it (and could do it) first :) u guys are a really cute couple.

El Solo said...

cute card Ben :D

Alex Chechik said...

Fantastic, Ben! Great colours and tempo.

ben said...

thanks everyone!

garrett, vivian, andrew - I know, it's sort of setup so you'd expect something like that to happen, but since it might be a metaphor for our relationship, we shouldn't have any popping and falling, can we?

viv - nope, i'm not a brown elephant, and there's actually no hidden meaning this time. I just thought it would be cute to have a balloon lift an elephant. i have no idea why it's brown. mud? a tan? :P

dalmer - thanks! you and star are a really beautiful couple! saw your wedding photos on andrea's photo thing, very cool!

el - thanks! we should all hang out more.

chechik - thanks for the compliments! hope you had a good vacation, you'll have to tell me about it over sketching.

ben said...

thanks everyone!

garrett, vivian, andrew - I know, it's sort of setup so you'd expect something like that to happen, but since it might be a metaphor for our relationship, we shouldn't have any popping and falling, can we?

viv - nope, i'm not a brown elephant, and there's actually no hidden meaning this time. I just thought it would be cute to have a balloon lift an elephant. i have no idea why it's brown. mud? a tan? :P

dalmer - thanks! you and star are a really beautiful couple! saw your wedding photos on andrea's photo thing, very cool!

el - thanks! we should all hang out more.

chechik - thanks for the compliments! hope you had a good vacation, you'll have to tell me about it over sketching.

Mena Nunes said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing. Mena
PS. Check my blog mena-art.blogspot.com I'd like to get comments to improve. :)

Super Villain said...

awsome animation, and much needed flash info, thanks!

Jackie said...

I remember when you showed this to me in Feb :) Any chance I could get a shot of the background & Elephant? it'd make a lovely wallpaper. one with and one without the elephant if you don't mind. Nice song choice too, BenBen.

Aria said...

this music is with movie breakfast at Tiffany's. Audrey Hepburn then it sang. :D I love this movie <3