effects all around help! adobe/flash/transitions! ahh help!

hey guys...

i was wondering, on the transitions....like all the motion ones and stuff....when they transition, ur picture will go out and stuff but the rest of it is black, is tehre a way to make the black non sence be the next video clip? so it acts like a transition?

and now for flash....

i have seen some awsome flash intros and stuff in videos....but how come i cnat do more then the BASIC flash....! i cant do anything special, ex. how do u make a lighting effect like stroll across the text and stuff...

i can make the text move and crap. the "basics"
but where do i learn to make actual good effects? my friend told me u have to know like a language...ex. Html,c++ ...what language would i have to learn to good flash effects?


reply this with awnser or if u need me to explain it better
thanks!