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Chapter 12. Handling the Keyboard > Creating a Film Loop

Creating a Film Loop

First of all let's discuss what exactly a film loop is, and why you might use one in your projects. A film loop is simply a discrete section of the Score, containing one or more sprites, that is turned into single cast member. That cast member can then be placed back into the Score, as a single sprite. Any animation in the original sprites will still be present in the film-loop sprite.

Originally, film loops were used to combine multiple sprites into a single sprite to save score channels. Now that there are 1000 channels available this is no longer necessary. In Director 5, however, where there were only 48 sprite channels, this technique could break that barrier.


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