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Chapter 12. Interactivity with Simple Fr... > Controlling Movie Playback

Controlling Movie Playback

Some of the most basic scripting tasks involve frame actions for controlling movie playback: making your movie stop and start and jump from place to place. Of course sophisticated scripts that do complicated things (such as sending instructions that manipulate objects and gathering and reusing human input) can be at ached to frames; and scripts at ached to objects can also control movie playback and navigation. But let’s start by at aching two movie-control actions— stop and goto —to frames. These actions live in the Actions Toolbox in the Actions > Movie Control category. Both actions are easy to use, and they’ll introduce you to working with actions and parameters, as wel as viewing the playback of actions.

When you export a movie (covered in Chapter 16) as a Flash Player (.swf) file or as a stand-alone projector, the movie is set to play as soon as your audience opens it. You can override that default setting by placing a stop action in the first frame of your movie.


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