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Part III: Navigating Timelines and Commu... > Controlling Multiple Timelines

Chapter 5. Controlling Multiple Timelines

To create interactivity and direct your users to see, hear, and do exactly what you want, you have to know how to control the Flash playhead on different Timelines. The playhead displays what is on the Stage at any time, plays back any sound, and triggers any actions attached to the Timeline. Jumping from frame to frame on the main movie Timeline is simple enough; you use basic actions you should be familiar with, such as gotoAndPlay, gotoAndStop, play, and stop. But when you bring movie clips into your movie, you introduce other independent Timelines that can be controlled individually. Your main Timeline can control a movie clip’s Timeline; a movie clip’s Timeline can, in turn, control the main Timeline. You can even have the Timeline of one movie clip control the Timeline of another. Handling this complex interaction and navigation between Timelines is the subject of this chapter.


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