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Hour 12. Animating Using Movie Clip and ... > Subtleties of Movie Clips

Subtleties of Movie Clips

We've already discussed the biggest difference between Movie Clips and Graphic symbols—a Movie Clip's Timeline is independent. Obviously there's more. Movie Clips are addressable, in that you can use ActionScript to direct messages to individual instances of a Movie Clip, such as a Stop command. Also, Movie Clips are usually smaller than Graphic symbols, in that file size is minimized.

Addressable Movie Clip Instances

Remember that the Properties panel provides a place to name a Movie Clip instance (see Figure 12.4). What's the point of naming an instance if the symbol already has a name in the Library? It provides a way to name each instance onstage with a unique name. Only then can we address individual Movie Clips. Think about how you address a person. You first say his name, then you tell him what you want. If you want him to stop, you say “Joe, stop.” This is the concept of addressing, which we'll cover more in Hour 14.


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