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The Movie Clip

The movie clip symbol is by far the most important symbol in Flash. When we get into advanced ActionScript, we'll refer to the movie clip as an object. For now, we'll review the differences between a movie clip and a graphic symbol. For starters, ActionScript can be placed on a movie clip, as well as in a movie clip.

You create a movie clip symbol the same way you create a graphic or button symbol. To create one from scratch, you simply choose Insert, New Symbol. In the Create New Symbol dialog box, select Movie Clip for the behavior. Of course, if you have some artwork already drawn on the stage, you can convert it to a movie clip symbol. When you've created a new movie clip symbol, you'll be placed in movie clip symbol editing mode. The crosshair in the center of the stage indicates the center of the symbol.


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