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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 Clip symbols 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 Clip instances download in a different manner than Graphic instances.

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 give each instance on the Stage a unique name. Only then can you address individual movie clips. Think about how you address a person. You first say his name, and 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 talk about more in Hour 15.


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