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Chapter 1. Introducing Flash 5 > Scenes and Movie Clips

Scenes and Movie Clips

So how do you decide whether to use scenes, movie clips, or separate movies to organize your content? You start with this thought: scenes are convenient. Everything is available inside of one Flash movie. However, there are some issues you need to be aware of if you plan to use scenes. Having a large movie organized by breaking it up into scenes still means you have one large movie—and that means increased download time. In addition, scenes reset any variables that you might be using to pass information. Scenes also reset any sounds.

Breaking up a large movie into separate movie clips doesn’t solve the file size problem, but it does make your work more modular and reusable. Also, movie clips are considered objects in Flash 5 (don’t worry, objects are discussed in detail in Chapter 14). You’ll find that you have a tremendous amount of control over movie clips using ActionScript.


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