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Using Movie Clip Symbols

Movie clip symbols operate independently on the main Timeline. When you want an animation to loop on a single frame in the Timeline, you can store this animation in the Timeline of a movie clip that will sit on this frame. Movie clip instances can have actions applied to them and can be controlled from anywhere in the Flash movie through ActionScript. They can contain animations, interactive controls, sounds, and even other movie clips. Unlike graphic symbols, you can only see the first frame of the movie clip in the main Timeline. Export your movie to see the movie clip play.

Create and View Movie Clips Symbols

Click the Insert menu, and click New Symbol.

Click the Movie Clip option.

Click OK.

Add your content to the Movie Clip Timeline.

Return to the main Timeline by clicking the Back button or the Scene name on the Edit bar.

Drag the movie clip symbol you just created to the Stage from the Library.

Click the Control menu, and then click Test Movie to test the movie clip symbol by exporting the movie.

TIMESAVER Press +Return (Mac) or Ctrl+Enter (Win) to quickly test your movie.


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