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Chapter 14. Using ActionScript Behaviors > Using the Load External Movieclip Be...

Using the Load External Movieclip Behavior

The Load External Movie Clip Behavior gives you the ability to load external .swf files into the active Flash movie. The most efficient way to utilize this behavior is to create a blank or placeholder movie clip in the active document. The placeholder movie clip is empty and is used to load and position the external movie clip. The ability to load external movie clips lets you create small Flash movies because the movie clips are only loaded when needed. In addition, as a designer, it lets you create modular elements, almost like actors in a movie, and lets you load them when needed, and remove them when they’re no longer needed. For example, you could create a button object and use the Load External Movie Clip Behavior to load a specific Flash movie, or you could place the behavior directly on the Timeline, and load (or unload) movie clips based on the playback of the movie. To utilize this behavior, you will need one or more external Flash movie files (.swf), and a Flash movie to hold the movie clips as they are called. In addition, you’ll need one or more button objects (if you’re planning on letting the user control the action), and a blank movie clip to hold the external clips.

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