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Chapter 12. Working with Video > Using Movie Clips with Video Files

Using Movie Clips with Video Files

While placing a video file directly onto the Stage may be an easy way to bring a video file into a Flash movie, the best way to control video is to first place it into a movie clip, and then drag the movie clip onto the Stage. That gives you control of the clip with two Timelines: the Timeline on the Stage, and the Timeline of the movie clip.

Use Movie Clips with Video Files

1.
Click the Window menu, and then click Library to open the Library panel.

2.
Click the Insert menu, and then click New Symbol.

3.
Name the new symbol, and then click the Movie Clip option.

4.
5.
Drag a video file from the Library into the movie clip Library.

6.
Click Yes when Flash instructs you as to how many frames the video file will occupy in the movie clip.

7.
Return to the current scene by clicking the Scene button, located in the upper-left corner of the Flash window.

8.
Click the Insert Layer button, and name the new layer video_1.

9.
Select the new layer.

10.
Drag the movie clip from the Library onto the Stage.

The movie clip occupies a single frame.

11.
Click the Control menu, and then click Test Movie to view the video file as it will appear.


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