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Learning ActionScript 2.0 for Macromedia® Flash® 8 by Peter deHaan, Jen deHaan

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Chapter 11. Working with Movie Clips

Movie clips are like self-contained SWF files that run independently of each other and the timeline that contains them. For example, if the main timeline has only one frame and a movie clip in that frame has ten frames, each frame in the movie clip plays when you play the main SWF file. A movie clip can, in turn, contain other movie clips, or nested clips. Movie clips nested in this way have a hierarchical relationship, where the parent clip contains one or more child clips.

You can name movie clip instances to uniquely identify them as objects that can be controlled with ActionScript. When you give a movie clip instance an instance name, the instance name identifies it as an object of the MovieClip class type. ...

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