IN THIS CHAPTER
Working with Movie Clips
Using targets and paths
Exploring absolute and relative paths
Using dot syntax
Controlling animated sequences with ActionScript
Unlike most multimedia authoring applications, Flash has the capability to use multiple simultaneous timelines in its movies. So far, most of the examples in this book have only one timeline. You've seen how to add basic actions to your movies to make them interactive. Now you begin exploring the world of multiple movie timelines by using the Movie Clip symbol.
A powerful piece to the Flash movie format is the Movie Clip symbol, introduced in Flash Player 3. Movie Clips enable Flash developers to create complex behaviors by nesting self-contained sequences of animation or interactivity inside each other. These sequences can then be placed as discrete, self-playing modules on the Main Timeline (that is, Scene 1). Initially, the key to the power of Movie Clips was their capability to communicate with and control each other via the