Basic Preloader Don’t use a Preloader unless you’re sure your movie needs to be preloaded. Usually movies around 15-20k would not need one. So check the file size before Open the main movie you want to preload in Flash. Write down the last frame number that’s on the last scene of the movie. You’ll need this later. Mine is Frame 18. Now make a new Scene by going to Insert>Scene. Name this new Scene "Preloader" by going to Modify>Scene. Now go to Window>Inspectors>Scene. Drag the Preloader Scene above the Main Scene. Click on the small x to close the window. Now we will make the loading movie: On the Preloader Scene, choose the Text Tool and click in the movie area. Type the word "Loading". Click outside of the movie area to deselect when finished. Right click on Frame 10 (Mac: Ctrl-Click) and choose Insert Keyframe. Good, now Right Click on frame 5 and do the same. Now press the Delete key so you erase the text from that Keyframe. By deleting the text on Frame 5, we have created a blinking effect. The word "loading" will blink until movie is loaded. See step 6. To preview this preload scene, go to Control>Loop Playback. Now press the Enter key to play the movie. Note: You can do any loading effect you like in between frame 1 and frame 10, it’s up to you. Double click on Frame 1. Select the Actions tab. Click on the + button. Select If Frame Is Loaded. Now where it says Scene:, Choose the last scene of your movie. If you only have one scene like me, then choose that one. Make sure you don’t select the Preloader Scene :) Where it says Frame:, enter that number you wrote down. Don’t press Ok yet--Move to the next step. Click on the + button and select Go to. Where it says Scene:, choose <next scene>. Click on the + button and choose Play. Click the OK button. Double click frame 10. Click on the + button. Select Go To. Where it says Scene:, select <current scene>. Where it says Frame:. Enter 1. Check the box that says Control. Click the OK button. How to Test Movie 1. Go to Control>Test Movie. 2. Go to Show>Streaming. View Mark's Movie Author: Mark Monciardini. From the website: www.designsbymark.com © Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001. Mark Monciardini All Rights Reserved.
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