A feature that adds considerably to the versatility of Flash is its ability to load and control movie clips already built as swf files. In this short tutorial, we will demonstrate the basics for loading and controlling simple movie clips saved as independently built swf files. In addition, we will show how similar control of Flash video fils (flv) can be handled directly in ActionScript 3. We end with a simple educational application that illustrates why this feature is valuable for the flexible design of learning objects.
All of the necessary files for the four pages of this tutorial are linked with the individual activities. To get all of the files at once, download the zip file above and extract the files to a convenient place on your computer.
To learn about how to customize controls of Flash video within the Flash IDE itself, we recommend the video tutorial Creating a video application with components from the Adobe website. The complete Adobe CS3 Video Workshop is located at http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/video_workshop/.