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Subject: Re: FLASH: Slide show
From: Marc Hoffman, Poison Dart Frog Media
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 21:58:48 GMT

At 12:22 PM 2/23/00 , you wrote:

>This seems confusing. By using LoadMovie, you're only loading one image at a
>time (say 24k) so there is a slight lag. But if you load the whole thing
>as one
>MC with 10 images, that's 240k, a substantial wait. If it's going to be
>sequential, couldn't one load in the background (visibility set to false) so
>that while you're looking at image 1, image 2 is loading. When you click it
>would actually change the visibility to true.If you click to go to image 2
>before it's done, there might be a preloader sequence or something. Seems this
>would be the most seamless way of doing it. Is it possible to do this with

Flash is a streaming medium. This is important to understand. Flash starts
playing right away, and keeps playing as long as the bandwidth can keep up
with the demand for content. There is no reason to preload an entire movie;
that's the whole point of streaming. You can use FramesLoaded of If Frame
Is Loaded to test whether enough of the movie has loaded to proceed from
one frame to another. That's how you would typically hold back a user until
the content is loaded. You need to anticipate whether the stream will keep
up with an eager user; if not, you can hold them back (for example, not
make the "next" button available) until the content they're about to
request is actually present.

Using LoadMovie means nothing will load until the command is sent to load
it. Then the user's browser must establish contact with the server (a few
seconds at best) and load the new movie. A single movie, on the other hand,
just keeps loading frame after frame, as fast as it can, until everything
is loaded.

Marc Hoffman

Poison Dart Frog Media: Specializing in Flash Animation and Digital Audio
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