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Subject: Re: FLASH: Slide show
From: Michael Dunn
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 22:18:36 GMT


Michael Dunn
The Merica Agency
>From: "Marc Hoffman, Poison Dart Frog Media" <mailatdartfrogmedia [dot] com>

> 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

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