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From: John Croteau
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 16:12:50 +0100

Hi Patrick,

> Can someone tell me a little about the different levels of loading
> movies (e.g. level 0, level 1), and how important they are in creating
> flash movies?
Flash 3 allows you to compose Flash presentations built with different
Flash Movies (.swf files) layered into different Levels. The initial
movie has a set level 0 (zero). Additional levels can have any Level#
between 1 and 16,000. Higher levels overlay lower ones with lower Levels
seen through the empty (transparent) areas.

Movie Clips and Load Movies can perform identical tasks.
Always use Movie Clips unless Load Movie is better. Movie Clips are much
easier to implement and cause no loading headaches. Load Movies are
separate and independent .swf Movies that download independent of the
main movie. This can cause problems because it isn't easy to determine
if a required point in a Movie loaded with Load Movie is available when
called by Tell Targets.

Use Load Movie if the 'Movie segment' is used across more than 1 Scene.
Use Load Movie if options are large and not in a predictable sequence
and random-access loading of individual components would be

Use the Park method to preload Load Movies especially if they don't
stream well. In the Park Method you load a Load Movie that has a Stop
Action often in the first frame (Park) that is an empty Blank Keyframe
and the action in that Movie doesn't start until a Tell Target is sent
to it.

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