Using Flash Professional CS5. Publishing to Flash Player 9 and ActionScript 3. I've also tried publishing to Flash Player 8 and 10. My movie is made up of multiple short scenes and has minimal animation. It is about 12 minutes long and once published and played it stops in a scene about 2 minutes from the end for no apparent reason. There are no script in the entire movie except a stop(); at the end. There are scenes with far more animation than the one that it stops at. It stops there both when I play the swf on my local computer and when I publish it online, so it's not a buffering problem. It happens on two different computers. I have FlashPlayer 10 installed. I have deleted all the scenes except the audo on the scene that it stops on, and it still freezes. I have deleted the audio and left the rest and it still freezes. I am on the trial of Flash; does it limit the length of movies?
If I delete the offending scene the movie goes on to another scene and then stops at a different location. I can't think of any logical way to solve this problem. I can't delete and rebuild the scene because the problem just remanifests. This project is supposed to be done!
Does the animation have more than 16000 frames in it? If so, it's likely to be the cause of the freeze. (And if it does at 2 minutes, may I ask are you making the animation at 120 fps? That's a bit too high...)
To solve that problem, can you break your movie into parts? You can, for example, break it into 10 parts each having about a minute, and load the next movie at the end of each part.
To load movies with AS3, see:
Yes, I'm pretty sure I hit the 16000 frame limit. It was stopping at about 8:50, @ 30 fps. I was going to try to retime the whole thing for 20 fps, but I think I'll try to link two movies together like you suggested instead. Thanks.
Oh, I misread the 2 minutes thing. But yeah, the frame limit is probably the reason.
For more about Flash and the limit of 16000, see this: http://helpx.adobe.com/flash/kb/flash-movie-size-limit-flash.html
The canvas size limit will be lifted to 8192*8192 in Flash CS6; I don't know if other limitations will change.