I would like to duplicate sourceClip_mc not as a sibling of
sourceClip_mc , but as a child so that I can use for example
sourceClip_mc._alpha = 50 to change the transparency of the source
MC and all its duplicates. It appears that there's no simple way to
do this but I'm probably wrong! Can anyone enlighten me?
You need to use the attachMovie(). This function pulls an
instance of a symbol from the library. Depending on how it is
referenced it can nest movieclips into one another like below. You
must have the linkage correct for this to work. You can change this
by right clicking on the symbol. This example uses “source
Thanks. I knew attachMovie() would nest clips but discounted
it through some muddled thinking that it needed an extra clip in
the library. But as you show it only needs the source clip with
appropriate export settings.