Do you have the outline mode set for the movieclip layers?
Thanks for the response. No, the movie clip layers are set to full preview mode. I can see the animation when I'm in the movie clip layers.
Is the first frame of you movie clip empty or are the items within the first frame visible?
The item in the first frame has an alpha setting of 0 because I'm fading in, so that by the 30th frame it is at 100%. So, there is an item in the first frame, but it isn't visible at first because of it's alpha setting, but if I click on outline mode, I can see that the item is there.
At this point I'm confused as to when you can and can't see things where, and what those things are.
Can you take a screenshot that depicts your issue or maybe make the file available for a look-see?
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If you change the alpha setting to something other than zero, can you see it then?
Hi, yes I can see the movie clips on the screen if I set the alpha to other than zero. But, then I can't actually see the fade in on the timeline. I know this is confusing, so maybe this explains it better:
1. If I double click on the movie clips in the library, I can see everything that is on the layers, fade ins, etc. on the stage.
2. If I go back to scene 1, then place the movie clips on the main stage, I cannot see anything on the stage, but:
3. When I export the movie to an .swf, I can see the movie clips there.
4. If I go back into the movie clip layers and change the alpha of the first frame to a percentage other than zero, I can then see the clips on the main stage and timeline, except:
5. I can't see any change in the alpha as the timeline progresses, which is what is actually happening inside the movie clips.
The best way to illustrate this would be to send the .fla file, but I see that you can't post these, which is strange since this is a flash forum. So, I've attached some screen shots to see if that helps and an swf for an idea of what I should be able to see on the main timeline.
I was only suggesting to set the alpha to something other than zero just to make sure that it was on the stage.
It would appear that nothing is out of the ordinary, I would expect the movie clip to be invisible on the stage if you have the alpha set to zero. I would also expect it to be normal, to have to use the outlines to be able to see where your movie clip is, since the items inside of it are invisible. Unless there is another issue, I'm not sure there is anything wrong.
Okay, thanks. But, the objects in the clips aren't invisible the whole time, only for some of the frames. But, I can't see the frames that are visible in the main timeline. Is this just the way flash treats movie clips on the main timeline?
yeah, each movie clip has its own timeline, so when you're on the main stage, that is the only timeline you see. Just double click the movie clip and it will open the instance in its own timeline.