use graphic symbols.
Thanks for the reply! Do you know if Movie Clips can be successfully changed into Graphic Symbols? I tried to do this in a "Properties" dialog box, but was unsuccessful.
trying to convert anything in flash the quick way is problematic. i recommend copying the frames/layers of your movieclip, create a new graphic symbol and paste the frame/layers into the graphic's timeline.
you cannot change a movie clip into a symbol, it will be converted into a still image.
Yep, copy frames, paste into a "Graphic" symbol, replace the movie clip symbols everywhere in your file.
I have 5 movie clip symbols in my file. 1 of them is duplicated and put onto motion paths. When I "test"ed it previews correctly with all the symbols animated, which is why I continued making what I didn't know was a mistake until it will now take a long time to fix. When I export a SWF or publish with any combination of settings, the duplicated symbols on motion paths do not animate, they just move on the paths. So "test" evidently is an inaccurate representation of what actually gets published ... rubbish.
Then after much searching I've found some people saying they need to be Graphic symbols if they're on motion paths for some reason. This bug isn't well documented, when you look up how to to create nested animations (Creating Nested Animations > Animating Symbols in Adobe Flash Professional CC (2014 release It described creating a movie clip. So if we actually moved the waving alien in the main timeline it would break the waving animation and we wouldn't know until we try to publish?
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Movieclips(MC) will only play in swf renders. If they're meant to be exported for any output (like png, gif, etc) they will only render the first frame. If you're using any version earler than Flash CC, you can change a movie clip into a graphic without copy-paste.
The reason why it seems and doesn't seem to work for most people is because they change it in only the library, or only properties tab. To have it work properly, it has to be changed in BOTH the library and properties tab. If you don't do this, it will appear to work and not-work. If animation in an MC stays still in a part of your non-swf exports, it's because you didn't change it in the properties tab for that particular keyframe. So if you know that you use your MC in multiple places, it's best to hunt them down and change it in the Properties tab.
***TL;DR:*** You can change the symbol type but it has to be done on both the keyframe it's in (select the MC change the type in the properties tab) AND the Library (right click the symbol, find symbol type, change it to Graphic)
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