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I have no io idea what VB is.
After Effects is a compositing system, it's not a movie player.
Sorry, Visual basic. I can use an exported swf file in visual basic and control when it starts, go to certain frames etc. The only problem I have is stopping the animation at a certain frame, so I was hoping there was a way that I could do this in After effects rather than programming in visual basic. The animation is very simple, 300 frames with a key frame an intervals of 30 frames at which point I want the animation to stop. I can then start this again via visual basic when I choose.
Erm, why do you wanna hack it at the player level? This screams "do me in Flash, please" all over the place. Export a PNG sequence from AE, import into Flash, do al lthe scripting inside the SWF (including provision for external triggers). You cannot do anything in AE. Expressions are merely an internal means of animation and do not embed in SWF or whatever otehr format.
The only thing that I know that you could do would be to add markers and then call them in Flash. No way to "program" video playback behavior inside AE.