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Timeline of a graphic symbol vs. timeline of a movie clip

(no ActionScript used)

A graphic symbol can have a timeline, but it might not loop smoothly because the graphic plays only as long as the playhead is moving on the main timeline. If the main timeline only has one frame, the graphic symbol does not animate at all. If the main timeline has more than one frame, each time the main timeline loops back to its frame one, the graphic symbol's timeline is forced to loop back to IT's frame one also. By contrast, a movie clip timeline is independent of the main timeline, such that a movie clip plays smoothly from beginning to end, regardless of how many frames the main timeline has. The main timeline doesn't even have to have more than one frame -- the movie clip will still play its entire timeline.

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