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Bizarre issue with loading FLV files in Flash carousel
FLV files, XML, Flash carousel

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Msg#: 3640227 posted 9:14 am on May 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've managed to get a Flash spinning-carousel system working with images referenced in an external XML file (using the tutorials at Go to and Learn dot com). However I now need to replace the images with FLV (Flash video) files whose preview frame will show on the carousel, and which will play when clicked on.

The ActionScript used within the Flash file is:

import mx.utils.Delegate;

var numOfItems:Number;
var radiusX:Number = 300;
var radiusY:Number = 30;
var centerX:Number = Stage.width / 2;
var centerY:Number = Stage.height / 2;
var speed:Number = 0.03;
var perspective:Number = 250;
var home:MovieClip = this;

var tooltip:MovieClip = this.attachMovie("tooltip","tooltip",10000);
tooltip._alpha = 0;

var xml:XML = new XML();
xml.ignoreWhite = true;

xml.onLoad = function()
var nodes = this.firstChild.childNodes;
numOfItems = nodes.length;
for(var i=0;i<numOfItems;i++)
var t = home.attachMovie("item","item"+i,i+1);
t.angle = i * ((Math.PI*2)/numOfItems);
t.onEnterFrame = mover;
t.toolText = nodes[i].attributes.tooltip;
t.icon.onRollOver = over;
t.icon.onRollOut = out;
t.icon.onRelease = released;

function over()
home.tooltip.tipText.text = this._parent.toolText;
home.tooltip._x = this._parent._x;
home.tooltip._y = this._parent._y - this._parent._height/2;
home.tooltip.onEnterFrame = Delegate.create(this,moveTip);
home.tooltip._alpha = 100;

function out()
delete home.tooltip.onEnterFrame;
home.tooltip._alpha = 0;

function released()

function moveTip()
home.tooltip._x = this._parent._x;
home.tooltip._y = this._parent._y - this._parent._height/2;


function mover()
this._x = Math.cos(this.angle) * radiusX + centerX;
this._y = Math.sin(this.angle) * radiusY + centerY;
var s = (this._y - perspective) /(centerY+radiusY-perspective);
this._xscale = this._yscale = s*100;
this.angle += this._parent.speed;
this.swapDepths(Math.round(this._xscale) + 100);

this.onMouseMove = function()
speed = (this._xmouse-centerX)/4500;

The XML file is this:


<icon image="icon1.png" tooltip="Customer 1" />

<icon image="icon2.png" tooltip="Customer 2" />

<icon image="icon3.png" tooltip="Customer 3" />

<icon image="icon4.png" tooltip="Customer 4" />


I tried changing the ActionScript code as follows (I actually need to have FLV files playing within the carousel items)

1. Replaced reference "image" with "video"


2. Changed the XML file so I now have "video.xml" with the following code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>

<icon video="video01.flv" tooltip="Customer 1" />

<icon video="video02.flv" tooltip="Customer 2" />

<icon video="video03.flv" tooltip="Customer 3" />


However the SWF of the carousel now doesn't appear to load the videos (or show them, anyway), and trace() doesn't show up anything AFAICT.

Interestingly the objects do load- I can see their outlines if I do "Show redraw regions" within the SWF at runtime.

Is there a problem with displaying FLV files in this way? These appear to load as objects but will not display on the carousel…


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