June 26, 2001 - Rotating a Flash Movie | WebReference

June 26, 2001 - Rotating a Flash Movie

Yehuda Shiran June 26, 2001
Rotating a Flash Movie
Tips: June 2001

Yehuda Shiran, Ph.D.
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In some of your applications you may need to use Flash movies and JavaScript directly, without any prepackaged APIs such as FlashSound JavaScript API. You will enjoy more features, methods, and properties, but you'll have to take care of all the tiny details that are taken for granted when using FlashSound API, for example.

One of the "tiny" details is embedding the Flash object. The JavaScript file flashcheck2.js does exactly this, as well as other stuff. For example, it checks whether a Flash player exists (Flash plug-in or ActiveX control), and whether its version is higher than the minimum required by the application.

Use the TSetProperty() Flash method to set attributes of the Flash movie. One of the properties is ROTATION. You may both set and get this property. The ROTATION property designates the clockwise rotation angle. You can set and get Flash properties by their sequence numbers. You get a property like this:

  mySwf.TGetProperty(timeline, propertyNumber);
And you set it as follows:

  mySwf.TSetProperty(timeline, propertyNumber, value)
The ROTATION property is no. 10, so you get its value by going:

  mySwf.TGetProperty(timeline, 10);
And you set it in a similar way:

  mySwf.TSetProperty(timeline, 10, value);
Play the following movie by clicking the Play link. Get the ROTATION of the movie by clicking the Get ROTATION link. Rotate the movie frame by 28 degrees clockwise by clicking the Set ROTATION link:

Rewind | Play | Get ROTATION | Set ROTATION

Here is the source code:

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript" SRC="flashcheck2.js"></SCRIPT>
<A href="javascript://" onclick="javascript:mySwf2.Rewind(); return false">Rewind</A> | 
<A href="javascript://" onclick="javascript:mySwf2.Play(); return false">Play</A> | 
<A href="javascript://" onclick="javascript:alert(mySwf2.TGetProperty('/', 10)); return false">Get ROTATION</A> | 
<A href="javascript://" onclick="javascript:mySwf2.TSetProperty('/', 10, 28); return false">Set ROTATION</A>
  var mySwf2 = Flash_embedSWF("opener.swf", "opener");