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Editing a Symbol or Movie Clip - Can I make the editing window bigger?

Posted on 2003-12-09
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OK PEOPLE - 4 EXPERTS ARE BAFFLED BY THIS - AND I AM STUCK - PLEASE HELP
THIS IS NOTHING TO DO WITH ZOOMING OR "SHOW ALL" OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT - PLEASE READ

imagine my doc starts at 0 and goes all the way to 800 on the ruler - becuase my movie is 800 x 600

BUT in the SE MODE editting window (say i double click on a movie clip to edit it) the editable area is -720 to +720  so some of my stuff has to go over the edge to display properly in the final movie.

Obviously i got to sort that out.  any ideas?

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this should explain it even better, check out the three images

THIS is how the final movie should look when published
http://www.djvolatile.com/temp/image3.jpg

THIS is how the main stage looks
http://www.djvolatile.com/temp/image1.jpg

THIS is the editing window im having problems with
http://www.djvolatile.com/temp/image2.jpg

look at the rulers to see exactly what im talking about, cos this is beggining to stress me out.

If you wish to see a early version of my fla that behaves this way. Its at
http://www.djvolatile.com/temp/main.fla
The items causing me grief are in the library for example BIO – V GALLERY – HOME – EVENTS – VOLATILE etc etc


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I see that problem, and think there's no solution. You can change the canvas size, but not the working area size (that editing window size).
Usually, when I have got a problem like that, I:

• set the movie at the biggest possible size (2880, 2880)
• set a couple of guidelines to defines the true size
• create a guide layer where I edit movieclips (so they do not get exported), positioning them at coordinates 0,0
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but they are just guides right? i will still not be able to edit the movie clip properly without dragging it over a bit and pushing it back, is that right?
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no. if you drag a movieclip to the stage, and then double click it, you will be able to edit it in it's entire width. just try: http://www.negatyve.com/EE/main.zip
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negatyve.  whats the difference in your fla to mine?  i cant see it
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oh i see.  if i import the movie clip into the "guide" layer, i can do as much as i want to it and it never gets displayed?  but it will save the changes?
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>oh i see.  if i import the movie clip into the "guide" layer, i can do as much as i want to it and it never gets displayed?

yes, you can

>but it will save the changes?

yes, it will

really, that's exactly what I do when a movieclip is bigger than the working area. I drag it on the stage, movdify it there (where I can have a canvas of 2880x2880), the delete it when done..
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Negatyve

Its a shame that there isn't really an answer to the question, but that's nothing to do with me or you, so it would seem.

I'm awarding you the points as you have provided me with the closest thing to a solution, which has allowed me to get working.

Thanks a lot man.

Volatile.

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