Sher is absolutely right with the transparancy. Sher can you tell me loosely how you absolutely postion it with CSS. I am somewhat familiar with CSS and absolute and relative positioning.. what confuses me a littel is how the movie comes on the stage and then goes away. Is the flash movie put into a #div tag and/or is Dreamweaver's timeline being used?
This is a neat idea. I think we're going to see more of this.
If i tried to figure out what you guys are talking about I'd go insane.
What part of the flash movie becomes transparent? How do you break out the background? There is no transparent background colour that i've found. The only transparency option seems to be in the paint palette for drawing objects.
And once you've added transparency to the thing, what does it matter where it's positioned in the html? I'm so confused. Can't you just use alpha with your movie and then treat your movie like you would otherwise?
Why is alpha so complicated! In the next version of Flash (adobe's) it's much less frustrating.
It's not as bad as you're thinking. Try this out with a simple flash movie. Just Make the stage any size you want and then put some text on it that says " transparent flash" or whatever.
Then when you publish it under the publish settings I think that you need to publish the .swf and the hmtl. There will be a tab for the html settings.... well in there or on that tab there will be a box about 3/4 the way to the bottom that talks about wmode and has the option of windowless transparent or something.
I'm still on flash 8.
Try that on the most basic of movies and then look at the html page that is generated and you can play with the background and change colors or put things behind it to see that it is transparent.