Pete, There are numerous ways to do this but one way that is straightforward enough is to load a separate (clock) swf into the looping animation. clock movie runs independently of the parent (looping) movie... following from MM documentation: loadMovie("url",level/target[, variables]) Parameters url - The absolute or relative URL of the SWF file to be loaded. A relative path must be relative to the SWF file at level 0. The URL must be in the same subdomain as the URL where the movie currently resides. For use in the Flash Player or for testing in test mode in the Flash authoring application, all SWF files must be stored in the same folder, and the filenames cannot include folder or disk drive specifications. target - A path to a target movie clip. The target movie clip will be replaced by the loaded movie or image. You must specify either a target movie clip or a level of a target movie; you can't specify both. level - An integer specifying the level in the Flash Player into which the movie will be loaded. When you load a movie or image into a level, the loadMovie action in the Actions panel in normal mode switches to loadMovieNum; in expert mode, you must specify loadMovieNum or choose it from the Actions toolbox. variables - An optional parameter specifying an HTTP method for sending variables. The parameter must be the string GET or POST. If there are no variables to be sent, omit this parameter. The GET method appends the variables to the end of the URL, and is used for small numbers of variables. The POST method sends the variables in a separate HTTP header and is used for long strings of variables. np. "Arc" - PearlJam -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Peter Loron Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2004 2:00 PM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: [thelist] Flash Question Question for you Flash gurus out there: I've got a really simple Flash animation that loops forever. No problem, that part works. What I would like to have in one corner of the movie is a timeclock showing the total elapsed time since the movie first started playing. I don't want the clock to reset at the beginning of the loop. I'm hoping I can do this with some kind of global variable to hold the time and some kind of "update the clock display" function that isn't stuck in each frame. If there is a good reference for this sort of thing or an online example, being pointed at that would kick ass. Thanks! -Pete -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !