Flash Movie Controls – Play/Pause Button

I’m not very experienced in Flash. I can do basic movies with tweens, some playback buttons and maybe one or two animations, but that’s pretty much it. For a recent project however, I had to do a pause button.

Now this might seem like an easy task, but it isnt. A pause button must both pause and play the video. I looked around the web for some easy solutions, but couldn’t come up with anything useful (although I’m sure there are guides for it out there, I just didn’t look hard enough..). This is what I came up with:

How to create a Play/Pause button in Flash

  1. Create a movieclip called “playpause”. Put this movieclip anywhere in your main movie.
  2. Create a button in this movieclips first frame, call this button “pause”.
  3. Now go to frame two, create a keyframe and another button, call this one “play”.
  4. Create another layer, call this layer “script”. Put the marker in the first frame and open Frame Actions. Type in “stop();”. Create another keyframe, and do the same thing again.
  5. The buttons need some actionscripting too to be able to work. They need to both make the other button display and to play and pause our movie, which is the main target. I found a way to do this really easily. Click the button “pause”, and open Button Actions. Then type in:

on (release) {
gotoAndStop(2);
_parent.stop();
}

The first line displays the play button, the other one pauses the main movie. Select the other button, “play”, and type in:

on (release) {
gotoAndStop(1);
_parent.play();
}

Save the document, press Command+Enter (PC: CTRL+Enter) and make sure it works.

I hope you found the guide useful! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you thought.