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Ran into an issue recently where a movieclip attached to a motion guide would return 1120 errors.

Eventually realized that when a movieclip follows a guide, Animate ignores (or loses?) the instance name.

Is there a workaround anyone is familiar with? I mainly work in keyframe animations and rarely use motion guides, so I have yet to find a solution.

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His guides aren't movieclips.

He DOES have advanced layers turned on, which is what's breaking his code.

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Classic Motion Guide Kills Instance Name

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Ran into an issue recently where a movieclip attached to a motion guide would return 1120 errors.

Eventually realized that when a movieclip follows a guide, Animate ignores (or loses?) the instance name.

Is there a workaround anyone is familiar with? I mainly work in keyframe animations and rarely use motion guides, so I have yet to find a solution.

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Correct answer by ClayUUID | Adobe Community Professional

His guides aren't movieclips.

He DOES have advanced layers turned on, which is what's breaking his code.

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It does not. I just created a new document, added a squiggly motion guide, movieclip instance named "bob", tweened it along the guide. Added a "trace(bob)" to the beginning and end of the animation. Got "[object MovieClip]" in the output window at both ends.

You don't have Advanced Layers turned on, do you?

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Hey there. Thanks for the reply.

I'm not using advanced layers (as far as I can tell) I have to admit that if I am, I don't know how to turn them off. Would that cause issues with movieclips and motion paths?

I'm being pretty basic with my animation. I've attached a test FLA if you are interested. Two scenes. One with and one without a motion guide.

Dropbox - MotionGuideBreaksMC.fla

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His guides aren't movieclips.

He DOES have advanced layers turned on, which is what's breaking his code.

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Thanks

Advanced layers was the culprit. To be clear in case anyone else needs this:

Document Settings

Un-check Use Advanced Layers

I missed the warnings when activating it previously. Or more likely ignored.

Thanks for your help ClayUUID

- gene

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In order for the guide to work it cannot be a movieclip.

try this tutorial. Animate CC Creating Motion Guides - YouTube

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