General flash question!

will having graphics outside the stage area greatly slowdown flash movie??? I ask because on my site I have several graphics that stretch way beyond the stage area. I did this because i cant select it to scale due to pixel fonts and I wanted the graphics to stretch the full size of the screen so I made sure that they stretched at least till 1600 pixels. the site is set at 1024 x 768. Is this a bad practice? I have heard that this causes flash movies to slow down dramatically is this true???

it shouldn’t

Not, not dramatically. Well, it would depend on how many of these huge pics you have in there but even then it shouldn’t be a big slow down.