Sliding movie controller

Hello, Kirup Forum!

I am not only new to this forum, I am a pretty new Flash user as well. I am running Flash MX on two machines: a Dual 1.8 GHz PowerMac G5 running Mac OS10.3.9 with 1.25 GB RAM, as well as a pretty standard 730 MHz Intel Pentium III with not much RAM.

I am preparing some project management graphics that will support a new tool for visualizing the progress of work, and I am wanting to create an animation with a sliding movie controller. I have put a copy of the (only half-finished) first graphic at the following URL:

or the swf file is at:

If you open the file, you can see what I’m wanting the animation to accomplish (approximately), and I’d like to add an interactive controller so the user could manually scroll the graphic across the timeline to show the progress at different dates, with the slider controlling how fast (forward or backward) the movie progresses.

I confess that ActionScript (or any code, for that matter) is presently a VERY foreign language for me, but I am certainly eager to get better acquainted with it. I see several slider animations on this site, and I’m wondering if anyone can point me at a sample or a tutorial that is the closest solution to doing what I want to do, so I can study the code, and try to figure this project out?

Also, I’m wondering if there are some tutorial lessons out there (CD, QuikTime, video, etc.) that would make a good start at educating me on how to use this really awesome tool?

Thanks in advance for any help that may be offered.

Batey LLC