My adobe is being kind of a dick and wont let me do transparent back grounds
Adobe a company, not a program.
Are you talking about Fireworks?
So i was wondering if, before i made the images a movie clip in flash, could i trace the bitmap to remove the white background that keeps coming up on my sprites and then make them a movie clip and then break'em apar
If you trace them then there's no need to break them apart.
The reason the transparent BG isn't working is probably because the BG is white, never save the sheet after you've removed the background otherwise it'll just be white when you load it again.
And never use sheets with white backgrounds unless you want to trace bitmap and remove the background manually, one sprite by one.
and if so would it still cause my movie to lag? I kinda figured you might know.
Eh, I don't usually suffer any lag and I trace all of my bitmaps, even though they have no background (It increases the file size, but also increases the quality).
So it shouldn't lag for you either.