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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:00 AM

Does anyone know how to convert .swf to .flv?

It is nuts that Adobe doesn't have a feature in Flash to convert or save. I have lots of old .swf animations I'd like to post on my FB professional page, but FB doesn't support .swf, have to be .flv...even though they're both just Flash files. I Googled it and found four free programs which claim to to do it, but one is PC only (I have Windows 7 on my Mac -- I suppose I could try booting it up), and the others claim to convert virtually any video format to any other, but then the .swf option isn't on the menu. I have the CS4 suite, the animations were created in Flash Pro and Flash CS3. I'm flummoxed!

On edit: I did find out how to capture video on-screen using QuickTime, but it doesn't capture sound. As a last resort, I might do a capture of the .swf, then try to sync the audio track to it. It's a work-around that shouldn't be necessary.

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Reply Does anyone know how to convert .swf to .flv? (Original post)
Atman Feb 2013 OP
Fumesucker Feb 2013 #1
Atman Feb 2013 #4
NYC_SKP Feb 2013 #2
Sunderlandgreen Jul 2013 #17
ChromeFoundry Feb 2013 #3
pokerfan Feb 2013 #5
Spirochete Feb 2013 #6
RoccoR5955 Feb 2013 #7
dwightgenius Feb 2013 #8
displacedtexan Feb 2013 #9
futurichal Mar 2013 #10
jenniferkimmy Mar 2013 #11
cerefony Apr 2013 #12
TeamPooka Apr 2013 #13
Atman Apr 2013 #14
mikyny Jul 2013 #15
qwetorast Jul 2013 #16
hansberjime Oct 2013 #18
Name removed Nov 2013 #19
Agschmid Nov 2013 #20
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #21
Name removed Dec 2013 #22
Teppy Dec 2013 #23
Name removed Aug 2014 #24
wandy Aug 2014 #25
comeincrease Apr 22 #26
Name removed Apr 24 #27
cliconiff Jun 13 #28
hobbit709 Jun 13 #29
gopiscrap Jun 13 #30

Response to Atman (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:12 AM

1. Super is free and seems to convert anything video to anything else

It's not particularly user friendly though.

http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:27 AM

4. Thanks...this looks like the only one that will do the job.

It does look a little complicated, though. It's the only one I've seen that lists .swf as an input source. But I'll have to launch Windows 7...I installed it on my Mac a few weeks ago in order to run my wife's crazy sewing machine, but we've never actually booted it up yet. This ought to be interesting!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 05:14 AM

17. Convert SWF to FLV on Mac

Have a try with Jihosoft SWF Converter for Mac, although it is not free, but you may satisfy with the conversion result.

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Response to Atman (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:39 AM

3. SWF and Flash are not video files

FLA is a Flash - Video Container. SWF can be looked at as an application. One of the features of the application is to display audio and video from a contained file.

Rather than "converting" to FLV, you may want to look at something like a SWF Extractor. An extractor can rip-out the contained video and audio (usually MP3 for audio and MP4 for Audio/Video) and write it to a file. Then that file format can be converted, or placed directly into an FLV container.

Most of the so called "SWF to Video Converters" are to capture the animations created in an SWF file.. like some of those interactive games and ads that move sprites around over a timeline, by way of Flash and ActionScript. If all you want to do is play a video file, look for a ripper/extractor.

Hope this helps.

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Response to Atman (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 05:12 PM

5. FFmpeg

and pretty much converts anything to anything.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FFmpeg
http://www.ffmpeg.org/

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Response to Atman (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:19 PM

7. Handbrake should work, I think

check it out on sourceforge.net

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Response to Atman (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:41 AM

8. try this

Hello Atman,
Have you tried the SWF to FLV converter from moyea?
http://www.swfkits.com/swf-to-flv-converter/ (for PC)
http://www.swfkits.com/swf-converter-mac/ (for Mac)

The windows version works good on my computer.

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Response to Atman (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:51 PM

9. Freemake Video Converter (free)

freemake.com

Sorry, but I haven't figured out how to insert a link using my ipad.

Freemake is a one-touch converter. I love it. They also have a free downloader for youtube, vimeo, etc.

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Fri Apr 26, 2013, 02:55 AM

12. convert SWF to FLV

Check this guide: How to convert SWF to FLV

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Response to cerefony (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 03:14 AM

13. welcome to DU!

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Response to cerefony (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:45 AM

14. That looks perfect! I wish it wasn't $100!

I suppose it's a career thing, so it'd be tax deductible. But damn...that's steep for a one-trick pony!

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Response to Atman (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 02:03 AM

15. bvcsoft swf to flv converter works great.

bvcsoft swf to flv converter works great.I'm using it.also support swf volume normalizer with high quality.

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Response to mikyny (Reply #15)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 10:10 PM

16. swf to flv

Last edited Mon Sep 23, 2013, 10:56 PM - Edit history (1)

I use AppGeeker video converter (www.appgeeker.com) for transcoding always. Should work well for your requirement.

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Response to Atman (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 11:25 PM

18. I always do this conversion

Last edited Sat Mar 1, 2014, 05:00 AM - Edit history (1)

I love flash, I always make some flash animations, to convert swf to flv you can see this firecoresoft.com/convert-swf/convert-swf-to-flv.html
If you choose to record the video, I did not try this.

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Sun Nov 3, 2013, 10:22 PM

20. This is a pretty old thread.

Also I never click on links if I can't see where they are taking me... some of these sites are all malware just FYI.

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Response to Name removed (Reply #19)

Sun Nov 3, 2013, 11:37 PM

21. Welcome to DU

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Sun Dec 22, 2013, 06:47 PM

23. Me too

Atman,

Did any of these work for you? I too have a bunch of decade-old animations -- fla's and swf's -- that I can't get converted into a format that youtube will take.

Teppy

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Sun Aug 24, 2014, 07:27 PM

25. Freemake. I don't know how good it is for .swf to flv. Conversions for

other formats work well.
It's free so worth giving it a try.
http://www.freemake.com/how_to/how_to_convert_video_to_flash_swf_flv

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Wed Apr 22, 2015, 05:06 AM

26. swf to flv

You may also follow this step by step guide to batch convert .swf to .flv on Mac or Windows computer

This guide can not only convert SWF to FLV, but also supports converting SWF to MP4, SWF to AVI, SWF to MOV, SWF to MKV, WMV, ASF, WebM, MXF, DV, RM, MPEG, etc.

It even can extract audio from SWF container and then save the extracted audio files into like convert SWF to MP3, WAV, AAC, M4A, AC3, DTS, CAF, AIFF, and FLAC and so on famous audio formats.

In this case, you can enjoy SWF files on almost all kinds of popular players and portable devices like iTunes, QuickTime, Windows Media Player, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android, Xbox, PlayStation, BlackBerry and so on.

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Sat Jun 13, 2015, 09:55 AM

28. Best Way to Convert SWF to FLV

Difference between SWF and FLV

SWF is a vector animation file format. Vector means you can scale it to any size while keeping its clarity. The details of the image such as edges, corners are still clear and crisp. The shapes and curves of the image are drawn by human artists, instead of being shot by cameras. Those images or photos shot by camera are called raster image. They consist of a rectangle of pixels. If you scale up the image, the details will become blur or blocky.

However, SWF can also contain images of video clips shot by camera as elements of the animation. If a SWF file contains only video clip and doesn't contain any vector image, it becomes a pure video file.

FLV is a pure video format optimized for network playing. It usually uses VP6 or H.264 as video codec. This format is widely accepted by most video sharing website.

SWF files are usually very small and easy to transfer over internet, but playing SWF vector animation consumes much CPU power and battery energy, so it is rejected by Apple on its mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad. On the contrary, many devices have specific chip to decode H.264 video, which will heavily relieve the stress of CPU and battery.

If the scalability is not so important and you want your animation to be accepted by more mobile device, you should convert your vector SWF into video file such as FLV.

Here is a step by step guide on how to convert SWF to FLV on Mac and Windows.

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Response to cliconiff (Reply #28)

Sat Jun 13, 2015, 11:08 AM

29. here we go again.

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Response to cliconiff (Reply #28)

Sat Jun 13, 2015, 01:47 PM

30. Welcome to DU

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