How can I convert SWF files to another video format?

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@TechSmith Is there a converter out there that you know of that will convert .swf files to video. Everything I use results in audio only
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Any SWF created by a TechSmith product can be imported into Camtasia Studio 7 and produced out to another format, like MP3. (If you just have a one-time need to convert a few legacy SWF files you could probably accomplish that using the Camtasia trial.)

As for a standalone video converter that you could download, I don't have any experience with that. Someone else here may have some tips.
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extra work.
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Techsmith needs to update Jing and have it export in a usable format.  Installing the Camtasia trial is a terrible solution.
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Still digging around to look for an effective way to successfully convert SWF files, no matter vector based animation SWF and raster based video SWF, to AVI to enjoy them on PC, Windows Media Player, PS3, Xbox 360 and more portable devices, optimize them in Windows Movie Maker, or embed them into PowerPoint?

The following article aims to introduce a step by step guide on how to convert SWF files to AVI without any much hassle.

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Just use VIP Video Converter to convert your jing SWF screencasts to AVI or MP4.
I recommend it!
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You may also try iDealshare VideoGo which is the powerful SWF Video Converter for Mac and Windows and can act as both a SWF decoder and SWF encoder which can convert SWF or convert to SWF from all kinds of video formats.

    Acting as an SWF Decoder, it easily helps to:
  • Convert SWF to MP4 to play SWF on iPad, iPhone, iPod, iTunes, Apple TV, PS3, Android, BlackBerry and etc
  • Convert SWF to MOV to play SWF in QuickTme or edit SWF in iMovie, Final Cut Express
  • Convert SWF to Apple ProRes to edit SWF in Final Cut Pro X, 7 or later version
  • Convert SWF to AVI, WMV, MPG, ASF to play SWF in Windows Media Player, PowerPoint, Windows Movie Maker and etc.
  • Convert Flash SWF to GIF to make animated banners that people will be able to use with the codes given.
  • Convert SWF to FLV, WebM, OGV to upload SWF to video sharing website
  • Convert SWF to DV to edit SWF in Sony Vegas, Avid and etc.
  • Convert SWF to MPEG-2, VOB, AVI DivX to burn SWF to DVD disc
  • Convert SWF to RMVB or RM to play SWF in RealPlayer
  • Convert SWF to MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, AIFF, FLAC, M4A, OGG, DTS and more audio format
    Acting as an SWF Encoder, it can helps to:
  • Convert all the above mentioned video formats to SWF on Mac or Windows
  • Convert other video formats like AVCHD, MTS, M2T, M2TS, MXF, MOD, TOD, R3D, F4V, 3G2, OGM, Fraps video, BIK, Flip movies, DVR, WTV and etc.
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camtasia for mac does NOT convert jing FLV.
jing video seems to be a dead end on a mac.
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Why would you design the program like this? Its like intentional sabotage of what could be a great screen capture application. You cant even upload this format to youtube.
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VIP Video Converter at least does a good job, where a lot of other apps either won't open the .swf file like they promise to, or the output .mp4 is audio only with no video.
Is there anything like VIP that doesn't do the ridiculous capture mode?  I can't do anything else while this is running or I get those other things in the output video.
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Two things here regarding the entire .SWF conversion question and Jing.

First, let's get into our "wayback" machine and travel to a time when Techsmith released the short lived Jing Pro. Jing Pro allowed you the option of recording Jing videos in .MP4, which SOLVED the entire long standing issue of having to convert from .SWF's.  

Jing Pro was not free, but the benefits of being able to record in .MP4, were well worth the cost, based on the pure flexibility of the .MP4 format. I had it, loved it and was a very strong advocate, especially as it helped shaped pedagogical delivery options in education.

Techsmith "phased out" Jing Pro, in favor of pushing users towards using Snagit (raise your hand if you actually use it) or Camtasia (great, but overkill for the casual user).  These were business decisions made by TechSmith.

So, the continued problem of .SWF conversion, as it relates to Jing recordings, lies solely on the TechSmith Corporation.  It can easily be resolved, by releasing an updated version of Jing that records .MP4.  In my opinion, TechSmith has been trying to kill off Jing for some time, but it won't go away.

Secondly, for Daniel Foster, the Snagit Product Manager (is he still?)....saying that you have no idea about a "standalone video converter that you could download", is both embarrassing and a non-answer. Instead, you've pitched it to the TechSmith user community, as a way of avoiding this long-standing issue. 

Daniel, perhaps you and your TechSmith colleagues could spend a weekend developing a .SWF converter for Jing?  I am sure that would be appreciated by the TechSmith user community. What do you say? I'll spring for some pizza. 

Better yet, why not speak to the Jing Product manager (and upper management) and simply release a version of Jing which records .MP4.  

That's a business decision everyone would appreciate! 
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I seem to recall that Jing [free version] produced SWF videos could be edited directly in Camtasia Studio
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Another method is to use iDealshare VideoGo to convert SWF, GIF, FLV etc to iPad more supported MP4, MOV with this guide https://www.idealshare.net/ipad-ipod-iphone/play-swf-on-ipad.html
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Handbrake is a free app for converting video file types. Google it.
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Handbrake won't even open the .swf files I have converted with VIP Video Converter.
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It won't recognize swf
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Most file converters are built on FFMPEG, including handbrake, MPEGStreamclip, and I believe Format Factory. None of those will transcode arbitrary SWF files.

There are some Flash to video converter programs out there, check the usual software download sites. Camtasia Studio on Windows can import TechSmith-created SWF but may not support your files.

You can always play the SWF in your web browser and record it with our software as a workaround on either Mac or Windows.
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This is a great converter.  http://www.vip-video-converter.com/.  It's inexpensive. 
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Unfortunately, that converter doesn't yet handle sound.
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David suggested ...

"You can always play the SWF in your web browser and record it with our software as a workaround on either Mac or Windows. "

I have had excellent resultes re-capturing [with Recorder] SWF flash videos playing in IE. Use CS 7's "record system sound", with mic off, to recapture the audio.
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hey.. i have added some hotspot to the image through snagit. i believe hotspots are saved only using pdf, mht or swt formats. but i want the image in PNG or jpeg.. is there a way out.. since the other formats are not supported :(
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Snagit cannot add an image map to files- that is something you would need to do in an HTML editor. Files in png or jpeg format don't support hotspots.

http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_map...
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wel..if i have just added a circle on the image... i dont have a popup or graphic on it.. i want to use it as an png or jpeg image.. is there any way to convert it..
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Hi NSJ, there isn't really a way to convert something like a PNG or JPG to an actionable type file like the SWF or MHT. I kind of think of it like if you photocopy a document with a raised seal, the texture doesn't come through on the copy.

Likewise a PNG, JPG (really most image files) are flattened such that they are nothing more than an image.

That said, what might be your options?

Well, it's hard to know without fully understanding your predicament and goal, but I can think of a couple.

The first is I'm curious why you can't embed the SWF. That seems like it would be the easiest solution. Have you tried image embed code? I have a hunch your html software won't let you upload a SWF or MHT as an image, but--if you can insert embed code, we can get the SWF embed code and give that a try. Let me know if that's something you'd like to try.

The next idea would be to have a static image that links to a clickable SWF. This could be an odd user experience and could be hard to pull off elegantly, but the idea I was thinking was upload your PNG--and then make it a hyperlink to wherever your active SWF can live--like on your server or on Screencast.com for example.

The third idea is along the lines of what David is suggesting. You could bust out some tricky HTML moves and sort of "overlay" a clickable map over the image. Note that this is now really the functionality of the web page and has nothing much to do with the image itself. Events could be programmed such that when the cursor hovers or clicks on some area, some event occurs.

Feel free to send a video or screenshot of what you're trying to accomplish too.
Mike Curtis
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Mike, I teach virtually, and want an SWF calculator in my lessons. What would you do to get a swf as an application in a virtual learning program? nnorins77@gmail.com Thanks, NN
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I've casually followed this thread, but not sure exactly what the problem is.

If you use Snagit to add an object [circle] to the image being worked on, that image can be saved by Snagit in PNG or JPG format. But any hotspot functionality you added using Snagit [like to the circle] will be lost.

Perhaps look at this example of a map image with many hotspots ...

http://www.cookbookplus.com/temp/Kaya...

This SWF was created w/Snagit; it has about 100 clickable hotspots. This file can be accessed by using a link from anywhere, or by embedding it into your own HTML page.

But it is a large SWF; embedding will make for a slow HTML page load.

Best method might be to add a image button to your HTML page that opens this SWF.
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hey guys.. thanks a ton... it did help me but still i could not figure it out what i need.i just want to add some translucent effect on my image .. i have not added any pop up to it.. to me its more of static image.. now please tell me is there a way..
i am attaching an image. this is how i need the output in png format..

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Capture the [final look] image again in Snagit; save as a PNG.
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have made a JING capture video and now want to upload to YouTube
YouTube is showing as audio only
I think i need an MP4 file?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
how do i transfer from .swf to MP4.
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thanx for info, but as for me, i usually use this tool to convert flash to video http://www.macvide.com/Macvide_FlashV..., it's simple and nice!)
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Can't you just use something like zamzar.com or youconvertit.com those have worked very well for me!
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I have created videos using Jing, but they are all in SWF format. Is there a tool (free or not) to convert the SWF videos to something else? I know tools like Camtasia will create in other formats (and I'll probably by that soon), but I need something to convert the old videos.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Convert Jing video to something else.
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I just got the free trial of Camtasia for Mac. Unfortunately, that doesn't like the Jing-created SWFs. Do I have to go with the Windows version?
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yes
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Well, if you want to convert swf to mp4 format, Handbrake is really a perfect choice, however, if you want to output other file formats such as mov, flv, wmv, avi, etc from swf file, handbrake will not be helpful, since it only supports to output mp4 and mkv container format. Then you might need to take advantage of some third-party software searched from google.
http://www.jihosoft.com/flash-tutoria...
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Here's also an article about "converting swf files to videos" for your reference.
http://www.moyeaswf.com/swf-converter...
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Jing SWF files can be easily captured and converted by VIP Video Converter to formats such as MP4, AVI, FLV and many more.
From my experience it's fast and very easy to use.
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Thank you so much for posting this.  I had been trying other converters and they were just not working.  VIP Video Converter worked like a charm.
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I use Video Converter to convert SWF videos to other formats. I usually convert SWF to MP4 which is widely supported by Android and iOS devices, Mac-based and Windows-operating software and program. If you are searching for a good converter program, you can try this. 
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I know a step by step guide to help you convert SWF to MP3 at: http://www.faasoft.com/articles/swf-to-mp3.html

This guide also applies to:

1. Easily extract audio and music from SWF file and save the extract file to MP3 format to play on iPhone, iPad, iPod, iTunes, MP3 Player, Android, Xbox, PlayStation, etc;
Convert SWF to other audio formats such as WAV, AAC, AC3, M4A, AIFF, DTS and so on in order to play SWF audio widely like Windows Media Player, iPad, iPhone, iTunes, MP3 Player, Android, etc;

2. Besides extract audio from SWF, it also helps you convert SWF files to almost all kinds of video formats such as SWF to MP4, SWF to MOV, SWF to AVI, SWF to FLV, and SWF to WMV and so on so that you can play SWF files anywhere, for example, Android, iTunes, QuickTime, Windows Media player, iPhone, iPad, Xbox, PlayStation, or edit SWF files in Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, FCP etc.
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Well, I like to use this free online video converter.

Firstly, it's free of charge! You can use it to convert videos as many as you want.

And it supports various formats. I often use it to convert some SWF video files to MP4 for its widely usage. And other formats like AVI, WMV, VOB, etc are available on this converter.

The most attractive feature, as for me, is that it is very simple to use. Just three steps - browse video file, configure settings and then click convert. That's done. Very easy, isn't it?

FYI, you can also edit video online on this video converter like trimming, cropping or adding some effects and watermarks.

Most of my friends around me like this tool. Hope my answer would help you.

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Use "AVC: any video converter" tool that will help you to convert swf files to other format. I already tested and checked it's working. :)