SWF To MP4

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I have a Pro Screencast account and Jing. I am trying to use Jing to create mp4 video's instead of SWF files. Is this possible?

Also, I have 100+ Jing Video's already uploaded onto the Screencast account. How can I save those as mp4 files?
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Logan S.

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Hey Bret,

Unfortunately, Jing isn't able to produce video in mp4. SWF is the only format it will create video in.

If you current videos are already in SWF, you can convert those by importing them into Camtasia Studio, than produce the video out in whatever format you wish. You can try a free trial here: http://www.techsmith.com/download/cam...
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Rick Stone

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Jing's big brother SnagIt records directly in MP4.
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caleb.castro

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The SnagIt recommendation doesn't do any good because it too is a Paid Application...
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Charlotte Wu

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Maybe you can try Free HD Video Converter Factory which supports to convert video s and audios with original quality and fast speed. I always use this program to convert my videos and audios. But i haven't tried .swf file, you can have a try.
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I tried purchasing Camtasia Studio and importing but it says:

The following files are unsupported or damaged
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Rick Stone

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Are you able to play the SWF? If so, perhaps consider playing it and record it using the Camtasia Recorder as it plays.
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You can use a swf video converter to do this conversion. I saw lots of swf converter. swf to mp4 converter also is available.
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Jimmy Johnsontester

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Sadly, so many of these "free conversion" apps and websites come with unwanted spyware, malware and the like.
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Leon Williamson

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I hope this guide helps: How to convert SWF to MP4
http://bit.ly/14cohGs
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Dave West

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Here's also an article about how to convert swf to mp4.

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Nicole

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i always use a swf to video converter to do that smoothly: swf to mp4
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Karen Liles

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Jing isn't able to produce video in mp4. SWF is the only format it will create video in.  You can choose to convert swf file to mp4 with Firecoresoft swf converter.



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I have quite a few videos created with Jing that were saved to Screencast in .mp4 format. They were mostly created in 2012. Older ones, i.e., 2011, and newer ones, i.e., 2013-14, are saved in .swf. I am certain I didn't upload those .mp4 files myself, so at some point, Jing must have created them. I wonder what happened. It's probably because TechSmith wants us to buy Camtasia. I guess I shouldn't complain, because it's nice to have Jing and Screencast for free, but so many sites no longer support embedded Flash files that it would be nice to have other options.
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The pro account used to do this but Tech dudes quickly changed this. Personally I feel this was a failure on their side. I would gladly continue to pay for the pro account. I don't want their other software and Jing is perfect plus all modern browsers are ditching Flash and mobile doesn't support it.
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Yes, I would happily pay for Jing that give me MP4 video ... and won't ever buy Camtasia again.
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fadireslly

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I like this discussion which help me solve the issue of SWF to MP4. 
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Quicktime does this beautifully for free on the Mac
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Chris Callaghan

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Hey,

How?
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sonphlower2

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Not on my Mac.  It won't even open a  swf file.
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There are a few SWF Converter tools support conversion from SWF to MP4 or other formats. I have used Bigasoft Total Video Converter to reencode SWF to MP4 easily.
Here is the detailed guide: http://www.bigasoft.com/articles/how-to-convert-swf-to-mp4-for-mac-easily.html .
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Jing will not be able to create mp4 or mov files, it will create swf files only. to make those swf files playable you need to convert them into compatible mov or mp4 file format.
to covert these swf files you can use SWF to MOV convertor
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So, have you ever been confused by how to convert flash SWF video to MP4? Wonder where to find a useful SWF to MP4 Converter? No need to worry! All you need is Brorsoft Video Converter. 


It is a powerful and easy-to-use video converter tool, which can help you finish your flash SWF to MP4 conversion simply in few clicks. Moreover, it can convert video from one format to another, supports all existing video and audio formats. 

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Also try this way, easily convert DVD and movies to MP4 for your Samsung, LG and iPhone, iPad
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ntyr7_ptE
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Faasoft's great SWF to MP4 Converter does work like a charm. I used it to convert SWF to MP4, MOV, AVI, etc. Thank you, guys.
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It didn't for me - it just repeated the first frame for the length of the video.
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I use the Free program Freemake.

http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/

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I will add one precaution. When your installing the program there will be several options for additional software that you will probably want to decline installing. You just need to make sure you check the right box. The programs aren't nefarious in nature so if you accidently install one you can uninstall it without issue.

Freemake is pretty easy to use and that's why I recommend it.

 Regards, Joe

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i just use a tool to import SWF to imovie, and import SWF to FCP , hope it also can help you to convert SWF to MP4.
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logikonline

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Do the right thing TechSmith and re-release the MP4 format. And charge a few dollars if you have to justify returning the code base back but Just Do It
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Came here looking for help, discovered tons of spam posts instead.  Now I'm looking elsewhere for another screen recorder that natively supports mp4 or any other modern format.  Thanks Techsmith!
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Screencast-O-Matic is a good choice if you need MP4. https://screencast-o-matic.com/
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WTorres51

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Uh, just name it (Insert namehere).mp4
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TimF1x

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Try Screencast-O-Matic if you need MP4.
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Zoya Sikdher

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You can try converting your files so that it works.

So far I have been using Convert.world for the conversions and they are great too.. It has such a great interface and does the job in No Time.

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How much longer until Jing offers a different option for file types instead of SWF?
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Jing is an Antiquated program that hasn't been  updated in ages. As far as I know.This is latest update I can find, https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/updates_last_week_for_jing_on_windows_camtasia_and_s.......which makes sense because nobody wants SWF theses days.

 You can but SnagIt if you want MP4.

I don't understand why TechSmith still offers it Jing. I guess as a kind gesture, Nostalgia?

Regards,Joe
 

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Video converter should be a good solution. You can directly convert the SWF files to MP4. Many programs can do that. I have used Handbrake, Free HD Video Converter Factory or VLC yet I have no idea whether VLC can recognize SWF files.
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TechSmith has said here https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/flash-video-on-screencast-discussion  and here https://www.techsmith.com/blog/online-video-platform-screencasts/  that they are adding mp4 to jing, but mp4 will only output to screencast.
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Sept. of 2018 and still no MP4? I'm done with Jing. Moving on to greener pastures. If I can't find something that better suites me, I'll write it myself.
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I couldn't agree more General. I had the same issue. I am lucky enough that my company let me switch over to their paid version SnagIt and boy is it leaps and bounds better than Jing. Try the switch or even a trail and I promise it will deliver on your MP4 dreams :)
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no - Caleb the interface in Jing is superior for easy of use.  And is a shame that TechSmith can't recognize an opportunity to leverage this base to buy within.  I don't want SnagIt
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So Brian Jordan,

while it’s possible to record your video playing in a media player with the Camtasia recorder like Rick suggests. I don’t recommend it.

See the problem with that. Is Camtasia drops frames when it records media playing in a media player.

Since upgrading all my hard drives SSD’s I thought I do some new testing this morning. I’ve always been aware of this problem but I thought new testing was in order since upgrading my computer. For whatever reason I get my best results if the file is stored on my desktop.

So, I stored the same file on my desktop, an internal SSD drive, and a high-speed external disk hard drive. I recorded the same 1280 by 720 video twice from each location. The desktop stored video yielded the least dropped frames both times.

1920 by 1080 or 4K videos produce a lot more drops frames in my previous tests of the past. I went with 1280 by 720 to keep it simple.

The desktop file dropped between20 and 30 frames. With a third recording reaching 67 frames.

The internal SSD dropped between 150 and 227 frames.

The external HDD drop between 121 and 150 frames.

So for no rhyme or reason, the numbers are inconsistent and less than ideal.

The two test recordings from each location were roughly 3 minutes and 35 seconds in duration in the video was just shy of 5 minutes long.

 The final recording had 67 dropped frames. I use the desktop file for the recording.

So while it is possible to record a SWF playing to acquire an editable video. It really depends what you’re trying to capture. If the new video will be smooth enough for use.

In the video example shown below. I put a white dot with a red outline were a lot of the glitches occur. I marked 38 of them. The Camtasia recording is shown above and the original video is shown below. Some of the glitches are easy to spot and some of them are not.

 I have clients that expect perfection from me. The glitches produced by this technique would not be tolerated by my clients. I intentionally used the best recording of the lot to point out the problems.

Had I chosen one of the poorer recordings with 100+ dropped frames. The problems would’ve stuck out like a sore thumb. You wouldn’t need a side-by-side comparison to spot many of the problems.



So the bottom line, the best thing to do is convert your videos to MP4 using a video converter. The ways to do that are numerous and you can Google that online.

Regards, Joe