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    converting SWF

    Shockwave Flash videos are difficult to convert, that is the reason why software that is able to do it costs between $40 and $90. These guys know why they can take that money ..
    There are a couple of freeware programs that claim to be able to do it, but the ones that I have tested (and I believe that have been all there are on the internet) each have some major problems, where missing audio is the biggest one.

    Why is that ?
    The answer to that is pretty easy. SWF files are not videos. They are animated picture sequences with audio and button controls. So most of the solutions that you can buy don't do anything else than playing back the original animation, auto-click some buttons for you, and record the whole thing. But even some demo pay software that I have tried had their problems. If you like to spend your money on that software, go ahead.

    So what can we Meizu users do ?
    After spending a lot of time on that matter, I came to the conclusion that it would be the best to do the same thing that the pay software does : playback and record. So here is my solution which is applicable to any kid of media that you can play on your PC in any way :

    1. start Internet Explorer (yes, no other browser works in this case). Go to Adobe and get the Flash Plugin (yes Flash, not Shockwave). This will install ActiveX Controls for Shockwave videos, and enables your standard Video Player (e.g. Media Player Classic) to play .swf files.

    2. play your .swf file. In case it immediately starts then stop it. Let this window open.

    3. Get Techsmith's "SnagIt" (free 30-day trial available, full version costs $40) or any other screen recording software. In SnagIt, choose "record a video of the screen", enable the "record audio" knob, and in your sound card's "recording" settings, select "Wave" as the recording input and set the volume to max. Then click the capture button in SnagIt and draw a frame around the playback area of your player. Click on start capture and playback the .swf



    4. convert the resulting video with BatMan or any other converter of your choice.

    You might be able to find a cheaper or better solution than SnagIt. If so, please tell me. Most free applications (old version of fraps) don't have audio recording which is crucial for this task.
    If it was not as complicated as that, I would love to integrate .swf into BatMan, but I believe there is no free solution for the problem.

    May this little guide help you .swf fans out there.

    EDIT : HyperCam seems to be able to do it for $30.
    Last edited by BobbyQ; 02-16-2008 at 09:42 AM.
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    I'm using Geovid's Flash To Video Encoder.
    I've found it free to convert swf files to a wide variety of video codecs (I'm using Indeo Video, but I'm sure there are better ones), you can also buy a licence for $50. It says that the free version displays Geovid's watermark on converted videos, however mine (free, unregistered!) doesn't... hmm :]

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    2. Anyone may use this software during a test period of 10 days.
    Following this test period of 10 days or less, if you wish to
    continue to use Flash To Video Encoder, you MUST register.

    So, no. You'll have to 50 bucks which is a lot. The above solutions are $10-20 cheaper.
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    >>Get Techsmith's "SnagIt" (free 30-day trial available, full version costs $40) or any other screen recording software. In SnagIt, choose "record a video of the screen", enable the "record audio" knob, and in your sound card's "recording" settings, select "Wave" as the recording input and set the volume to max. Then click the capture button in SnagIt and draw a frame around the playback area of your player. Click on start capture and playback the .swf

    this is very ..."rustic, old fashioned" as a method ! there are definitely more 'modern' methods, even on the freeware side

 

 

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