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2 Free Methods to Convert Flash to Animated GIF

“How can I get a free method to convert Flash to Animated GIF?” Questions like this can be easily found on Yahoo Answers. Though there are various ways to convert Flash to Animated GIF directly, most of them charge. For users who just want to make the conversion from SWF to Animated GIF happens for one time or two, it is really unnecessary to pay a price for corresponding apps.

Why will someone tend to get Animated GIF out of Flash file? Featured in small storage and excellent animated effects, Flash file is a desired entertainment choice. There are several advantages to convert SWF to Animated GIF. For one thing, through the conversion, one can not only gain the animated effects of the original Flash, but also get a file also featured in small storage. For another, it is a better way to solve the incompatibility of Flash to various applications. After all, it is easier to get an image scanner than a SWF player.

Therefore, this post will present you two free methods to convert Flash to Animated GIF. Comparing with those charged applications, those methods may be either time-consuming or operation-complicating. However, they are also the best choice for users who tend to convert Flash to Animated GIF for one time or two.

Method I: Adobe Premiere Pro CS4

As a powerful video editor released by Adobe, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 is a combination of video editor and video converter. Moreover, with the help of an alpha channel, Flash can be imported by Premiere CS4. Though the audio and interactive content of the Flash won’t be retained, it does no harm once you just want to convert SWF file to Animated GIF image.

Step 1: Download and launch Adobe Premiere CS4. Open it, and then choose “Import…” option in the drop-down menu of “File” to import the Flash file.

Import Flash SWF Files into Premiere Pro CS4

Step 2: Click “Export” option in the drop-down menu of “File” and select “Media…” option to enter a new panel. Then set the output file as Animated GIF in the drop-down menu of “Format“.

Choose Animated GIF

Step 3: After all those steps, click “Start Queue” option to start the conversion from SWF to Animated GIF.

Start Queue

Though Adobe Premiere CS4 also charges, it is provided for free in 30 days for new users. However, the conversion process is quite time-consuming. For a 2.3M Flash file, it takes over five minutes to manage the conversion process.

Method II: Ulead GIF Animator 5

As a professional tool designed to make Animated GIF, Ulead GIF Animator 5 not only enables you to make photos to GIF image but also video to GIF image. However since it merely support AVI video, a free way to convert SWF to AVI is required.

Step 1: Mange the conversion from SWF to AVI

1. Download and launch SWF Editor, open it and then click “Import…” in the drop-down menu of “File” to import the Flash file.

Import Flash into SWF Editor

2. Click “Export” option in the drop-down menu of “File” and then choose “Export Movie…” to export the SWF file as AVI video.

Flash to AVI

Step 2: Convert AVI to Animated GIF

1. Download and launch UIead GIF Animator 5, open it and then click “Add Video” option in the drop-down menu of “File” to import the AVI file.

Add AVI

2. After the importing, click “Save As” option in the drop-down menu of “File“. Then set the output file as Animated GIF.

AVI to GIF

3. After all those steps, the conversion from SWF to Animated GIF has completed.

Both SWF Editor and Ulead GIF Animator 5 can be used as free software for a period of time for new users. Since the AVI file you get from SWF Editor is extremely large in storage, it really takes time to manage the conversion from AVI to Animated GIF. Therefore this method is not time-costing but also operation-complicating.

Those are the two free methods to help you convert Flash to Animated GIF. Though they both are not flawless, they are best choices for users who want to do the conversion for a few times. For those who want a professional tool to manage the conversion, they can refer to Moyea SWF to Video Converter.

2 Ways to Decorate the Computer with Animated Desktop Wallpaper

When it comes to wallpapers, innovation matters. Good wallpapers can not only make your computer attractive and cool, but also please your life. Though festival wallpapers like Memorial Day Wallpapers can prevalent for a certain period, you need to change those festival wallpapers frequently to make your computer cool.

However, there is actually another choice for you. You can decorate the computer with animated desktop wallpaper which is usually Flash file. Flash wallpaper is favored for its small storage and wonderful animated effects. After you have set the Flash wallpaper as animated desktop wallpaper, you can enjoy the animated effects of the Flash movie all the time. This post will show you two ways to decorate the computer with animated desktop wallpaper.

I. Make Flash movie as animated desktop wallpaper

If you get a funny Flash movie which you want to make as animated desktop wallpaper, you can insert the Flash movie into a web page and then load the web page as desktop wallpaper. Though the method may be quite complicated, it can help you to get the best animated effects.

1. Download the Flash movie you like with Moyea Free Flash Downloader.

download Flash movie

2. Create a new text document and then type those codes into the text file.
type the code
<html>

<body>

<object classid=”clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000″ width=”1440″ height=”900″ codebase=”http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0″>

<param name=”movie” value=”C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\New Folder\524485_DrunkDriverFinal5[1].swf” />

<param name=”quality” value=”high” />

<embed type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”1440″ height=”900″ src=”C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\New Folder\524485_DrunkDriverFinal5[1].swf” pluginspage=”http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer” quality=”high”>

</embed>

</object>

</body>

</html>

The parameters of “Value” and “src” shall include the name (524485_DrunkDriverFinal5[1].swf) and location (C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\New Folder) of the Flash movie. Set the video size with “Width” and “Height” for your screen.

3. Save the text document and then change its suffix from .txt to .html to make it a web page. Right click the desktop and choose “Properties” option in the drop-down menu.

4. Click “Desktop” tab and then choose “Browser” button. Import the web page you have just created and then click “OK” button. After that, the animated desktop wallpaper has been the background of your desktop.

browser button
choose the web page
animated wallpaper

II. Convert Flash movie to animated gif image

A more easily way to help you get animated desktop wallpaper is to convert the Flash movie to animated gif image. After that you can set the animated gif image as the background of the desktop. Simple as it is, the animated effects you get may be not that satisfying.

1. Open Moyea SWF to Video Converter, click “Browser…” and choose “From Folder” to import the Flash movie.

mport Flas

2. Click “Export” tab and then check “Image series“. Set the output file as “Animated GIF” in the drop-down menu of “Profile“.

set output as animated gif

3. Choose “Convert” tab, click “Play and Capture” to start play the Flash movie and click “Finish” when the Flash ends. After that, the conversion is about to complete.
start conversion

4. Then you can set the converted animated gif image as the background of the desktop with similar operation mentioned in the first method.

Those are the two methods to help you get animated desktop wallpaper. If you want the best animated effects of the desktop wallpaper, you can refer to the first method. If you just want to do it with simple process, you can refer to the second method.

Ways to Upload SWF File to Website

I always come across the question asks that: how to upload the SWF files to website? Well, it depends on different circumstances, I ‘ll try to explain according to what I know, if you have something to add, just go ahead and let me know.

Usually, I have two ways to get the source SWF files: online flash making programs and the existed SWF files in my PC.

The former means you produce the SWF file from some online flash making programs. They can be flash banner making programs, flash chart making programs and so on. In this case, you don ‘t have to download and install the program, just do it online according to their instructions. When you finish all the editing and customizing work, the program will generate several lines of codes, and that ‘ s all you need to put in your website.

The latter means the existed SWF file with the extension .swf saved in your computer or produced by Adobe Flash CS5(the latest one). The created SWF files like this works perfectly in Internet Explorer, but doesn’t load in all netscape. Or vice versa. The reason is flash has a lot of issues with its plugin player and browser compatibility. In circumstances such as these you need to be able to convert SWF to animated GIF before uploading to your website.

Again, at least this is what i’m doing right now. Of course, you have many other options like you can directly upload the SWF file to your web server; like you can convert the SWF file to video format first, and then make a player for it, and at last, upload them all to website.

However, convert SWF to animated GIF is the easiest among all the methods because you can easily upload it to your website as the same way you upload a common picture.

Another reason to make it the easiest solution is some of your clients don’t want flash content or do not have the flash plugin. Again, in these situations, you need to be able to convert the .swf file to a .gif file so that you can display the swf image to those particular clients.

I have to emphasize here that convert SWF to animated GIF will not make it ugly! The dynamic effect of the originally SWF file keeps unchanged because you have the frame-by-frame control of the whole conversion progress and you can even customize the frame rate, image size and compression quality etc to ensure a better output.

Convert SWF to animated GIF will not cost you anything either! It ‘s free and available to get within just few clicks.

3 Steps to Convert SWF to Animated GIF with Moyea SWF to Video Pro

Step 1: Launch SWF to Video Pro and select the way you prefer to input the source SWF file.

upload swf to web1

Step 2: This SWF converter can convert SWF to Video, SWF to Video with alpha, and SWF to Image series respectively. Now choose Animated GIF as the target output format from image series style drop down menu.

upload swf to web2

Step 3: Click “Convert” to start the SWF to Animated GIF conversion.

upload swf to web3

When the conversion completes, you can upload the generated animated GIF to anywhere on the website and enjoy it as a high-quality SWF substitute.