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Methods to Edit Flash SWF File with 3 Different Video Editors

As an Adobe Flash file format, SWF is widely applied to multimedia, vector graphics and action script. Widely used in online video websites like YouTube or online Flash gaming center, Flash SWF plays an important role in people’s daily entertainment. Though the dominance of Flash SWF is threatened by new technologies like HTML 5, Flash SWF will still be people’s only choice in those fields in the next three years.

Generally speaking, Adobe Flash Player is required for viewing Flash file while Macromedia Flash 8 is a necessity to edit the SWF file. However, to edit Flash SWF file with Macromedia Flash 8, one needs to convert the SWF file to FLA file in the first place. When the edition completes, one needs to export the FLA file as Flash SWF file again. To be honest, the operations are quite troublesome and complicated.

Therefore, this post will present you ways to edit Flash SWF file with 3 different video editors. Among those video editors, some can used as Flash editors directly while others need an extra conversion process.

I. SWF Editor

As a professional Flash editor, SWF Editor can support the import of Flash SWF file directly for further editing. To import the Flash file, click “Import…” option, select the Flash SWF file and then click “Open” button. Since SWF Editor is equally powerful as Macromedia Flash 8, one can edit the imported Flash SWF file freely. Moreover, new users can use SWF Editor for free in 30 days.

Import Flash to SWF Editor

II. Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11

Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 is non-linear video editing software that is equally powerful as Sony Vegas Pro. As the latest version of Sony Vegas Movie Studio series, Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 can support the import of Flash SWF file. After the importing process, one can edit those SWF files with Vegas Movie Studio Platinum HD 11. Follow those steps.

1. Download and launch Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11.

2. Import Flash SWF file. To import the SWF file, click “Project” and then choose “Import Media“.

Import SWF for Vegas

3. Edit the Flash SWF file. Drag the imported Flash file to the Timeline zone and then one can edit the Flash file with those functions given by Vegas Movie Studio 11.

Add to Timeline

III. Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is probably the most popular video editors in the world. As a video editor small in storage and simple in operation, it is quite welcomed by Windows users. Since it can only support the import of WMV/AVI/MPEG video, one needs to convert the SWF file to AVI video for Windows Movie Maker. Follow those steps.

1. Download and launch Moyea SWF to Video Converter. Open it and click “Browser…” button. Choose “From Folder” option to import the desired SWF file.

Import SWF for converter

2. Click “Export” tab and check “Video“. Then set the output file as AVI video in the drop-down menu of “Style“.

Flash SWF to AVI

3. Click “Convert” tab and then click “Play and Capture” to start capturing. When the SWF file ends, click “Finish” button to start the conversion process.

Start the conversion

4. Open Windows Movie Maker and then click “Import Video” option in the drop-down menu of “Capture Video” to import the Flash file. Then one can edit the AVI file with Windows Movie Maker freely.

Import Flah SWF to Movie Maker

Those are the methods to edit Flash SWF file with three different video editors. One can edit the Flash file with SWF Editor and Vegas Movie Studio Platinum HD 11 directly after the importing operation. However, to edit SWF file with Windows Movie Maker, one needs to convert SWF file to AVI video first.

Be a Part of Flash Mob to Celebrate New Year 2011 Uniquely

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Hello, newbies, when the first time you hear Flash Mob, I guess your immediate reaction is to think is this flash the same one as flash swf file that we always talk about here and what kind of tools we can use to convert it to regular video for easy playback on more platforms.

Well, I admit I had the same first reaction as you did. However, flash mob and flash are totally two different things! They share nothing in common except the same English word – “flash”. Seriously, flash mob refers to a large group of people who assemble suddenly via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then disperse.

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Some basic background info about flash mob you should know:

The first flash mob – created in Manhattan in May 2003, by Bill Wasik, senior editor of Harper’s Magazine. The first attempt was unsuccessful but the second one was, which subsequently occurred on June 3, 2003 at Macy’s department store.

Notable flash mob 1 – the second largest and well-known flash mob was the April 2006 silent disco in London. At various London Underground stations, people gathered with their portable music devices, and at a set time began dancing to their music. It was reported that more than 4,000 people participated at London Victoria station.

Notable flash mob 2 – the world’s largest flash mob to date: Worldwide Pillow Fight Day (or International Pillow Fight Day) was a pillow fight flash mob that took place on March 22, 2008. Over 25 cities around the globe participated in the first “international flash mob”.

Will you be a part of flash mob to celebrate New Year 2011?

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I personally think it is a good idea and definitely you can give it a try! New Year 2011 is just around the corner and a flash mob new year celebration is no doubt a unique start. By the way, the only flash mob I have participated is Free Hugs, wow, that feels good! LOL!

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.

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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.

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

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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.

Watch Flash Safely-Be Aware of Flash Virus

Flash is a very common format used to deliver animations over Internet. Flash brings us a lot fun but at the same time, flash viewers have to concern the security issues as well. The first flash file virus WF/LFM.926 appeared in early 2002 but was fortunately refused by patch tools emergently released from Macromedia company. However, just after two years in November, 26th, 2004, another new virus DJ2005 (Win32.Troj.QQMydj2005) which can be downloaded automatically with the flash file was found. When you are browsing the exquisite flash files, be extremely careful if another website is opened simultaneously or an irrelevant program is downloaded automatically, because that might be the virus! It can modify explorer. exe process and registry, besides, it can also send messages through QQ to cajole other users.

Strategies: first, scan DJ2005 trojans through free online virus check http://scan.kingsoft.com/; second, make sure your virus database is up to date to prevent any new virus; third, make sure your flash player, flash converter or other flash relevant programs are clean and safe, 100% virus free.