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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic Classic
Recent versions of QuickTime haven't been able to open SWF files. For days, I've been searching for a way to convert a SWF animation to a QuickTime movie without having to downgrade QuickTime. Then I remembered -- I already have an old version of QuickTime on my system in Classic! Sure enough, the Classic version of QuickTime both opened the SWF and converted it into a QuickTime movie.

You'll need to have Quicktime Pro in Classic to make it work, and newer versions of Flash are probably not compatible with the older version of QuickTime.
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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: kirsch on Feb 19, '08 08:36:09AM

Leopard does not support Classic.
Intel-based Macs do not support Classic.

Hmm... the number of people that hace access to Mac OS 9 is rapidly shrinking.



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: gregpare on Feb 19, '08 09:07:19AM

There's always sheepshaver.



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: gregpare on Feb 19, '08 09:20:30AM

This is because Quicktime used to support swf files (up to version 3 or 5 or something, I don't recall at this point). Yes, it won't work on newer swf files. The last time I tried it I gave up and ended up using the Snapz pro demo to capture the swf. Pain in the !@#$ to convert swfs, but Snapz worked well. The biggest downfalls were the realtime capture and lining up the capture window. Anybody know of a better swf to quicktime conversion program, speak up...



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: MacKane on Feb 19, '08 10:16:58AM
FfmpegX would be what you are looking for:

http://homepage.mac.com/major4/



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: chabig on Feb 19, '08 05:19:55PM

FFmpegX doesn't support SWF files.



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: kiltbear on Feb 19, '08 10:57:09AM

Just google for and install Perian. Then QT should have no prob with flash files.



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: kiltbear on Feb 19, '08 11:02:18AM

oops, sorry, I was thinking FLV files... so I don't know if this will work.



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 20, '08 02:46:04AM

Yes indeed a very annoying issue. I used to use lots of SWF for Vjing using Modul8......like 100's.....i had to convert them all after the 7.3 update to MOVS. Luckily i had an ageing PBG4 lying around which had QT 7.2 on it. It converted the files fine to MOVS ( used Animation Codec for Alphas and PJPEG for colour SWFs)

I hope someone can write a QT plugin that can playback SWF, unlikely i know. Also trying to downgrade to QT7.2 using pacifist hosed my system good and proper....so don't advise this.

Apple once again have annoyed me and many other people by "quietly" removing features and adding unstable elements to QT. My MP4 playback is really bad stutters when it plays backwards and a whole host of other issues.

There are some programs for PC that do batch conversions, still yet to find a mac native program that does the job.



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: jyu on Feb 20, '08 09:22:17AM
Why not just use SWF and FLV player (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/28714)? Saves all the troubles of using classic and Quicktime to convert. Why do you want to convert anyway, since you can have a small app to play the files?

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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: rumirocks on Feb 21, '08 05:23:19AM
"Anybody know of a better swf to quicktime conversion program, speak up..."

VisualHub by techspansion. Great program.
http://www.techspansion.com/


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SWF animation, not FLV in SWF container
Authored by: µø˜˚´¥ on Feb 23, '08 06:00:07AM

VisualHub (and FFmpegX for that matter) can convert SWF files that are container formats for FLV video. This is why there is the checkbox for "Raw .flv format" in VisualHub under the "Flash" tab.

But SWF animations are a whole other thing. Rather than video, they consist of things like still images moving along a defined vector. As far as I know, there is no native OS X program to convert them to video.

SWF and FLV player, if you buy the Pro version, will convert SWF animation to an image sequence, which can then be converted to video using any version of QuickTime Pro.



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: jaguarz on Feb 23, '08 08:42:06AM
There's a free Preference Pane called "Perian" (http://perian.org/) that give QuickTime the ability to open swf, flv, avi, divx.... the list goes on. It's about the greatest thing since sliced bread!!!!

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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: stephenhart on Feb 24, '08 08:29:30PM

When we tried this, it worked, but only up to a point. The .swf will play, but the exported .mov file has no audio track.

According to the Perian site, there's no support for .swf.

Capturing a .swf file with SnapzPro is certainly doable, but is very time consuming.



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: dieter on Feb 25, '08 12:14:44AM
Yes, one needs the Perian plug-in ( http://perian.org/ ) to make QuickTime understand .swf and .flv files - but Quicktime Player, even in the Pro version, seems to be somehow crippled wrt Flash. MPEG Streamclip ( http://www.squared5.com/ ) isn't, and since it can use all plug-ins installed for QuickTime, it converts .flv and .swf files to any format QuickTime can generate.

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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: dieter on Feb 25, '08 01:27:34AM

Sorry, I was too quick to reply - Streamclip and Perian do .flv files only, but no .swf ones.



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: stephenhart on Feb 27, '08 09:25:40AM

Maybe I'm missing something, but I installed Perian, and it made no difference to either QuickTime Player or MPEG Streamclip. These .swf files do not open.



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: nimbleswitch on May 16, '08 09:12:26AM
jyu has it dead right in his/her comment, here.

"Why not just use SWF and FLV player
(http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/28714)?
Saves all the troubles of using classic and Quicktime to convert.
Why do you want to convert anyway, since you can have a small
app to play the files?"

Why convert away from .swf files when they are so small already? Just download them and play them with the freeware SWF & FLV player you can download from the website referenced by jyu, above here. It works great. I just now downloaded, saved, and played .flv files from ChessVideos.TV and .swf files from Internet Chess Club.

You don't need ANY program just to download them--just use Safari's own Activity window and Downloads window in the drop-down box under Window in the main menu. After you see in Activity that the big .swf or .flv file is fully loaded into the online player at the website, you just copy and paste it using Cmd-C and Cmd-V into the Downloads window. That's it. And they play back perfectly with the SWF & FLV Player.

BTW, Quicktime with Perian will run .flv files, but Quicktime will NOT run .swf files, with or without Perian.




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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: donsherio on May 25, '08 05:37:14PM

The reason WHY people want to move away from SWF files is because with the recent drop of SWF support in QT, there are issues in other applications being able to play them. Eg: Keynote uses QuickTime to play media files. When Apple updated QT and dropped the ability to play flash files, anyone who used flash in a presentation (and thats a LOT of people (including me)) LOST the ability to run their presentations with the animation or flash vids. This is why we're converting SWFs from their nice, crisp, tiny files into massive video files; because Apple made us need to.



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: donsherio on May 25, '08 05:39:01PM

*oops... don't know how this comment system works :P*

The reason WHY people want to move away from SWF files is because with the recent drop of SWF support in QT, there are issues in other applications being able to play them. Eg: Keynote uses QuickTime to play media files. When Apple updated QT and dropped the ability to play flash files, anyone who used flash in a presentation (and thats a LOT of people (including me)) LOST the ability to run their presentations with the animation or flash vids. This is why we're converting SWFs from their nice, crisp, tiny files into massive video files; because Apple made us need to.



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Convert SWF files to QuickTime movies using Classic
Authored by: nimbleswitch on May 26, '08 07:42:38AM

Hello, donsherio-

Yeah, I certainly see your concern. Dropping .swf capability from QT must have been a kick in the gut to you people with professional presentations already made. You expect improvements in a product like QT, not unimprovements. (I hate "meetings" and I'd never get myself into a position to have to give a presentation, so I'm not hit by that.) But why do you suppose Apple did that? (Were it Microsoft we were talking about, I wouldn't even ask. Same factor(s) applying, do you think?)



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