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How to Convert Flash SWF Video to MP4 for Smooth Playback

SWF is a file extension for a Shockwave Flash file format created by Macromedia and now owned by Adobe. SWF, standing for Small Web Format, is widely used over the internet. We can get SWF files by downloading from the web or creating using Adobe Flash Program. But to play SWF video files, you need to rely on the Flash Player or a web browser with Flash plugin. If you don't want to be tied down by Adobe Flash Player or web browser and want to play SWF files directly on different kinds of media players and devices, you can give a SWF to MP4 converter a shot.

Follow the guide below to transcode SWF to MP4 format for playback on media players, phones, tablets, game consoles, TVs etc. without additional codec or SWF players.

Convert SWF to MP4

Table of Contents

Part 1: How to Convert SWF to MP4 with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Many users prefer WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe to transcode SWF files to MP4 video format. The program has High Quality Engine and supports hardware acceleration, promising fast video processing speed and great quality. Tons of preset profiles polished for devices and platforms are provided. It also enables users to convert other video format, such as MKV to MP4, AVI to MOV, HEVC to H.264, you name it.

Steps to Transcode SWF to MP4 using WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Convert SWF to MP4

Step 1. Load SWF files. Free download the SWF to MP4 converter on your computer, install and launch it as guided. Then, click "+ Video" button to import the SWF files for later converting.

Step 2. Choose MP4 as your output profile. After loading SWF files successfully, output profile windows will pop up automatically. You can select MP4 from "General Profiles" category or choose other MP4 profile from other categories "Device Profile", "Web Video Profile" and "Common Video Profile".

Step 3. Specify destination folder to store the MP4 files converted from SWF files.

Tips: For advanced users, they can customize the output MP4 file by modifying the image quality, changing video/audio codec, setting bit rate/frame rate/resolution, trimming unwanted video clips, cropping extra area, loading subtitle, etc.

Step 4. Begin converting SWF to MP4. Simply tap "RUN" button to get SWF to MP4 conversion started.

Part 2: How to Change SWF to MP4 with Adobe After Effects

Video editors such as Adobe After Effects allows you to change video format by output settings. This is limited to modifying container formats. It doesn't work all the time. If you have After Effects installed, you can try it first before resorting to other ways.

Export MP4 from SWF with Adobe After Effects
Export MP4 from SWF with Adobe After Effects

Step 1. Run Adobe After Effects and import your SWF video by heading to File - Import - Import File, and select the source .swf video.

Step 2. Drag the file into the Render queue.

Step 3. In the render queue, modify the output settings to what you want.

Part 3: How to Convert SWF Files into MP4 with VLC

VLC Media Player can do basic video conversion job. If you have VLC installed on your computer, use VLC to converting video file to MP4 format. It requires six steps to do the work, but it's easy.

VLC Convert SWF to MP4
VLC Convert SWF to MP4

Step 1. Open VLC media player, click the Media button at the top. Select Convert/Save.

Step 2. Click Add, and select the source SWF video to load.

Step 3. Click Convert/Save.

Step 4. Click Convert / Save at the bottom and the Convert window will appear.

Step 5. Click the Profile drop-down icon, and select 'Video - H.264 + MP3 (MP4)'. Then Click the Browse button and select a destination folder to save the processed video.

Step 6. Click the Start button to start transcoding .swf to .mp4.


author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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