The SWF file extension corresponds to the Small Web Format file type, originally developed by Macromedia and now owned and controlled by Adobe. SWF (pronounced "Swiff") files are small animations designed for use on the Web. The FLV or Flash Video format is another Adobe product; Flash videos are similar to SWFs but typically contain streaming movie data rather than animations, and use the Flash Web plug-in. You can convert between the two formats with a free online tool.
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Open media-convert.com (see Resources) and select "Choose File." Find the SWF you want to convert. Media-convert has a maximum file size of 200 MB.
Select "SWF" as your input format. Pick "FLV" for your output container.
Click the "OK" button to convert to Flash. Click on the provided download link to receive your FLV file.
Load mediaconverter.org (see Resources).
Click "Upload a file" and pick the SWF file you want to convert. Pick Flash as your target format. Free users of Mediaconverter are restrained by a maximum upload size of 100 MB.
Click "Start" to convert to the FLV format. Once the conversion is complete, click the download link to snag your new file.
Open Zamzar.com (see Resources).
Click "Choose File" and find the SWF to convert. Pick FLV as your target format. Free users of Zamzar are limited to a maximum file upload size of 100 MB.
Enter your e-mail address into the window and click the "Convert" button. You'll receive an e-mail with an FLV download link.
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