Shockwave Flash is one of many widely available formats that videographers use to publish video on the Internet. TechSmith is the company that develops the Camtasia software that captures snapshot video of the computer screen. Users embed the SWF-formatted video file into a web page after editing is complete. When the audience visits the web page, usually they simply click "Play" to begin watching the streaming video in Camtasia, which is also a part of the web page. However, some users prefer to download the video to their hard drive rather than using the browser for playback. If you would like to capture SWF video streams, all you need is an extra browser component.
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Navigate to the "Add-Ons" website for the Internet browser that is installed on the computer. Type "SWF" and "FLV" (Flash Video) in the search box on the web page. Press "Enter." Click on any of the browser add-on programs, preferably one that is free of charges. Follow the developer's instructions on the web page to download and install the add-on. Using Mozilla's Firefox browser as an example, the "FlashGot" add-on detects and downloads SWF and FLV streaming files on web pages that use Camtasia.
Access the add-ons settings, if necessary, to instruct the program to detect SWF files. For example, in Firefox, click "Tools" and then "Add-Ons." Scroll down to find and click on "FlashGot." Click "Options." Click the "Downloads" tab. Type "SWF" in the blank text box. Click "Add" to instruct FlashGot to detect the SWF file extension. Click "OK."
Bring up the web page that has embedded SWF video. Click "Play."
Right-click on the web page to show the context menu. Select the menu option that is for the installed add-on. Click the option that indicates downloading the streaming embedded SWF file. Using FlashGot's add-on as an example, the menu option is "FlashGot Media." This indicates that the add-on has detected the embedded SWF file extension and it is ready to download the file to the hard drive.
Select a folder or letter (for example, C or D) on the hard drive to store and save the SWF file. Wait and monitor the Internet browser while it completes the download of the embedded SWF video.
Tips and warnings
- Double-click the SWF file to begin playing it on your computer.
- If you don't have a compatible SWF player installed on the PC, download and install any freeware available on the Internet, such as the "FLV Player" (see Resources).
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