Damn you YouTube. Accept flash files!
March 12, 2008 10:08 AM   Subscribe

Politically-incorrect-flash-conversion-filter: I'm trying to upload this flash image (warning: audio, adolescent humor, and probably NSFW) to YouTube, and apparently I need to convert it to video first. All the available conversion utilities seem to be for Windows, and I'm OS X based. Ideas?
posted by jytsai to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
Can you plug the URL (http://www.justintsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/CeilingHillary.swf) into Zamzar?
posted by danb at 10:23 AM on March 12, 2008

Response by poster: Zamzar doesn't support .swf
posted by jytsai at 10:28 AM on March 12, 2008

VisualHub *should* be able to do this, but I have not used it this direction (i.e. flash to video).
posted by jaimev at 10:38 AM on March 12, 2008

Will Youtube accept MOV as a format? My copy of Flash9 can export in MOV format. It's one of the choices in the "Publish settings" popup under the "File" menu.
posted by Class Goat at 10:48 AM on March 12, 2008

You probably won't be able to convert an SWF directly to a video format, since SWF is not a video format. The animation is almost certainly not encoded frame-by-frame; instead it contains bitmap and vector resources which are rendered to the screen by the flash player.

Your only option (without the original FLA source file) is probably to use something to screen-capture the animation as a video.

If someone else can suggest an SWF-to-video conversion tool I'm willing to be corrected, but it doesn't seem likely.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 10:59 AM on March 12, 2008

Look under the "HTML" tab in that popup. In the pull-down labeled "Template", one of the choices is "Quicktime".
posted by Class Goat at 10:59 AM on March 12, 2008

Best answer: This SWF is not very complicated. There's no actionscript, no unusual sprites, nothing very challenging. Even if you don't have the original FLA file, you can read it into Flash and you should be able to export it as a Quicktime.
posted by Class Goat at 11:04 AM on March 12, 2008

Response by poster: Downloaded Flash CS3 trial, exported as you recommended. Thanks Class Goat.
posted by jytsai at 11:40 AM on March 12, 2008

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