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Convert SWF to MP4

There are several ways to convert a SWF file to MP4, either on the computer itself, through specialized software for that purpose, or online through a web page dedicated to that.

In the first instance we will establish some similarities and differences between a SWF and MP4 file.

SWF Format

SWF is a format designed to store vector graphics and animations, it can contain sound, video, text and other data. Such files are widely used to create animations, games, and play video and audio on web pages. SWF files can be opened with Adobe Flash Player or with a browser that has the flash plug-in installed.

MP4 Format

MP4 is an extension defined by the MPEG-4 video standard and the AAC audio standard. It is a container that supports all types of media such as video, audio, subtitles, 2D and 3D graphics. It is possible to open the MP4 file with almost any player on Windows, it is not the case on Mac which must use a plugin.

SWF to MP4 Conversion

As you can see, both formats support multimedia video and audio, the main difference is in the playback mode and the way of interaction with the user. In SWF format users have the possibility to interact with the content, which makes it perfect for programming interactive games and videos. In MP4 the interaction is limited to very few functions such as changing subtitles, among others.

Now we will discuss how to convert a SWF file to MP4.

The first step we will do on the desktop itself using VLC Player as a means of converting the file.

  • Open the VLC App, in the Media Convert / Save menu
  • Find the SWF file with the Add button, then click the Convert / Save button
  • In the drop-down list "Profile" choose the MP4 format, and then in "Destination" choose the destination folder and the name of the output file.
  • Click on Start and the conversion will begin

It is important to know that not all SWF files are susceptible to conversion, especially games, because they have interactivity that would not be compatible with the MP4 format.

Now we will see how to convert SWF file to MP4 online

The process is quite simple, for this we will use the website

  • Select the file (s)
  • Choose the MP4 format
  • Click on the Start button and download the output file

As mentioned above, not all SWF files will be susceptible to being converted to a container like MP4. Therefore, you must choose well which file to convert.

File Extension Info

SWF Quick Info
  Adobe Flash File
  application/vnd.adobe.flash-movie    application/x-shockwave-flash   application/futuresplash
Opens with
  Adobe Flash Player
  Adobe Flash Player Projector