Pinterest Stumbleupon Whatsapp

00 SWF & FLV Player logo.jpgTime moves a lot faster in the virtual world. Less than a decade ago, embedding videos to websites was an absurd concept. Now it is exactly the opposite, videos are everywhere. People have no choice but to consume hundreds of megabytes of streaming video as their snacks.

Unfortunately, unless you are living in Finland, a broadband internet connection is not one of your human rights. Most of us still have to put up with snail speed connections and watching “coughing” streaming videos is a torture. That’s why people come up with many 18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet 18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet Read More alternative How To Download Streaming Video with DownloadHelper How To Download Streaming Video with DownloadHelper Read More methods 4 Quick Ways To Download YouTube Videos Off The Net 4 Quick Ways To Download YouTube Videos Off The Net Don't have a stable connection? You can still enjoy your favorite YouTube videos in high quality and at any times. All you have to do is choose one of the tools below, choose your format... Read More to download Play and Download YouTube Videos On Your Mac with MacTubes Play and Download YouTube Videos On Your Mac with MacTubes Read More web videos Get Any Youtube Video to Your iPhone/iPod Touch in 2 Clicks [Mac] Get Any Youtube Video to Your iPhone/iPod Touch in 2 Clicks [Mac] Read More .


The problem is, while most browsers can play web videos by default (with a little help from plugins), you need a dedicated application to play the downloaded file. Instead of looking for media players which support Flash videos (the common format of web videos), why don’t we use an application that was specifically built to play Flash files? Something like SWF & FLV Player.

Go Beyond Videos

SWF & FLV Player is a free app – available for Windows and Mac – that you can use to play all kinds of common Flash files that you would find on the net like movies and games.

To try the software, I downloaded a YouTube video and then opened it using SWF & FLV Player.

play flash files

The video is played in the main window.

play flash files

The playback control is opened in a separate panel where you can play/pause. fast forward, rewind, increase/decrease the volume, adjust the zoom, etc. There’s also a tiny preview screen that you can reveal/hide.

play flash files

But the app can do a lot more than play Flash files. I tried playing one small SWF game that I downloaded years ago using Safari Downloading Difficult Multimedia Files Using The Safari Browser Downloading Difficult Multimedia Files Using The Safari Browser Read More and everything went well without any glitch. All the game controls is functional.

play flash games

The app also allows you to open Flash files on the web. If you know the exact location of the file, something like “http://www.whateveraddress.com/flashfile.swf“, you can use the “File – Open URL” menu.

play flash games

Then write down the address in the pop up window and click OK.

play flash games

But if you only know the address of the site (which has a flash movie), use the “File – Download online Flash movies” menu instead. Write down the site address, click browse, then SWF & FLV Player will analyze the site and list all the files on that address which are supported. You can treat the page as you normally do in the browser, or you can choose one of the filter results and click Preview to watch it.

flash video player

The paid Pro version of the app allows you to save the flash files to your hard drive. So you will have more convenient ways to download flash files from the net. There are more advanced features in the Pro version for those who need extra bells and whistles.

Another noteworthy feature of this app is the ability to manage flash files in a playlist. Open the Playlist window using the “Window – Playlist” menu.

flash video player

Then you can manage your playlist from the playlist window. Beside adding and removing files, the playlist also allows you to repeat and shuffle.

flash video player

There are many ways that you can use to download flash videos from the web, there are also multimedia players that are capable of playing flash videos. But SFW & FLV Player lets you do everything from one place. Plus this one does flash games too.

Have you tried SWF & FLV Player? Do you know other alternatives? Share your thoughts and opinions using the comments below.

  1. Aibek
    June 6, 2010 at 7:57 am

    well I suppose the question here is what is on that file. If the
    material on the file is legal than it's legal. However if the file
    contents are copyrighted than it's illegal to distribute it without
    permission regardless of the file format.

    Aibek

  2. liam
    June 5, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    is it legal to put a .swf game file on your website's server so you can host it?

    • Aibek
      June 6, 2010 at 5:57 am

      well I suppose the question here is what is on that file. If the
      material on the file is legal than it's legal. However if the file
      contents are copyrighted than it's illegal to distribute it without
      permission regardless of the file format.

      Aibek

  3. JunglePrince * Hacker
    May 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

    There is another way to download SWF games. No need to download or install SWF player! You only need Mozilla Firefox to download and you can play the downloaded game in any browser! for more informations.... E-mail me: chaos_paradise@live.com

  4. Aibek
    April 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    My app of choice is xVideoServiceThief

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/x...

  5. Aibek
    April 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm
  6. Nat Jay
    April 28, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Useful article for those who download Youtube videos. I use Swiff Player, though VLC player has been my default app for the most part.

    By the way, I didn't know broadband internet was a legal right in Finland. It is both curious and liberating at the same time -- specially when you compare it with the rest of the world.

  7. Nat Jay
    April 28, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Useful article for those who download Youtube videos. I use Swiff Player, though VLC player has been my default app for the most part.

    By the way, I didn't know broadband internet was a legal right in Finland. It is both curious and liberating at the same time -- specially when you compare it with the rest of the world.

  8. colarmac
    April 28, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Nice guide, it's useful for me. I also found a guide regarding how to download flash video, share it here.
    http://www.reviewstown.com/how...

  9. Anonymous
    April 28, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Nice guide, it's useful for me. I also found a guide regarding how to download flash video, share it here.
    http://www.reviewstown.com/how-to-download-convert-website-flash-video.html

  10. ops
    April 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Now use firefox with downloadhelper

    http://www.downloadhelper.net/

    right-click on the webpage and download the file in flash or mp4, then I look at everything with K-Lite Codec Pack, my favorite!

    http://www.codecguide.com/down...

    However SWF & FLV Player seem interesting, thanks Make!

  11. ops
    April 27, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Now use firefox with downloadhelper

    http://www.downloadhelper.net/

    right-click on the webpage and download the file in flash or mp4, then I look at everything with K-Lite Codec Pack, my favorite!

    http://www.codecguide.com/download_mega.htm

    However SWF & FLV Player seem interesting, thanks Make!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *