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Flash video (FLV) is really popular on the internet, and if you like to keep your favorite YouTube videos on your personal computer, we’ve written some great guides about how to download those videos 18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet 18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet Read More . The downside is that you’ll usually need a FLV video player to watch them again, and you most likely won’t be able to use them on other devices like your mobile phone or iPod/iPad.

In this giveaway, we’re going to let 25 lucky readers get their hands on a free copy of SWF & FLV Toolbox 4 worth almost $1000 in total! This software does more than just convert YouTube videos; it can convert video files into custom screensavers and animated GIFs, and offers one-click conversion (with the option to play with all the settings you’d like!).

Converting FLV Files to AVI Movie Files

As useful as my computer is, I find myself using it less and less. Instead, I’m using my mobile phone to interact with my digital content, so the FLV files I’ve saved to my computer are now sitting there unused. SWF & FLV Toolbox 4 lets me easily convert those FLV files into AVI files which can be played on all of my devices.

To convert a FLV file to an AVI file, simply open up SWF & FLV Toolbox 4 and select your source file (in my case, I wanted to convert the best video on YouTube to an AVI).

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You can click the Play button to verify the video loaded properly, then select the format you want to convert it to.  In my case, I wanted to convert it to a video file. After selecting the output file location, click CONVERT to start the process!

If you’re like me and like messing with output configurations, click the Show Advanced settings button to gain access to settings like video file format, codec, framerate, and quality. You can also crop or resize the output video.

The conversion process is pretty quick, but will be dependent on the size of the video you’re converting and your desired output quality. The Double Rainbow Song video took <5 minutes to fully convert. If you’ve got a large file, you can simply set your computer to turn off when it’s finished!

If you’re dealing with a whole pile of FLV files that need to be converted, clicking the Convert many files tab at the top of the application will give you a handy batch file converter. It works just like the single file converter, but allows you to select an entire directory of files.

Converting a Video File to an Animated GIF

You know those great animated GIFs that are always popping up in internet forums?  Now you can make your own with SWF & FLV Toolbox 4.

All you need to do is open a video file like before, but this time select Convert to images as your output.

If it didn’t open automatically, you’ll want to take a look at the Advanced Settings for this operation. You can output the video as a series of JPEG/GIF still images, but the best option is to select an Animated GIF. Select your desired image quality, click CONVERT, and you’ll instantly have a custom animated GIF.

Creating a Custom Screen Saver

Creating a custom screen saver is a fun way to personalize your computer and can be easily accomplished with SWF & FLV Toolbox 4. Select Convert to SCR just after selecting your input file(s) to start the process.

Once again, I recommend checking out the Advanced Settings area where you can add a title to your screen saver and add links to a website of your choice (great for personal branding).

Conclusion

SWF & FLV Toolbox 4 has many more features, including the ability to interchangeably convert between SWF and FLV and convert video files to stand-alone .EXE (executables).  Files stores as .EXE no longer need a player to be installed on a PC, so you can take your videos anywhere you want. Converting a FLV file to a SWF has the added bonus of built-in playback controls, customizing the quality of the video, and customizing the player’s appearance.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.


STEP 1
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And that’s it! You’re done!

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, September 17th at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

[update] And the winners are …

  1. Sam Jones
  2. Ron Lemaster
  3. Susan Crandle
  4. Bartosz Chmura
  5. Kunal Dagli
  6. Vincent Peters
  7. Chaz Banto
  8. Wasantha Herath
  9. Colin Fox
  10. Bob Hazlewood
  11. Chiranthaka Sampath Jayakody
  12. Robert Ocheltree
  13. Char-Lou Benedict
  14. Mark Dyson
  15. Reza Ghaemi
  16. Katerina Kerasta
  17. Wayne Mccollough
  18. Joseph Palmieri
  19. Habeen Chang
  20. Markku Borén
  21. Wade Potter
  22. Isaac J
  23. Scott Fisher
  24. Himanshu Dhaga
  25. Anthony Woods

Congratulations! Your licenses will be sent via email.

MakeUseOf would like to thank Eltima Software for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

  1. Michael T. Whelan
    September 27, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Thank you for your tips! Now things become easier for me. I think it's a good start for personal branding. Charmed Life Formula offers consultation related to this.

  2. Evandro
    September 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Hello friends!
    Let me ask you:
    The winners of the contest for the program Eltima SWF Toolbox have been announced?
    I can't find it on the site, e sometimes I have some troubles with my e-mail server, that's I am asking you.
    Thanks a lot!
    Evandro.

  3. Evandro
    September 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Hello friends!
    Let me ask you:
    The winners of the contest for the program Eltima SWF Toolbox have been announced?
    I can't find it on the site, e sometimes I have some troubles with my e-mail server, that's I am asking you.
    Thanks a lot!
    Evandro.

  4. Paul G.
    September 15, 2010 at 3:48 am

    It would be fun to win this as this giveaway ends on my birthday

    Good luck to all!

  5. Paul G.
    September 15, 2010 at 1:48 am

    It would be fun to win this as this giveaway ends on my birthday

    Good luck to all!

  6. Nottelling
    September 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    VLC?

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