What is the best way to convert SWF video files to a standard video format?

Joshua Clarke January 9, 2012

The free Jing screen capture software only records in SWF file format, which is a pain for sharing with people. Is there a way to convert this type of file to something like MP4 or AVI? Preferably, free, un-watermarked software.

  1. fatihamzah
    September 3, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Freemake Video Converter, Easy, Nice interfaces, but needs .Net Framework at first installation before use it

  2. Joshua Clarke
    January 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I should also mention that I'm using Windows 7.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Hello, If the image doesn't show up, are you sure you have shockwave player installed in your computer?  You could also try, installing a codec pack such as K-lite.  It will give you compatibility with many multimedia formats.  Any chance you can post the capture somewhere and giving a link to it?  See if I can check it for youl.

      • Joshua Clarke
        January 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        Thank you, but CamStudio seems to be working like a charm at the moment.

        • Jay.0
          January 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

          Thanks for the feedback about cam studio.

  3. Jay.0
    January 10, 2012 at 5:11 am

    In case if you do not get your result with http://www.camstudio.org,
    you will need adobe flash installed,
    Import the swf file, and exprt movie as video.

    • Joshua Clarke
      January 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      I've tried cam studio before...but not quite as user-friendly an experience as is with Jing. But it may be my only free option.

      • Jay.0
        January 11, 2012 at 12:46 am

        Not user friendly like jing?..
        Does it mean:
        not use-friendly while recording and does not provide options of recording like Jing does ?

        I played swf files with flash player and recorded it successfully with cam studio.

        So you can record outout of Jing (swf files) with camstudio to have them as Avi files.

        (Unless you do not have a swf player, download and open your swf files with this :


        Set your swf files properties to open with this  player. (I think it will be automatically set)

        Press ctrl+f to run in full screen after opening them.

        Record extra second in the beginning for this process when you record with Jing, because it will take a second to switch to full screen.)

        Tell me if it worked for you.

  4. Aibek
    January 10, 2012 at 5:01 am

    check out some of the tools mentioned on our Best Mac Apps page, 

    Someone asked a similar question on MakeUseOf Answers about 3 months ago. Check out answers on that thread as well.

    What is the best video converter software for Mac?

    January 9, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Hello, you can use freeware media converters.  Check the following link:


    Check freemake, format factory and VLC. Make sure to pay attention when installing software, uncheck any extras that might be included with installation. For example, toolbars, search engines, etc.

    • Joshua Clarke
      January 10, 2012 at 12:38 am

      Thank you for your reply.

      Sadly, none of these programs work -- and I tried them all (except for SUPER, which looked a little fishy to me). All of these programs record audio just fine, but the video is stuck at the first frame.

      • FIDELIS
        January 10, 2012 at 12:59 am

        Hello, are you saying it looks fishy because of website looks?  Do not let that deceive you.  Program is real and it has been around for many years.  I have used the program myself.  You just have to be careful when installing it.  As you might know many freeware and paid programs install extra stuff.  As long as you do a custom install or unchecked any unneeded stuff you should be ok. 

        The reason I did not mentioned any other freeware like freemake, format factory, any video converter, media coder, etc, is because I did a quick check and none of them mentioned swf to other format conversion.  

        Have you tried VLC media player?  It is capable of converting files to other formats.  Here is a link explaining how:


        • Joshua Clarke
          January 10, 2012 at 1:27 am

          Nope, still not working -- even with SUPER. Do you have any more suggestions? Thank you for your help.

        • Jay.0
          January 10, 2012 at 4:08 am

          I read your question like this:
          "How to record screen in avi format?"

          Answer: use camstudio.


          Download cam studio:


        • FIDELIS
          January 10, 2012 at 7:19 am

          Hello, Have you tried playing your captured videos to see if video is ok?  I used a swf file I had in my old computer.  Then I used any video converter to convert it to MP4 then to AVI.  Conversion worked ok for me.  Try it:


          If you need instructions let me know.

        • Joshua Clarke
          January 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

          Yes, I do play the video -- but no image shows up. Only the audio.

          No luck with any video converter, either. It tells me that the SWF is unsuppported. My guess is that Jing encodes it somehow so that no converters can read it. I'm going to go with Cam Studio and see what I can do with that. Thanks for your help, everyone.

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