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So here's the story...

I created a pretty sweet promotional "movie" using Adobe After Effects CS5.5 (trial version) for a website I'm launching and I'm very happy with the result... BUT....

The program saves completed projects in .swf format. I've been trying to figure out how to actually use this file on my website (inside of my optimize press format, not just on an html page) in its current form.

Each time I upload it to youtube to use... or "convert" it to another format... or record my screen while it's playing... I experience a severe loss of quality or get an outright unusable result.

What can I do about this? I would hate to scrap the project.. Surely there's a way to work around the file type that I haven't thought of.

Any ideas??


Cheers,
-Adrian Intveldt
#adobe #flash #killing #swf
  • Profile picture of the author ryanmilligan
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    I can't think of anything. But I will ask a friend who is big into video creation and see what he says.

    "I'll be back" in terminator voice.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adrian Int
      Awesome, thanks.

      The trouble I've been having stems from the fact that an swf file is not so much a video as it is a series of pictures executed in a particular order.... if that makes sense :-/... this is not my area of expertise as I already mentioned.. haha.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
        I'm not quite sure what you're doing, but you should be rendering the project as an AVI file (not exporting as SWF). In the top menu bar, look for Composition -> Add to Render Queue.

        After the file has been rendered, you can use Adobe Media Encoder (which either comes with the free trial or is available free from the Adobe website) to convert the AVI file to an MP4. This produces a high-quality video file.

        Does that help?
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  • Profile picture of the author Shoot
    Gail got this right.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Are you using Camstudio? If not, then it would be a great software to create your high quality videos with... and save them as AVI files. You should consider buying a video creation tool to handle this project for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adrian Int
      Originally Posted by Gail_Curran View Post

      I'm not quite sure what you're doing, but you should be rendering the project as an AVI file (not exporting as SWF). In the top menu bar, look for Composition -> Add to Render Queue.

      After the file has been rendered, you can use Adobe Media Encoder (which either comes with the free trial or is available free from the Adobe website) to convert the AVI file to an MP4. This produces a high-quality video file.

      Does that help?
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      Yes it does!... Thank you sir. Now I have a new problem but at least progress is being made!

      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Are you using Camstudio? If not, then it would be a great software to create your high quality videos with... and save them as AVI files. You should consider buying a video creation tool to handle this project for you.
      For my on-screen video recording needs I use CamStudio with the lossless codec - works great!
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  • Profile picture of the author almiller
    Don't save the file. swf is Shockwave flash format which is adobe's default format for motion pictures. Use the "export" or "render" options in the menu bar. Here you can select the desired format.
    There is no use for screen recording or file conversion. After Effects can produce videos directly in a range of formats.
    Using Camtasia will cost you money... stay away.
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  • Profile picture of the author temlawn
    Hello,
    Here you go:
    Insert SWF into html page [html]

    and use flowplayer:
    http://flowplayer.org/

    Thx.
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