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How do I Convert FLV to SWF?

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To convert FLV to SWF you will need a computer program with the functionality necessary to make the conversion. If you are using professional software to create Flash® videos, then you may already have the tools necessary to make the conversion. The simplest way to make the conversion without the professional software, however, is to download a program that will allow you to convert between those file types, and most programs will also allow you to work with a number of other file types as well. These programs are often somewhat expensive, and a purely freeware version may not exist. To convert FLV to SWF, you would only need to follow the proper steps depending on the program you are using.

FLV files are a type of Flash® file that typically consist of vector-based graphics, such as those created in other illustration software programs. An FLV will usually be used in making Flash® animations and can be fairly easily created using a number of different programs. SWF files, on the other hand, are typically used for non-animated videos and consist of a single piece of video information and one stream of audio data. To convert FLV to SWF, you will need to either have some professional Flash® software that can allow you to create files or a converter program.

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You can often use professional Flash® software to convert FLV to SWF since these programs will often allow you to open these files and save as these file types. This means you may be able to simply open the existing FLV file and then save it as an SWF file instead. While this option may not always work, if you have the software already, then you may want to consider trying it to convert FLV to SWF before purchasing another program.

If you are trying to convert FLV to SWF with a file that you have received or downloaded and wish to change file types but do not have proprietary Flash® software, then you will likely need to use a converter program. These will typically cost you money, and free trial versions may have limitations on file sizes or place a watermark on the converted file unless you buy the full version. While different programs will work somewhat differently, typically they will allow you to open or import an FLV file and then save or export the file as an SWF file. You can usually change the name of the file as well, when you save or export it, and you may be able to make other minor edits and changes as well.

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