SWF & FLV Toolbox 4 Known issues

  • Screensaver, converted with SWF & FLV Toolbox, cannot be looped…

“Loop” command can be applied only when the last frame of SWF file is reached. Some SWF files may contain ActionScript that can trick Flash Player by rewinding the movie to frame #0 or by giving the command to stop when the last frame is reached. Therefore, such SWF files cannot be looped.

  • Can’t convert sounds during SWF to video conversion…

Obviously your original SWF contains a sprite or several sprites with their own timelines. If a sound is placed inside a sprite, it is not present on the main timeline. SWF & FLV Toolbox processes playback (during frames capture) of frames that are on the main timeline only. SWF & FLV Toolbox doesn’t process playback of Flash objects with their own timeline. Therefore this SWF file cannot be converted frame-by-frame. Try to convert your file interactively. It will allow you to capture and record animation as it plays on the screen.

  • When converting SWF into images or video I get only blank image…

The most possible problem can be that the original SWF contains a sprite or several sprites with their own timelines. That means that once Flash player has moved to the frame with mentioned sprite, it will play the sequence of frames which is not present on the main timeline, and in some sense, is independent. SWF & FLV Toolbox processes playback (during frames capture) of frames that are on the main timeline only. SWF & FLV Toolbox doesn’t process playback of Flash objects with their own timeline. When you convert SWF with just one sprite that invokes its sequence of frames, you will get the first (and single) image.

To check the selected SWF file, please, refer to file info. Most likely you will see that it contains one frame. In order to check if a particular frame contains the sprite, please, move the slider to the required frame and check if the image is changing. If you have found out that your SWF file contains the sprite objects, then you will get the first image of the sprite (if you are converting to images). However, if you are converting SWF into video, you can enable “Convert interactively” option and record the video saving every single frame of your file.

  • “Stop recording on movie end” option doesn’t work when I capture some of my SWF files interactively…

Indeed, some SWF files don’t reach the last frame, for example those Flash movies that have “Try again” buttons or the like. In such or similar situations we recommend you to stop recording the movie manually (using “End” button).

  • The resulting GIF is larger than the original SWF file…

First of all we would like to pay your attention to the fact that SWF format is vector. And GIF is a bitmapped format. Of course GIF is always larger than SWF. Also every next frame of the SWF file is created by modifying the previous one, while in GIF (animated one) every frame is a separate image. That is why the images make the GIF file size increase significantly.

  • The resulting SWF file contains artifacts when converting FLV into SWF…

Most likely your FLV file has variable FPS. When converting FLV into SWF apply “Force recoding” option which permits to recode contents of FLV file and thus allows getting high-quality resulting SWF file.

  •  I get a video with artifacts when converting SWF to video…

When converting SWF to video, don’t forget to tick “Verify dimensions” checkbox in “Resize and crop” tab. It permits SWF & FLV Toolbox to check video size automatically and, if needed, to adjust it for correct conversion results.

  • When trying to convert a SWF or FLV file to video and choosing the higher resolution, the conversion process doesn’t come to an end…

Most likely DivX codec with default configuration is selected in SWF & FLV Toolbox video settings. If you want to use DivX codec (make sure you have the latest version installed), you have to change DivX codec configuration to convert SWF or FLV to video with the higher resolution. To do this press “Configure codec” button in SWF & FLV Toolbox (“Video settings” tab) and select one of HD video profiles in DivX Codec Properties.

  • Projector EXE files, created by a third-party application (not by Adobe Flash) are not supported.