Configuration panel: settings and options

Configuration panel allows customizing default conversion settings and options. It is conveniently split into several horizontal tabs giving you full control over the conversion process. There aren’t any unusual interface items you have never come across with, and we believe this will help you master all SWF Video Converter options with pleasure. Let’s review all provided options:
  • Video options

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Output video quality slider defines the resulting Flash movie file quality by changing its bitrate. The better Flash movie quality you set, the larger file will be generated in return. We recommend you to experiment with this option to find the best quality value for each particular movie.

Add text as watermark checkbox adds a text message (watermark) to the resulting Flash movie. It will be present on every frame and is convenient for digital copyright protection of your products. You may specify exact message body in a textfield next to “Add text as watermark” checkbox. Additionally, you may change text location and direction by clicking the arrow and selecting required icon from drop-down menu.

Add image as watermark checkbox adds an image to all resulting Flash movie frames which could be used as digital copyright protection. Click  add_image button to select image file (JPG, BMP and PNG) which will be added to each frame in the output Flash movie. Additionally, you may change image location and direction by clicking the arrow and selecting required icon from the drop-down menu. There are the following options:

low_rightImage will be placed at the lower-right corner of the movie. If the image size is larger than one third of Original size it will be contracted to fit 1/3 of the width and 1/3 of the height*.
upper_rightImage will be placed at the upper-right corner of the movie. If the image size is larger than one third of Original size it will be contracted to fit 1/3 of the width and 1/3 of the height*.
upper_leftImage will be placed at the upper-left corner of the movie. If the image size is larger than one third of Original size it will be contracted to fit 1/3 of the width and 1/3 of the height*.
low_leftImage will be placed at the lower-left corner of the movie. If the image size is larger than one third of Original size it will be contracted to fit 1/3 of the width and 1/3 of the height*.
centerImage will be placed at the center of the movie. If the image size is larger than one third of Original size it will be contracted to fit 1/3 of the width and 1/3 of the height*.
expand_allImage will be placed at the center of the movie. If the image size is smaller than Original size it will be expanded to fill all space.
expand_widthImage will be placed at the center of the movie. If the image height is larger than one third of Original size it will be contracted*

* – if you want to avoid image distortion, we advise you to select image small enough to fit 1/3 of original movie frame or adjust the image size beforehand in any image editor like Adobe Photoshop or ACD Systems Image Editor.

Opacity checkbox toggles opacity option for image and text watermarks. Use the slider to change opacity value. Please, note that demo version places “Eltima SWF Video Converter – unregistered” text watermark with 50% opacity level to all converted Flash movies. As the result, image watermarks in demo version will always have 50% opacity no matter whether you have enabled opacity checkbox since it affects both text and image watermarks.

Crop source video checkbox toggles visual clippers on the preview window which outline the frame boundaries of the resulting Flash movie. As the result you may change (reduce) output Flash video dimensions. You may change output video frame size by dragging corner/side clippers and change boundaries location by moving it around. Cropping feature is useful to eradicate unwanted movie objects such as TV channel logos and time/date markers.

Resize source video checkbox permits to resize the resulting SWF/FLV movie file.

  • Audio options

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Sampling rate is the number of samples (per second) that are taken to convert analog signal into digital one. It is measured in hertz (Hz). Higher sampling rate provides better quality reproduction, however it requires more space on hard disk. Use sampling rate slider to specify output Flash sound quality. 44100 Hz is an adopted standard for audio CD, video CD and MP3 files.

Bitrate is the number of bits per given time interval (usually per second), used as a measure of information flow. The higher the bitrate is, the greater the audio resolution will be generated in the output file. 128kbps is a current MP3, audio CD and video CD files bitrate standard.

Force sound reproduction checkbox lets you change audio properties by converting mono sound to stereo (by duplicating the channel and splitting in two) and vise versa.

Mute option removes all sounds in the resulting SWF file.

Save original soundtrack into option allows saving audio stream into a separate file (MP3 format). Click add_image button to open “Save As” dialog where you may specify MP3 output file name and location.

Replace original soundtrack with option allows replace original soundtrack with your own MP3 file. To select the file, please tick checkbox, click  add_image button and in pop-up “Open file” dialog navigate to the requested sound file.

  • Output options

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Output settings

Output format option allows you select one of the three possible output Flash movie formats: SWF (MX format), SWF (Flash 3+) and FLV (Flash video). SWF MX format is the most advanced of the three which produces high quality videos with good compression rate (Sorensen H.253 bitstream). The advantage of SWF MX format is that the resulting SWF file is smaller in size, however, to be able to view it, you need Macromedia Flash player version 6 or higher. On the other hand, SWF Flash 3+ format is more universal. To play such SWF files you and your clients will need Macromedia Flash player version 3 or better. However, undocumented tags used to handle playback, worse video quality (video is, in fact, a set of JPEGs) and higher disk space requirements make this format rather dubious. If you are eager to deliver SWF movie to broad Internet audience, please convert your movie to SWF Flash 3+ format. FLV is a streaming video format. Unlike SWF file it cannot be directly used for the web page but should be called within other SWF. In this sense, FLV is intermediate file for further processing. In most cases, we recommend you to convert video into Flash MX.

Add audio/video controls to the resulting movie checkbox inserts Play/Pause, Movie Slider and Volume control into resulting SWF file.

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Create HTML page and integrate the resulting movie into it checkbox (if enabled) lets you create HTML code with embedded SWF movie. This HTML file will be located in the same directory as the resulting SWF movie and has the same name but HTM extension. You may upload this file to your web server or use HTML code in your page to publish Flash movie on the web. This option is not available if you convert movie to FLV video.

Open the resulting SWF/HTML automatically when conversion is over option (if enabled) will automatically launch HTML page once the conversion process is successfully finished.

Additional output options

  • Add controls to the resulting movie – adds control panel to the resulting SWF file.
  • Auto hide – hides automatically control panel in the resulting SWF file.
  • Embed video into SWF – tick off this checkbox to build the resulting SWF file and external FLV file, which is loaded by the player during playback. FLV file should be in the same folder as the resulting SWF file.
  • Start playing SWF Player automatically – starts automatically the resulting SWF file. Tick off this checkbox to choose the slide to show when the player is inactive.
  • Loop resulting movie – loops the resulting SWF file.
  • Opacity – sets opacity of control panel.