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Zoe Young
importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 15, 2012 at 5:01:33 pm

Hiya, hope someone can help, ideally without dissolving me in technical terms... Thanks.
I am running Avid MC6.01 on Mac OSX 10.7.4 and I need to import and edit with a flash video that appears in .swf format on the web (specifically this one: http://www.guardian.co.uk/flash/page/0,,2201916,00.html). I downloaded the clip but it won't import into Avid nor play/transform using mpeg streamclip etc. I've roamed the net for assistance and tried various supposed .swf to .mov tools, none seem to work.
I even followed one tip to use Camtasia to record the flash video playing, but the resulting .mproj file will also not import, encode to .mov etc...
It's possible I'm missing sthg obvious, and I should probably keep experimenting all night till some combination just works, but presumably I'm not the first person to want to do this... Any tips?
thanks!


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Michael Phillips
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 15, 2012 at 8:37:54 pm

The link isn't working, but have you tried download helper in FireFox with a conversion as part of the process? It mght work, but I couldn't get to your link to try it on that particular file.

Michael

Michael Phillips


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Zoe Young
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 15, 2012 at 9:01:45 pm

apologies, the closebracket became embroiled in the url
here is the link again:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/flash/page/0,,2201916,00.html


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Michael Phillips
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 15, 2012 at 9:18:01 pm

I tried to convert it after the download, but nothing would work. It appears to be more of an interactive slide deck (ala PowerPoint), than it is a video file for playback which may be the problem.

Michael

Michael Phillips


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Zoe Young
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 15, 2012 at 9:26:49 pm

Thanks for trying - any idea how I would access it if it is as you say?
Cheers,


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Michael Phillips
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 15, 2012 at 10:17:29 pm

Here is how I downloaded the file:
http://www.lancelhoff.com/how-to-download-embedded-swf-files-using-firefox/

Michael

Michael Phillips


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Zoe Young
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 15, 2012 at 10:34:30 pm

Thanks, this is as far as I managed to get so far also - anyone got any idea how to import this media into Avid so as to edit with it?
Cheers


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Daniel Frome
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 16, 2012 at 2:14:51 pm

You can import SWF files into After Effects or Premiere Pro. From there just render out a DNxHD quicktime and put it into Avid.


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Zoe Young
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 16, 2012 at 2:28:56 pm

Many thanks for the tip; Unfortunately I don't have a copy of nor know how to use either of those softwares; is this the only way?
Can anyone help me with this? It's for a charity (tax justice) project, and I'm running low on time...
Thanks!


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Daniel Frome
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 16, 2012 at 2:30:55 pm

You can download a 30 day of after effects for free. As far as I know this is the only way that works without glitches, since Adobe owns the SWF format.


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Daniel Frome
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 16, 2012 at 2:32:09 pm

Is this 1 SWF the only file you need?


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Zoe Young
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 16, 2012 at 3:09:01 pm

It is, yes


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Daniel Frome
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 16, 2012 at 3:15:04 pm

Post the SWF file to download and I'll do it. It will only take 1-2 minutes.

What resolution/framerate do you need?


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Zoe Young
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 16, 2012 at 4:00:31 pm

A million thanks.
4:3 and as high a res as possible would be fabulous. not sure how to send you the file direct on here but here it is online: http://www.guardian.co.uk/flash/page/0,,2201916,00.html


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Daniel Frome
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 16, 2012 at 4:14:56 pm

If you figure out a way to download the SWF I'll do the rest.


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Zoe Young
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 16, 2012 at 4:37:38 pm

Michael found a way above, and I have a copy here - can I email it to you?


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Daniel Frome
Re: importing .swf to avid media composer 6
on Jul 16, 2012 at 4:49:03 pm

sure danielfrome [at] gmail.com


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