How to Convert FLV to SWF FFmpeg

Flash Video (FLV) can easily be converted into the standard Adobe Flash (SWF) format if needed. FFmpeg is a command line conversion tool designed to convert audio and video streams across multiple formats. FFmpeg allows you to convert just audio streams or video streams while retaining other information in the multimedia container. FFmpeg is built in to most Linux distributions. The conversion method is not wholly successful as it depends on how your FLV files were created and encoded. An alternative method is available that simply copies the streams if conversion is unsuccessful.

Instructions

  1. Reencoding FLV to SWF

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      Open your Linux Terminal (this differs depending on your distribution--consult your distribution's user documentation if in doubt).

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      Type "ffmpeg -i file1.flv file2.swf" without the quotation marks.

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      Change "file1.flv" to the location and name of your FLV you want to convert.

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      Change "file2.swf" to the name you want to title your converted file type.

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      Press "Enter" or "Return" on your keyboard.

    Copying Audio and Video Streams from an FLV to SWF

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      Open your Linux Terminal (this differs depending on your distribution--consult your distribution's user documentation if in doubt).

    • 2

      Type "ffmpeg -i file1.flv -acodec copy -vcodec copy file2.swf" without quotation marks.

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      Change "file1.flv" to the location and file name of your FLV.

    • 4

      Replace "file2.swf" with your preferred output file name.

    • 5

      Press "Enter" or "Return" on your keyboard for the audio and video streams to be copied.

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