How to Convert Video to Flash FLV/SWF/F4V for Online Watching

March 12, 2020Jenny Ryan

It is very convenient to insert a video on a web for showing the players what you want to show.

However, when you upload the video to the server, you try to click the play button, and find nothing happens.

What is going on?

Actually, all the videos can playback with Adobe Flash player over the Internet, and the videos are called Flash videos.

For making the Flash videos playable on a web, you should make sure the video format is in SWF, F4V or FLV, which is the Adobe Flash Player supports.

Therefore, to share a video on a web over the Internet, you should convert videos to Flash SWF or FLV files.

It is easy to achieve the goal in this post in 2 ways.

Continue reading and find the answer.

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Part 1. How to Convert Video to Flash FLV/SWF/F4V on the Desktop

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Step 1: Free download this software to your computer. Launch it and run this software on your computer. Click Add File to import one or more video files into this software.

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Step 2: Select Flash video supported formats, SWF, FLV or F4V from the drop-down list of Profile.

Flash video

If you would like, just click Settings next to the output file to customize the video and audio codec. If you want to compress the video file size, the bitrate settings are exact for you.


Step 3: Click Convert to start converting video to Flash video files.

You are optional to use the Edit button in the main interface to edit the video effects before uploading it online.


Part 2. How to Free Convert Video to Flash FLV/SWF/F4V Online

If you do not want to download the Flash video converter on your computer, just try the free online video converter.

Aiseesoft Free Online Video Converter is the free video to Flash video converter online. It lets you add almost any video format into this utility, and then convert to Flash FLV files. Moreover, this free Flash video converter supports batch conversion to save your time. You can also adjust the output FLV setting of codec, sample rate, bitrate and more.

Step 1. Go to the free online Flash video converter, click Add Files to Convert and you are prompted to download and install the converter launcher in seconds.

Step 2. After the successful installation, you need to select the video file that you need to convert to Flash.

Step 3. Tick the checkbox of FLV at the bottom, and click Convert, this converter will convert video to FLV and download the converted file automatically.

Note: You are allowed to click the settings icon next to the output to adjust the FLV resolution, bitrate, encodec, etc.


Part 3. FAQs of Converting Video to Flash

What is Flash file format?

Flash video is a container file format used to deliver the TV shows, movies, videos and other digital content over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player 6 and above. Flash video has 2 file formats, FLV and F4V. FLV is encoded video and audio same as SWF file, while F4V file is based on the ISO media file. In the latest Adobe Flash Player 10, Flash video file is encoded with H.264 video and AAC or MP3 audio and SWF and F4V are the supported formats.

How do I convert Flash video to MP4?

For converting Flash video to MP4 for playing on more portable devices, you should use the Flash video converter to complete it. The converters in this post, Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate and Free Online Video Converter can convert Flash videos to MP4 files by following the similar steps. Add Flash video files, select MP4 as the output and click Convert to start changing Flash videos to MP4 files.

What will replace Flash Player in 2020?

Adobe Systems will officially stop updating and distributing Adobe Flash on December 31, 2020. However, Chrome and Mozilla have discontinued the Adobe Flash updates of their browsers before. Flash to HTML5 conversion is the fastest and most cost-effective way currently as the replacement of Adobe Flash Player.

What browsers still support Flash?

All major web browsers like Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Chrome, etc., support Flash. However, the support of Adobe Flash plug-in is going to end in the year 2020. But you can download the videos on your computer and open them with the players like VLC, Aiseesoft Free Media Player, and more.


Flash videos are the videos that you can play it directly on a web, however, not all the videos uplaodded in the server are supported by the Adobe Flash Player online. For opening the videos online, you should convert video to Flash FLV, SWF or F4V. This post shares 2 easy ways to convert any video to Flash on the desktop or online.

Which one is your preferred method?

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