How to Capture Flash Video and Animation (FLV and SWF Files)
Now that almost everybody is surfing the Net with a high speed broadband
connection, there's a ton of great video out there. And more and more
sites are using Flash Video as their streaming video solution of choice.
Flash appears in two ways: animations (SWF files) and video files (FLV
files). What if you want to capture these flash videos? And how do you
play them back? This article tells you how to do it.
Here's how to capture Flash Videos or Animations:
- Go grab a copy of Replay A/V
from Applian Technologies. This
is simply the best tool for recording all kinds of online media, and
it works great for Flash as well.
- Open Replay A/V. It appears like this:
- Play the video you want to record. If you've already played it
recently, you can skip this step. Once the video has finished downloading
it will reside on your PC in the browser cache. Wait for the video
to finish downloading or playing.
- From the menu, click Record, Stream Capture. The video you
just played appears in the cache list:
- Click Add Selection as New Show. You'll see the video appear in
Replay A/V ready to record:
- You can rename the show by editing the Name of Show field.
- You can also have the video converted to a different file format
by choosing an After Recording, Convert to option.
- Click Record Now, then OK. This starts the capture.
You can see the progress of the capture in the Replay A/V window like
- Once the video finishes recording you can play the recording by
left clicking on the name of the video and scrolling down to Play
Last Recording like this:
The video will appear like this:
Here's how to Play Captured Flash Animation (SWF files):
Normally, you can just double-click the .swf file, and it will open
in Flash Player on your PC. There are a ton of free and commercial SWF
file players available on the Web as well.
Note: Not all Flash Video can be captured. Some sites copy protect
their video with DRM (Digital Rights Management). If you want to record
these, you'll need to use a Screen Capture Video program like Replay
Click here to learn more about capturing FLV files with Replay A/V