I doing a 90 second piece of animation with music, sfx and lip-sync in CS4 on a iMac. When I test it as a swf file, it's perfect. In order to create a FLV file, I have to export it as a QT movie, then convert it. The QT movie is crap. It drops scenes and leaves residue images between scenes and some of the backgrounds are semi transparent or not there. I've tried it with different compressions, and some are better than others, but generally they suck. Is there a good converter that will take a SWF file and convert it to a FLV file? Why you can't export a FLV file in Flash CS4 is beyond me. Any info or ideas on a converter would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
You can't export to flv directly from Flash, in any version. For the best quality, you want to export your movie as an uncompressed quicktime video and then create the flv file using another application. If your movie won't export correctly as quicktime then you may need to resort to recording the screen playback of your swf file.
Thanks Rob, But, why on earth doesn't Flash export their own format file? Why convert it to a QT movie and use that in their converter to make a FLV file.
My file is only 480 X 303 pixels in size, and converting to QT it's all of the above problems. Have you any suggestions as to how I can get the QT export to actually copy the SWF file in quality and sync? Fill me in on "recording the screen playback".
Exporting to video can be problematic. Flash only likes to export animation on the timeline. It has a problem with exporting animation that is produced using Actionscript. Some works, most doesn't. You may have more success if you chop up your movie into small chunks and export each smaller movie as a separate QT movie. Then you can piece them back together in a video editor app.
You may be able to record the playback of your Flash swf using a third party screen recorder application. There are many available for either Mac or Windows.
Flash can only export a limited subset of an swf. Anything created on the timeline will usually work, most actionscript animation will not. The complexity of the animation will also impact the success of the export. I have had to cut up a flash movie into smaller chunks and export each chunk separately. Then I pieced the movie back together in a video editor to get the final product.
You may be able to record your movie's playback using a screen recorder application. There are many available for Mac and Windows.
Because if overlapping music, sfx and VO's, it's really tough to break it down into smaller units. I might as well go back to film animation and lay in all the tracks separately. I have found numerous SWF to FLV converters on the Internet. I'm going to research some of them and download trials and test them. Because the SWF file played everything perfectly, it just makes sense to go that route. I'll let you know how it goes if you want. Thanks again.
To be honest, videos exported from Flash directly do suck no matter what the output settings are. So, I always use the third-pary tool SWF converter Mac to convert my SWF files to MOV videos so that I can import them into iMoive.
I've had this tool for nearly 9 months, it works good till now.