just google "swf to avi" or mov or wahtever. there is lot of small convert tools out there
Place it After Effects and render it as a movie. Very easy efficient and works beautifully.
You can do it from FDalsh as well but I am not sure of the qaulity of the result.
I( did not try Premeire or Fireworks
Fireworks no but Premiere pro yes works like a charm.
yeah, the third party apps i tried were found via google. i don't have Premiere or Flash (i mentioned that i only have Design Standard) but i'll see if i can borrow it from a friend.
if you have any other suggestions, i'll take em. thanks!