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Q: Converting SWF to JPG/GIF/PNG/AVI/MPG/etc on *nix ( No Answer,   5 Comments )
Subject: Converting SWF to JPG/GIF/PNG/AVI/MPG/etc on *nix
Category: Computers > Graphics
Asked by: ravisorg-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 02 Oct 2005 04:00 PDT
Expires: 01 Nov 2005 03:00 PST
Question ID: 575274
Greetings all!

I'm looking for a piece of software that can convert SWF files into
some other, more standard/readable, format. Prefereably this would be
a sequence of PNG, JPG, or GIF (animated or not). If software to do
this simply doesn't exist then I'll accept an output result in MPEG,
AVI, etc which I can then convert to an image sequence using NetPBM or
some similar package.

Here's the kicker: I need it to run in a Linux (if it's built for
Unix, but will compile on Linux, great!) server environment. So it
needs to run from a command line, on linux, without X installed. I've
been searching for awhile and have only been able to find stuff that
runs on Windows (eg: Magic Swf2Avi, SWF2Video, etc). I need something
that runs very much like these programs except on Linux. Magic Swf2Gif
(available here: ) is perfect, except
that it runs on Windows only and requires a GUI.

Free or pay? Naturally I would prefer free software, but if none
exists I'd certainly accept an answer that points me at a non-free
product that meets my needs.

It doesn't need to be fancy with a ton of options, it just needs to
output something that I can programatically manipulate, which I can't
do with SWF.

Thanks! :-)

Clarification of Question by ravisorg-ga on 08 Oct 2005 20:39 PDT
Thanks for the pointer to swftools, but unfortunatly I had already
checked them out and they don't render swfs :-( I want to render
vector data, not extract bitmaps.

Here's an example of what I'm trying to do: needs to be converted
into a 75x75 pixel jpeg thumbnail for preview.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Converting SWF to JPG/GIF/PNG/AVI/MPG/etc on *nix
From: irlandes-ga on 08 Oct 2005 19:26 PDT
Search for rpm swftools and/or swfextract which is included in rpm.

swfextract does not convert, but rather extracts jpeg files within swf files.

I am not an expert on this, located this via google search, where you
can also find it. has a number of versions listed, but mostly for
Mandrake, and for altlinux.  It is also listed in a search as tar.gz
Subject: Re: Converting SWF to JPG/GIF/PNG/AVI/MPG/etc on *nix
From: orneryboy-ga on 18 Oct 2005 18:34 PDT
I have a lot of experience with Flash and might be able to help you if
you tell me why you need to render vector data from my comics.
Subject: Re: Converting SWF to JPG/GIF/PNG/AVI/MPG/etc on *nix
From: ravisorg-ga on 18 Oct 2005 22:16 PDT
ROFL :-D Now THAT was unexpected...

I'll send an email to the address listed on your site and we can
discuss further - if it gets to the point where we have a solution we
can post it here :-)
Subject: Re: Converting SWF to JPG/GIF/PNG/AVI/MPG/etc on *nix
From: loorthu-ga on 13 Nov 2005 13:24 PST
This site has some tools that could help you:
Subject: Re: Converting SWF to JPG/GIF/PNG/AVI/MPG/etc on *nix
From: ravisorg-ga on 13 Nov 2005 19:33 PST
If you look at my question clarification I noted that swftools doesn't
do what I need (I need to render vector data, not extract bitmap

Thanks though :-)

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