How to Convert SWF to MP4

Alexandra Meyer
by Alexandra Meyer

SWF (Shock Wave Format) is widely used for vector images and animation. Sometimes, such files may come with audio and typically used for streaming videos, online banners, etc. This format isn’t supported by most players (aside from Adobe Flash Player) and if you want to save it as a video file, the only way to go is conversion.

Icecream Media Converter can successfully convert SWF files to more usable formats like MP4. If this is your first time using this program, make sure you have a clear idea of how it works. This tutorial will be helpful for novice users to understand the basics and experienced users to get more information and helpful tips on converting SWF to MP4 video format.


Download and install the program

You should start with downloading and installing the program. If it has already been installed, feel free to skip this step.

To download Icecream Media Converter, find the “Download” button on this page and click on it. The system will suggest you to save a setup file – do it and run it once it’s saved. Complete the installation as suggested by the Wizard and open the program once it’s installed.


Add SWF file

Clicking on the “Add file” or “Add file to start converting!” buttons will bring you to "Add file" panel of program.

Clicking on the are on the top of this panel with an icon of a folder on the right and the sign "Click here to select file..." will open your computer's Explorer which allows you to browse your PC for a necessary file. Select it and press “Open” to import it

The file will be displayed at the very top of the settings panel. After that, you can proceed straight to settings.


Configure output file settings

  • Convert to. There are two options to choose from: “Audio” and “Video”. Choose video because MP4 is a video format.

  • Convert by. Choosing “Format” as your “Convert by” setting will enable a list of format later.

  • Choose format. Select MP4 from the list of formats offered by the program – simply click on the “Format” box and scroll down. Click on it to choose this option.

  • Choose quality. Set the “Best” option if you want to keep your output video just as good as the original one. If you are looking for a lower quality and smaller size, choose “Good” or “Average”. “Bad” option is recommended when you want your output file to be very compact, but such compression is associated with a significant quality loss.


Start SWF to MP4 conversion

From here, you have two ways to go:

  • Start converting your file by clicking on the “Convert” button down below. You can use “Pause/Resume” and “Cancel” icons in the bottom right of the window to control the process. On the completion, the program will offer you to skip to your output files in a containing folder (“Open folder” button). After that, the conversion session is considered to be finished;

  • Continue with adding more files to convert SWF to MP4 format in a bulk mode. To do that, press the “Add to queue” (bottom right) button and repeat the process from step 2 for each file. Use the recycle bin icon that corresponds to a needed file to delete it from the queue or press the "Clear queue" button in the bottom left to remove all items form the list. By pressing the “Convert” button, you activate the process for all your files in the queue.

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Alexandra Meyer
by Alexandra Meyer
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