How to Use VLC to Convert SWFs

By Theodora Pennypacker

VLC is a free media player released and developed by the VideoLAN open-source project. In addition to digital video and digital audio, the application can open and play SWF files. An acronym for Shockwave Format, SWF files are essentially compressed forms of Web animation. Since VLC is equipped with file conversion capabilities, you can use the media player to re-format any SWF files you load into the application.

Step 1

Launch VLC. Go to "Media" and select "Convert/Save." An "Open Media" screen will deploy. The "File" tab will be preselected.

Step 2

Click "Add." Locate the SWF input file in the file selection window. Click "Convert/Save." A "Convert" screen will deploy.

Step 3

Click "Browse" in the "Destination file" field. Program a storage location for the output file. Enter a name for the output file and give it the extension of the desired output format. Choose from PS, TS, MPG, OGG, ASF, MP4 and MOV.

Step 4

Click "Start" to convert the file. A "Streaming" window will display the progress of the media encoding. When the window closes, the output file will be exported to the programmed storage location.