[Review] Extra FLV SWF Video Converter

{rw_text}Giveaway of the day for October 25, 2009:

Extra FLV SWF Video Converter

Version reviewed:

v6.7

System Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/2000/NT/XP/Vista

Software description as per GOTD:

Extra FLV SWF Video Converter is a powerful, universal YouTube FLV, Flash SWF video- conversion and video-split program that converts video files between all popular video formats, such as FLV and SWF to AVI, MPEG, Apple iPod, Apple iPhone, Apple TV, Sony PSP, Mobile 3gp, Microsoft Zune, WMV, YouTube FLV, MOV, MP3, WMV, OGG and WAV.Idea for everyone! With just a few mouse clicks, you can convert your files. And you don’t have to be an expert to do it!

Key Features of Extra FLV SWF Video Converter:

  • Convert video from YouTube, Google, MySpace, DailyMotion FLV video to AVI, MPEG, Apple iPod, Apple iPhone, Apple TV, Sony PSP, Mobile 3gp, Microsoft Zune, WMV, YouTube FLV, MOV, MP3, WMV, OGG and WAV.
  • Convert video from Flash SWF video to AVI, MPEG, Apple iPod, Apple iPhone, Apple TV, Sony PSP, Mobile 3gp, Microsoft Zune, WMV YouTube FLV, MOV, MP3, WMV, OGG, WAV.
  • Set the start position and end position of source file to convert.
  • Includes batch file conversion.
  • Can automatically shutdown computer after lengthy batch conversions.
  • Unlimited email support, discounts on future products, and free upgrades!

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  • Straightforward and easy to use.
  • Supports many output formats/profiles.
  • Supports batch processing.
  • Has an option to shutdown computer when converting has finished.
  • Full control over output video settings.
  • You can trim video before converting it.

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  • Doesn’t support interactive SWFs.
  • Doesn’t support drag + drop.
  • Choppy interface.
  • Tries to change IE’s homepage.
  • Does not have a “keep default resolution/video size” option.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”8″}Pretty much point and click but does not support drag + drop nor does it have an option to “keep default resolution/video size”.
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{for=”Performance” value=”5″}Output quality is good, conversion speed is good, and resource usage is not too high. The only problem is Extra FLV SWF Video Converter does not support interactive SWFs!
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”6″}Eh. While just supporting SWF inputs makes it more useful than other programs, the fact that it can’t support interactive SWFs really makes it useless because then it is only a SWF + FLV converter while other programs support many other video formats (albeit maybe not SWF).
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{for=”Arbitrary Equalizer” value=”6″}This category reflects an arbitrary number that does not specifically stand for anything. Rather this number is used to reflect my overall rating/verdict of the program in which I considered all the features and free alternatives.
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As of v6.7, Extra FLV SWF Video Converter tries to change Internet Explorer’s homepage during installation:

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As the name implies, Extra FLV SWF Video Converter (EFSVC) is a software that converts FLV and SWF videos to other video formats:

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Using EFSVC is pretty much point and click. You simply click on the “+” button located at the bottom left of the program and input the SWF/FLV video you want to convert (EFSVC supports batch processing so you can input multiple videos at once), select the output format/profile you want, customize the output video settings, trim the video (if you want), and click the play button located in the bottom left of the program window to start the conversion. Conversion speed is good (not amazingly fast nor dreadfully slow), conversion quality is good, and computer resource usage is not too high (~50% CPU and ~41 MB RAM).

EFSVC supports the following output video formats/profiles:

  • AVI, MPEG, Apple iPod, Apple iPhone, Apple TV, Sony PSP, Mobile 3gp, Microsoft Zune, WMV, YouTube FLV, MOV, MP3, WMV, OGG and WAV.

Take note you will find iPod/iPhone/Apple TV under “MP4″. On the same note, you can output as “general” MP4 also (you are allowed to customize settings and not forced to select iPod/iPhone/Apply TV.

Now, EFSVC is not that bad of a video converter. However I give it a thumbs down because of these major issues:

  • It does not support interactive SWFs. Interactive SWFs are the ones where you click on the video to select an option, click on the video to progress it, etc. When trying to convert interactive SWFs I get the following error:

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Most SWFs tend to be interactive (but not all), otherwise the person posting the video would just use FLV or another video format. So, essentially, EFSVC is an “SWF converter” but is useless for most SWF conversions.

  • While EFSVC has many different video sizes to choose from, it does not have a “keep default resolution/video size” option. This is extremely, extremely annoying. Extremely.

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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FormatFactory

For how great of a software it is, FormatFactory does not convert SWF as inputs (you can output as SWF). You can convert FLVs though (input and output).

Super

Super is a wannabe FormatFactory (in my opinion =P). However it does (supposedly) convert SWFs (as input and output). I say supposedly because I can never get Super to work properly…

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{rw_verdict2}Extra FLV SWF Video Converter is not that bad of a video converter. Admittedly, there are not that many SWF converters out there, so you are free to get Extra FLV SWF Video Converter if you want. However I give it a thumbs down because it can’t covert interactive SWFs. I personally have no need to convert simple SWFs (I only need to convert interactive SWFs) so I will not be getting Extra FLV SWF Video Converter today; I am sticking to FormatFactory for my FLV converting needs.
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13 comments

  1. Reality Check

    In my case, Extra’ software’s homepage showed no evidence it was hijacking my IE until the next time I opened IE after installing the Giveaway. Even WORSE, it grayed out the window in internet options preferences for setting homepage, so I cannot set my homepage to WHAT I WANT.

    It appears the only way I can fix the problem is to reformat my HDD, which means losing EVERYTHING, including all my Giveaways :((

    Before I do that however, I’m going to report Extra software to every malware database, antispy site, etc that I can report them to. This is malware of the worst kind, rrequiring your entire HDD to be wiped out and reformatted just to have it back to normal, resulting in loss of over a year’s worth of Giveaway of the Day apps plus everything else, Windows updates etc, since 2005

  2. poematrix

    Much appreciate your reviews. I am surprised you’re having problems installing Super. I have been using Super for over four years, and installed it (several times including updates) on three different computers with no problems at all. This is the first time I hear of Super installation problems. Which problem are you running into?

  3. mukhi

    tried to convert .swf, input could not be open in SW (interactive?). FF is way better to go with (although it does not convert SWF either). uninstalled this crap and thumbs down.

    i wish FF could support size control (like 1/2 CD, 1 CD, 2 CD…) and convert VIDEO_TS folder to MKV. does not do either of them so far.

  4. ingridg

    Hi Ashraf,

    I always enjoy your reviews. I posted a comment about today’s converter because it will not open any of my .swf files. I’m an elementary computer teacher and I have a new program that will output the file as .swf and the quality is great. I’ve tried as .avi, .mov files and they are grainy even at the best settings. Do you know of a program that converts .swf files? They’re not that fancy, just student projects. It’s my technology club and I usually put their projects onto a DVD so they can watch them at home with their parents, so I need to convert them to .avi, .mov, or .wvm to import into my Adobe Premier.

    Thanks for any suggestion you might have. Have you tried Super C that PTLdom suggested.

    Ingrid

  5. marebearinjapan

    Read your review of today’s gotd. Been reading them avidly and really appreciate them tons. What I would like to know is if there is any freeware program which does all of this…..converts SWF and FLV as both input and output???

    I haven’t money to spend now because of employment blues and higher education bills for 3 boys….so any information and point in the right direction would be really appreciated.

    You do us all a real service and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Yours,
    Mary, in Japan

  6. Rob

    My ongoing challenge to download my Aust TV episode continues.
    The closest I can get, is to use screen recording software to watch/capture a region on my screen.
    Today’s giveaway caught my interest, because I will have to somehow trim the end off the capture (the screen recording one)
    Do any of the free programs, have the ability to -
    “Set the start position and end position of source file to convert.”
    (or otherwise trim the file), which today’s offering mentions it can ?

  7. a simple happy man

    Thanks Ashraf

    but I got Extra Video Converter Pro on the last GoTD giveaway and that’s pretty good for the same thing (SWF and FLV) and a whole lot more too or so I have read.

    Haven’t got round to doing much converting yet but there’s a lot coming up

    very grateful for the “extremely” good review though