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[Review] Extra FLV SWF Video Converter

Posted By Ashraf On October 25, 2009 @ 12:10 AM In Giveaway of the Day Reviews | 13 Comments

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

Extra FLV SWF Video Converter [1]

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 [5]

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 [6]

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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[1] Extra FLV SWF Video Converter: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/extra-flv-swf-video-converter/

[2] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2009-10-24_224701.png

[3] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2009-10-24_232952.png

[4] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2009-10-24_230121.png

[5] FormatFactory: http://dottech.org/freewaresr/3963

[6] Super: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Encoders-Converter-DIVX-Related/SUPER.shtml

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