Thursday, May 21, 2009

Extracting Stuff from .SWF Files

As an editor you'll be provided with the media the client wants to incorporate into the project. However, sometimes the client is utterly clueless and will send you things that are sometimes less than useful. A friend of mine called me in a panic because the client emailed him some media to use in the current project in the handy dandy form of a .swf file.

I'm sure the client asked the media department of their megacongolmerate for the "files" or the "images" or "whatever we have on the website" to synergize into their vertical brand marketing deliverables objective action points or some garbage.

Looking around I found this neat free app called Flaex which extracts stuff from .swf files. It even has previews of images and sounds right within the app, beware though that if you click on a long sound file there's no way to stop it from playing, you just have to wait it out.

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