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SWF is a multimedia format initially designed for the Web. Nowadays, it is used quite rarely, but you can still find a lot of SWF content. It might be challenging to open it on your own, since the original software for opening SWF files is discontinued, and support for this format in other programs is limited.

SWF files can contain either vector animations or video, but most modern apps only work with the latter. Thus, the article below is about SWF video alone.

If you want to avoid searching for an app to open SWF, your best option is to convert .swf files to a more accessible format. In this article, you will learn how to convert SWF with Movavi Video Converter, along with some other ways.

How to convert SWF on Windows or Mac with Movavi

Step 1. Install the converter on your computer

Download the SWF converter for Mac or Windows and run the installation file. Then follow the instructions.

Step 2. Add files you want to convert

Launch the program. Click the Add Media button, choose Add Video from the drop-down menu and select an SWF file to convert. Unlike SWF file converter online, Movavi Video Converter allows batch conversion of larger files.

Step 3. Set the output format

You can take an SWF file and convert it to almost any modern video format. For example, click the Video tab, then choose the MP4 format and a preset you see fit.

Step 4. Edit the clip (optional)

Before conversion, you can use editing tools built in the .swf converter. Click the Edit button to open the editing window.

  • Choose Audio to clear out the noise or alter the sound volume.

  • Open the Adjustments tab to change brightness, contrast, and other parameters.

  • On the Effects tab, you will find creative filters for your videos.

  • On the Subtitles and Watermark tabs, you can add subtitles or watermarks.

  • Trim or Crop tabs have tools to cut away unwanted parts of a video.

Step 5. Convert your files

If you want to change the folder where the converted files will be saved, click the Save to button before starting SWF file conversion. To begin the process, hit the Convert button.

This is how you use the SWF file converter from Movavi!

What is SWF?

SWF format was originally designed to store vector animations. An in-depth overview of the format is in the table below.




Small Web Format, formerly ShockWave Format


FutureWave Software, Macromedia, Adobe Systems

Type of content

Vector graphic animation, video



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