Some Flash Video Converter Tools Compare

By Terry W

More and more videos were laid on the web, but not all people can view the video on the webpages because they don’t have the proper video player. In order to make people view the whole videos on the webpages, most video styles were converted to flash styles, such as swf and flv. Flash video converter is the tool to convert video to flash. Macromedia company has a tool named Flash Video Encoder.Besides the Flash Video encoder from the Macromedia company, there are different other Flash Video encoders such as Video to Flash Encoder, SwishVideo, and On2 Flix.. Now I am going to compare these different Flash Video encoders in various different aspects:

Features about the tools.

Interface Style:

Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Traditional Windows style and paging method.

Video to Flash Encoder: Windows XP style and Wizard method.

Swish Video: Traditional Windows style and paging method.

On2 Flix: Traditional Windows style and paging method.

Video Input Type

Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Windows Media (Windows Media Player required), QuickTime (QuickTime Player required)

Video to Flash Encoder: Windows Media (Windows Media Player required), QuickTime (QuickTime Player required), Real Media (RealPlayer and RealMedia Splitter required).

Swish Video: Windows Media (Windows Media Player required), QuickTime (QuickTime Player required)

On2 Flix: Windows Media (Windows Media Player required), QuickTime (QuickTime Player required)

Output Type

Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: FLV

Video to Flash Encoder: FLV,SWF

Swish Video: FLV,SWF

On2 Flix: FLV,SWF

Video Capture & Split

Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Input video preview by frame, rough video capture, and video split.

Video to Flash Encoder: Input video preview by frame, accurate video capture, and video preview playback.

Swish Video: Input video preview by frame and rough video capture.

On2 Flix: Input video preview by frame, difficult and rough video capture, and video split.

Video Conversion Settings

Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Output size adjustment, frame adjustment, byte rate adjustment, and key frame rate adjustment.

Video to Flash Encoder: Output size adjustment, frame adjustment, byte rate adjustment, automatic key frame rate, and video fade in/out.

Swish Video: Output size adjustment, frame split, output quality adjustment, and key frame rate adjustment.

On2 Flix: Output size adjustment, frame rate adjustment, byte rate adjustment, and key frame rate adjustment.

Other SWF Functions

Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: No

Video to Flash Encoder: Control bar (different styles available and can be previewed), special video effect (can be previewed), movie beginning

and movie end.

Swish Video: Control bar

On2 Flix: Movie preload bar

Audio Settings

Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: MP3,sample rate settings, and audio channel settings.

Video to Flash Encoder: MP3,sample rate settings, audio file replacement, and audio fade in/out.

Swish Video: MP3,sample rate settings, audio channel settings, and audio file replacement.

On2 Flix: MP3 / RAW, ample rate settings, and audio channel settings.

Conversion Speed

Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: encoder: fast

Swish Video: encoder: fast

Video to Flash Encoder: encoder: fast

On2 Flix: encoder: slow

Encoding Quality & Output File Size

Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: average quality and big file size.

Video to Flash Encoder: high quality and small file size.

Swish Video: encoder: average quality and big file size

On2 Flix: encoder: average quality and average file size.

Unregistered Version Limitation

Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Sold along with Macromedia Flash MX; 30-day trial period.

Video to Flash Encoder: Watermark on output video.

Swish Video: 15-day trial period

On2 Flix: Watermark on output video.

Advices for User

If you are a beginner of Flash files and you want to convert your video files to SWF files to play them on the Internet, Video to Flash Encoder will be a good choice. It has a very easy interface and allows you to preview the main settings you have done. Macromedia Flash Video Encoder cannot create SWF files. SwishVideo and On2 Flix are both complicated for beginners.

If you only want to convert a video file to a SWF file, SwishVideo, Video to Flash Encoder and On2 Flix are all fine. However, if you want good quality and small file size, Video to Flash Encoder will be the best choice.

If you want to convert your video files to FLV files and you prefer On2 VP6 conversion, Macromedia Flash Video Encoder, Video to Flash Encoder, and On2 Flix all work well for you.

If you are a professional Flash designer and you need to add Cue Point to your Flash files, you should choose Macromedia Flash 8 Video Encoder. It was released together with Flash 8 Professional by the Macromedia company. If you have already bought Flash 8 Professional, you should have got Macromedia Flash 8 Video Encoder along with it.

View the demo: http://www.flash-on-tv.com/vtf/video-to-flash-dome.html

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