Couldn’t figure out a workable way of converting SWF flash videos to Apple ProRes codec for use in Final Cut Pro? If so, you may wish to read this post. It introduces an easy-to-use and helpful SWF to ProRes converter to help you out.
How can I import and edit a SWF file in Final Cut Pro X?
”Hi, there, I have a SWF file which I want to edit in FCP X. My problem is that FCP X doesn’t have native support for SWF format, so I have to convert it to an intermediate codec (ProRes 422 e.g.) for use in FCP X. I heard that Handbrake can convert SWF, but I had no luck, it says it’s no valid source. Does anybody know a good converter to convert it? Thanks!”
If you are trying to import a SWF file to Final Cut Pro, you will have to transcode SWF to QuickTime before using Flash format in FCP, such as Apple ProRes .MOV, FCP’s favorite editing codec, which FCP will recognize and handle well. HD Video Converter for Mac will do that. You can download a free demo to see if it is able to convert SWF to ProRes for FCP with very good quality.
How to transcode SWF video to ProRes for FCP version 6, 7 or FCP X?
Download and install HD Video Converter for Mac, then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional SWF to FCP Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP 7/6/X
From the Format bar, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP 6, FCP 7 and its most recent version FCP X. When loading them into FCP 6/7/X, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.
Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.
Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start SWF files to Apple ProRes conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro 7/6/X with optimum performance.
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