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Converting .swf files 
28th-Sep-2012 03:10 pm
tiger
Dear LJ Genie, to whom I run when I am at my wits' end:

I am attempting to transcribe several files that are in the format .swf. Unfortunately, the transcription software that I use, which works with a foot pedal, does not support .swf format. I've tried five different types of conversion software -- some are free, and others are free trials of paid software -- and none of them seem to work. Some don't run at all. Some run but with errors. Some run but won't accept the particular file I'm trying to convert. One was called simply "Free SWF Converter." Another one was from a company called Softpedia. Another was Lumixsoft SWF to AVI MPEG Convert. Another was SWF Video Converter. So far, I've had no luck. I tried the video downloader tool that is an add-on to Firefox, and it also failed to convert the files.

I really don't want to pay for software, because that will eat up the entire paycheque I get from doing this job. But neither do I want to constantly hit play, pause, type, rewind, play, pause, type, etc. ad nauseum. I'm getting extremely frustrated, and I want to get this job done and get paid but it's very slow going when I can't use my foot pedal.

Any suggestions, LJ Genie?
Comments 
29th-Sep-2012 01:35 am (UTC)
Pazera Video Converters Suite is free & should do the trick and it's free.
29th-Sep-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Hook a cassette recorder to the audio out from the computer. Record the audio from the SWF. Buy a cheap foot pedal remote for the cassette recorder.

29th-Sep-2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
If no converters want to work for those files, you could use Audacity to make an audio recording of the swf files as they play on your computer: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
30th-Sep-2012 02:41 am (UTC)
Not sure if it'll help here, but I've been using http://www.zamzar.com/ more and more for similar types of tasks.
1st-Oct-2012 03:30 am (UTC)
I tried Zamzar, and it doesn't support .swf files.
1st-Oct-2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
Hrm. How about Download.com? They seem to have a bunch of related programs.
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