How to Upload SWF Files to Facebook

by Andrew Aarons

Facebook is, in many ways, the epitome of technological homogenization. At first a website dedicated to meeting people and viewing pictures, this popular social networking website has evolved to be a video portal, online gaming society and whatever else you might deem to make it. Adding videos to your profile is straightforward. Facebook supports most video formats, but not Shockwave Flash files. The site does, however, support Flash video, or FLV, files, so you need to convert your SWF files to FLV before you can upload any videos to Facebook.

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Collect and organize all of your Shockwave Flash files. Facebook doesn't support SWF files but does support FLV files. Download a SWF-to-FLV converter or video-converter program, and install the program.

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Open the video converter downloaded in Step 1. Add your SWF files using the "File" menu or by dragging the files to the main Windows, then save your videos as FLV files using the "Export" or "Convert" command. Facebook supports other video formats too, so you can convert your SWF files to AVI, MPG, WMV, ASF or MOV format if you can't find a specific FLV converter. The FLV format is recommended because it transitions from Flash to Flash formats without additional video codecs or software.

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Export FLV videos from the converter to a common folder. Search for other FLV files you might have to put all Flash video files together. Click on "Start," then "Computer." Type "*.flv" into the search bar in the top, right-hand corner and press the "Enter" key. Wait a moment while your computer compiles a list of all the FLV files on your system.

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Click in the search results area and press "Ctrl" and "A," and then right-click and press "Ctrl" and "C." Open a second "Computer" window, and browse to your Documents folder. Right-click in an empty spot, and choose "New Folder."

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Type the name of your new folder, and press "Enter." Double-click the folder to open it, and then right-click in a blank space and choose "Paste." All of your FLV videos are now centralized and will be easy to find when you want to upload to Facebook.

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Log in to your Facebook account. From the Facebook homepage, click on "Photos" on the left-hand navigation panel. Then choose "Video" from the submenu. Your friends' videos will be displayed in the main section of the Facebook page. Click the "Upload Video" button at the top of the page to open the "File Upload" dialog box.

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Click on the "Choose File" button to open a file browser. By default, Facebook will look in your Documents folder. Double-click on "FLV Videos" to open it, and then select a file from the list of videos you compiled in Step 5. Click "Open" to upload the file. As of April 2011, files must be smaller than 1 GB and shorter than 20 minutes.

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Click on "Videos" under "Photos" on the left side of the Facebook Web page, and then click "My Uploads" to see your video. Facebook will automatically post a link to your video in your profile, unless you've configured your account differently. Repeat the process to add more FLV videos. Alternatively, click "Video" under the "Share" heading of your profile to access the uploader.

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About the Author

Living in Canada, Andrew Aarons has been writing professionally since 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Ottawa, where he served as a writer and editor for the university newspaper. Aarons is also a certified computer-support technician.