How to Convert Macromedia Flash EXE Files to AVI
By Greyson Ferguson
Adobe Macromedia Flash player is a device that is typically used to play online videos. However, Flash files are not widely used or supported by other programs. Because of this, if you are looking to open the files in a video player or editor, you may be required to convert the Flash file to a different, more widely accepted format, such as AVI. Luckily, this can be done with a specialty program downloaded from the Internet.
Download a conversion tool to your computer. Coolutils.com offers a program capable of converting a Flash video to AVI. (See References) The free download provided is a trial of the software and will only allow you to do a limited amount of conversions; however, if you like the program, you can purchase it from the site for $29.90 (as of December 2009).
Click the "Download" button and allow the software to download to your computer. Once complete, double-click the downloaded icon to launch the installation wizard. Accept the license agreement and follow the remaining prompts to complete the installation process.
Launch the Convert Flash to AVI software and drag and drop the Flash video you want to convert to AVI into the main window.
Click the "Codec" tab and select "DivX." This is the most often used codec for Flash files; however, you may need to select a different one (if you were at a different site or program that features a specialty Flash codec). Click "Custom" and select one of the other available codecs from the list.
Skip over the remaining options because there is no need to resize your video or tinker with the audio. However, if you find the AVI file is too large after you convert it, you may want to go back and adjust the size down to lower the amount of hard drive space the video takes up.
Select "Destination" and type in the location on the hard drive you want the converted file to be saved to. Once complete, click "Start" and allow the Flash file to convert to AVI.
Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces TheDailyUpbeat.com, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.