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    Flash Video Encoder Compare

    Flash Video is a type of video that can be played by Flash Player. A Flash Video file can be a separated FLV file or a video stream in a SWF file. It has various video encoding methods. Flash Player 6 only supports Sorenson Spark encoding method; Flash Player 7 supports one more encoding method, Screen Video that can compress files without losing the original quality. Apart from the two above-mentioned encoding methods, Flash Player 8 supports On2 VP6, which is currently the best encoder available. Its video quality is superior to MPEG4, H264, and DIVX. As Flash Video becoming more and more popular, it will be the major built-in web video file in the near future.
    In addition to the Flash Video encoder from the Macromedia company, there are different other Flash Video encoders such as SwishVideo, Flash Video MX, and On2 Flix. Now I am going to compare these different Flash Video encoders in various different aspects:

    flash video mx: http://www.flash-video-mx.com
    SwishVideo: http://www.SwishVideo.com
    On2 Flix: http://www.on2.com

    I. Features

    A.Interface Style:
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Traditional Windows style and paging method.
    Swish Video: Traditional Windows style and paging method.
    Flash Video MX: Windows XP style and Wizard method. Batch Encoder is traditional Windows style and paging method.
    On2 Flix: Traditional Windows style and paging method.

    B. Video Input Type
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Windows Media (Windows Media Player required), QuickTime (QuickTime Player required)
    Swish Video: Windows Media (Windows Media Player required), QuickTime (QuickTime Player required)
    Flash Video MX: Windows Media (Windows Media Player required), QuickTime (QuickTime Player required), Real Media (RealPlayer and RealMedia Splitter required).
    On2 Flix: Windows Media (Windows Media Player required), QuickTime (QuickTime Player required)

    C. Output Type
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: FLV
    Swish Video: FLV,SWF,HTML
    Flash Video MX: FLV,SWF,HTML
    On2 Flix: FLV,SWF,HTML

    D. Video Capture & Split
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Input video preview by frame, rough video capture, and video split.
    Swish Video: Input video preview by frame and rough video capture.
    Flash Video MX: Input video preview by frame, accurate video capture, and video preview playback.
    On2 Flix: Input video preview by frame, difficult and rough video capture, and video split.


    E. Video Conversion Settings
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Output size adjustment, frame adjustment, byte rate adjustment, and key frame rate adjustment.
    Swish Video: Output size adjustment, frame split, output quality adjustment, and key frame rate adjustment.
    Flash Video MX: Output size adjustment, frame adjustment, byte rate adjustment, automatic key frame rate, and video fade in/out.
    On2 Flix: Output size adjustment, frame rate adjustment, byte rate adjustment, and key frame rate adjustment.

    F. Output Video Codec
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder:Sorenson Spark, On2 VP6
    Swish Video:Sorenson Spark
    Flash Video MX: Sorenson Spark, On2 VP6(you must install)
    On2 Flix:Sorenson Spark, On2 VP6


    H. LOGO Settings :
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: No
    Swish Video: No
    Flash Video MX: Text Subject, GIF animation LOGO supported, and transparent background color supported.
    On2 Flix: No

    H. Other SWF Functions
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: No
    Swish Video: Control bar
    Flash Video MX: Control bar (different styles available and can be previewed), special video effect (can be previewed), movie beginning and movie end.
    On2 Flix: Movie preload bar

    I. Audio Settings
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: MP3,sample rate settings, byte rate settings, and audio channel settings.
    Swish Video: MP3,sample rate settings, byte rate settings, audio channel settings, and audio file replacement.
    Flash Video MX: MP3,sample rate settings, byte rate settings, audio channel settings, audio file replacement, and audio fade in/out.
    On2 Flix: MP3 / RAW, ample rate settings, byte rate settings, and audio channel settings.

    J. Batch Processing
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Professional
    Swish Video: Simple
    Flash Video MX: Professional
    On2 Flix: Simple


    K. Conversion Speed
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: encoder: Sorenson Spark (fast), encoder: On2 VP6 (slow).
    Swish Video: encoder: Sorenson Spark (fast)
    Flash Video MX: encoder: Sorenson Spark (fast), encoder: On2 VP6 (slow).
    On2 Flix: encoder: Sorenson Spark (slow), encoder: On2 VP6 (slow).

    L. Encoding Quality & Output File Size
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: encoder: Sorenson Spark (low quality and big file size); encoder: On2 VP6 (average quality and big file size).
    Swish Video: encoder: Sorenson Spark (average quality and big file size)
    Flash Video MX: encoder: Sorenson Spark (high quality and small file size); encoder: On2 VP6 (high quality and small file size).
    On2 Flix: encoder: Sorenson Spark (average quality and average file size); encoder: On2 VP6 (high quality and small file size).


    M. Cue Point Support
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Yes
    Swish Video: Yes
    Flash Video MX: Yes
    On2 Flix: No


    N. Unregistered Version Limitation
    Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Sold along with Macromedia Flash MX; 30-day trial period.
    Swish Video: 15-day trial period
    Flash Video MX: Watermark on output video.
    On2 Flix: Watermark on output video.

    II. User Preference Analysis
    1. 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, Flash Video MX 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.
    2. If you only want to convert a video file to a SWF file, SwishVideo, Flash Video MX and On2 Flix are all fine. However, if you want good quality and small file size, Flash Video MX will be the best choice.
    3. If you want to convert multiple video files to SWF files all at a time, Flash Video MX is also the best choice. Because Macromedia Flash Video Encoder does not support video file to SWF file conversion, and SwishVideo and On2 Flix have too simple batch processing functions and sometimes those functions do not work very well.
    4. If you want to convert your video files to FLV files and you prefer On2 VP6 conversion, Macromedia Flash Video Encoder, Flash Video MX, and On2 Flix all work well for you.
    5. 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. On2Flix not supports Cue Point.

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    Only two of these now encode Flash 8 output

    It's important to note that since January, the "Flash Video MX" product no longer supports On2 VP6 output (the video codec in Flash 8). So only two of the reviewed products have the ability to produce Flash 8 video, lately the fastest-growing (and probably best quality) format on the web...

    But out of those two encoders (from Macromedia $699 and On2 $249), if you look at it from a price/performance perspective for just doing video, it seems that Flix would have to win out... You can find out more here http://www.createflashvideo.com

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    I think it's not easy find good converter on present day. I tried some different softwares including SwishVideo's tool. But almost all fell short of my expectations.
    I don't know what about you but I like geovid's progs. If you appreciate quality you understand me.

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    resolved

    Quote Originally Posted by hypnotic_frog
    I think it's not easy find good converter on present day. I tried some different softwares including SwishVideo's tool. But almost all fell short of my expectations.
    I don't know what about you but I like geovid's progs. If you appreciate quality you understand me.
    Hi hypnotic_frog!
    You probably mean "flash to video encoder" at geovid? I agree it's strong tool. It's good that there are so helpful progs.
    Ok one my friend made great video collection from flash. I think I do collection too when I have time. Guess it's good idea to burn it to CD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacifik
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