SWF Video Format

What is SWF Video Format?

What is SWF video format? SWF video format stands for ShockWave Flash. SWF video format is one of the most popular Flash container formats, which is used for most of the animated ads and video clips on today's websites. Intended to be small enough for publication on the web, SWF video file formats can contain animations or applets of varying degrees of interactivity and function. SWF video format may also be used for programs, commonly games, using Actionscript.

Development of SWF Video Format

SWF video format, also Small Web Format, was developed by Macromedia, pronounced swiff or swoof . As a partially open repository for multimedia and especially for vector graphics, SWF video format was originated with FutureWave Software and has come under the control of Adobe. SWF video file formats currently function as the dominant format for displaying animated vector graphics on the Web, far exceeding the use of the W3C open standard SVG. On May 1, 2008, Adobe dropped its licensing restrictions on the SWF video format specifications, as part of the Open Screen Project. However, Rob Savoye, a member of the Gnash development team, has pointed to some parts of the SWF video format which remain closed. On July 1, 2008, Adobe released code which allowed the Google and Yahoo search-engines to crawl and index SWF files.

SWF Video Format Features

SWF video format was designed as a very efficient delivery format and not as a format for exchanging graphics between graphics editors. SWF video format can support anti-aliasing, fast rendering to a bitmap of any color format, animation and interactive buttons while it can be delivered over a network with limited and unpredictable bandwidth. As a tagged format, SWF video format can be evolved with new features while maintaining backward compatibility with older players.

SWF Video Format playback

SWF video format can be played by the Adobe Flash Player, working either as a browser plugin or as a standalone player. SWF video file formats can also be encapsulated with the player, creating a self-running SWF movie called a projector. Adobe makes available plugins to play SWF video format in web browsers on many desktop operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOSX, and Linux. As of 2007 intensive development had taken place on Gnash, a free-software implementation of a SWF player. Another FOSS implementation is swfdec. Sony PlayStation Portable consoles can play limited SWF video format in Sony's web browser. Both the Nintendo Wii and the Sony PS3 consoles can run SWF video format through their Internet browsers.

More about SWF Video Format

SWF video format can be generated from within several Adobe products: Flash, Flex Builder (an IDE), as well as through MXMLC. Other than Adobe products, SWF video file formats can be built with open source Motion-Twin ActionScript 2 Compiler, the open source Ming library, and the proprietary SWiSH Max2. There are also various third party programs that can produce SWF video format, such as Multimedia Fusion 2.

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