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I have some swf's I want to convert to mov, avi, mp4 whatever for portability, etc. (on the mac)

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If you are talking about small(ish) files, the easiest thing you can do is just use an online service such as Media Convert.

It supports SWF for import and has a huge variety of output formats.

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trying this now... – adambox Jul 27 '10 at 11:17
I never got the email saying the conversion was complete :( – adambox Apr 20 '11 at 11:51

Just use Visual Hub:

visual hub screenshot

Works a treat every time. Unfortunately it's not available for download from the creator anymore, but it can still be had via alternate means.

The source files for the new open source version (filmredux) are also available

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neither version worked for the .flv files I have (from youtube) – adambox Jul 27 '10 at 11:15
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Ah! I finally found something that works! VidConvert by Reggie Ashworth, creator of the similarly elegant AppDelete.

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