If I am seeing a SWF video in my web browser (sample: http://www.somename.com/swf/x92154) how can I download the video to disk? If I use Save As it is saving .swf, not the video.
Although the URL for the SWF will be in the page source, in most cases this will not help you.
The SWF is usually streaming the video, alternatively it could have the video embedded in it. Most flash swf container have their video encoded as an flv or f4v. The link will explain the various encoding that may be in play (H.263, H264, On2...). The best thing to do is to use a browser plugin like tamper-data, fire-bug, safari's web-inspector resources, or a proxy to watch all the requests made while it is running the SWF. FLVs are often streamed over plain HTTP, and can therefore, once you find the url with the aforementioned inspection, be downloaded simply. They can be played back with an FLV player (there's a couple, most are iffy), or in a container built with flash, or Adobe Air. You probably want to convert them, which is trickier, but there's some
ffmpeg guides with parameters to be found online. In the rare case that the SWF contains the video embedded in itself, you can use a tool to extract it, oddly enough some versions of
ffmpeg do this.
.swf IS the video (Shockwave Flash)
you can drag the SWF file into your browser or use some stand-alone player (e.g. Flash Movie Player) to play the video.
SWF Extractor This software can be used by the users to extract all uncompressed SWF files. It is easy to start its process by using its "Open and Extract all" button. It decompiles MP3 files and images from SWF and the users can have a facility to view all extracted resources by using a grid below the button.
The quickest way is to get the .swf file path, then copy this to notepad...
<a href="PAST_LINK_HERE">Right click here and click save as</a>
For example, if I wanted to get http://mysite.com/test.swf I would use.
<a href="http://mysite.com/test.swf">Right click here and click save as</a>
Then save it as a .htm or .html files called anything you want. Double click on it and then do as it says!
When you have saved the file, you should be able to open it up VLC media player, Flash Player or convert it using the usual set of tools.