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    I wanted to look at a couple of the old SWF videos today but got nowhere. Since Flash Player is basically dead, is there a way? I tried a couple of conversion sites/programs (Cloudconnect and Covertio) and got sound but no watchable video when converting to mp4. Does anyone know of a converting program or website that can handle the Alpha videos as posted? There are loads of programs that say they can do it but the only one I tried (Free File Viewer from the Microsoft Store) gave the same result as above. Any suggestions are appreciated.

  • #2
    You can down load a standalone player


    • #3
      It's frustrating, but I've been finding the videos in other formats, usually by doing a search of youtube.
      The extra annoying part is youtube rarely displays the most relevant result first, and even worse, makes
      it difficult to get part X of a multi-part series. This has been so annoying to me that I created a table, grid, and
      list to keep track of the videos I thing I might need again.
      Gregg is a great site to test and share sql code


      • #4
        Thanks Allen, that one works.


        • #5
          Finian, can you tell me where the SWF videos are please?
          I use VNC on my tablet, just need to be sure I am looking at the same ones.
          Are you exploring the Alpha Library?
          See our Hybrid Option here;


          • #6
   is a great site to test and share sql code


            • #7
              Thanks Gregg.
              Tablet folded when I looked at the sites.
              I will explore tomorrow now.
              Might be worth downloading important one's
              See our Hybrid Option here;


              • #8

                I was going through the "View Release Notes" link from the "Help" and then clicking on video links. I started to "Save As" and ended up with the .SWF files. The viewer that Allen recommended works where others I had tried did not. Now that I can actually view the videos I need to go back to my explorations when I have time.


                • #9
                  Thaks Finian.
                  I downloaded the viewer Alan suggested and it works fine from the url link from the specific video.
                  Just hope that Alpha keep them there or give us notice so we can download and keep them locally.
                  See our Hybrid Option here;


                  • #10
                    "VIP Video Converter" ( ) includes a separate executable (flashplayer_32_sa.exe) that it installs into an "addons" subfolder. Download the desired SWF files from alpha website and drag-and-drop them onto that player. You can re-record them using something like SnagIt and save them to an alternate format. I have NOT been able to get VIP Video Converter to properly convert them; they come across with no sound. I believe Flashplayer_32_sa.exe uses an embedded flash.ocx.