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[Need Help] Capturing a Flash/SWF from a site

Discussion in 'Graphic Design' started by srb888, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. srb888

    srb888 Elite Member

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    Hi!

    My client needs a swf done (the transition/animation) almost similar to the main flash image (the largest one) on this link:
    Code:
    [URL]http://www.omtiles.com/[/URL]

    I would like to know (with your kind help):
    1. how to capture and download that flash image,
    2. also, how that transition part of the animation is done.
    3. Is that transition/animation example readily available on any slideshow creator like MS PowerPoint (may be, on the latest version), or any other flash creator program?


    I tried almost every swf capture/downloader I knew of, but am unable to save that file to the HDD so that I can dismantle it and study its making (if that's possible). If everything else fails, then I will try to recreate those animation steps frame-by-frame, but if there is a ready-made solution available to achieve the same effect then it would be a great time-saver.


    Thank you very much!

    P.S.: You may stop the music on that site if it irritates -- there is a switch on the page to pause it. :)
     
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  3. anon09

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    try orbit downloader. captures most flash format. some are usefull, some not. worth a try anyways. good software for other uses.

    -selling domain:
    highace.net
     
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  4. BlackSeng

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    Check out or simply download SoThink Decompiler.
    That's the BEST flash file ripper/downloader and it can ctack open SWFs to view the transitions, images, and other resource files, and later export it as FLA working file for you to work on.
     
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  5. srb888

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    I was trying to find a solution and got to this:

    Please see the Demo 2 on the page, it is similar. It is called the "steps" effect and I think the entire animated effect is created and run using script...

    Code:
    [URL]http://www.devtrix.net/sliderman/examples.html[/URL]
    But even if this sample is similar, there is a lot more happening in the 1st link mentioned in my OP.

    If you download its source code, there is a JS file, and I think it has all the answers. Only if I was able to understand that script, it would have set me off on an interesting voyage of creativity!

    There could well be another solution that will help me create the same effect (with the white tiles trail following the masked tiles...). If someone finds it, anytime, please let me know about it.

    I am thinking of creating a similar pattern and using it in Flash / AE / PowerPoint/...

    I read that PhotoShop is able to do something similar (animation), so can some PS expert tell me if that effect can be done in PS? I have worked with PS but never used its animation capabilities. I didn't even knew that existed before I read about it and saw a few samples online.

    Thanks all for the great inputs, and also please continue to guide me on this.

    God Bless!

    P.S.:
    I have the SoThink Decompiler and used it earlier on the downloaded swf image (which is blank to the eyes), and it showed somethings inside it. But I couldn't understand the jargon!
     
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    Thanks Dheer, I will try it now.

    P.S.:
    I have also captured the entire swf on that site using another screen capture utility and recorded a movie at high frame-rate. It enabled me to stop and see those animated screens. That can come handy if I need to create a similar pattern/s and run as an animation.
     
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  9. srb888

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    Dheer,

    Your solution is proving to be a great help for me!!! I am getting ideas now after seeing the entire fbr in slow motion, and may be I will be able to isolate only the animation part and work out something out of it.

    I exported a selected part (about 30 frames) of the .fbr as flash. Will try also to recreate those frames as a generic set which can be used in other files. I hope I can do an impressive job of it! lol

    +Rep and thanks to you! God Bless!
     
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    Glad it worked for you. Good luck.
     
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    I can name at least one perfectly well working Firefox Flash downloader extension. However, I am unsure I am allowed to name products here (even if completely free), so just google it.
     
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    I do not have much idea about swf. What is it actually?
     
  13. srb888

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    :) Here it is:

    Code:
    [URL]http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=what+is+swf[/URL]
    Not all swf images are made like this, but this is a great example of a swf image: -->
    Name of the image is > Basic_Globe.swf
    Ref.:
    Code:
    [URL="http://infiniteturtles.co.uk/projects/away3d4/examples/Basic_G"]infiniteturtles.co.uk/projects/away3d4/examples/Basic_G [/URL]

    Also, the image that I mentioned in the OP is a swf image. .SWF is a file extension, the full form is ShockWave Flash (file format).
     
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