Flash-SWF to AVI/GIF Converter is a software whose title pretty much explains its functionality - it can encode SWF files to the AVI or GIF format.

The user interface of the program is plain and simple. You can import media by using the file browser (the "drag and drop" method and batch processing are not supported).

So, you can play and stop the video, as well as zoom in and out. But you can also go to the next or previous 5 frames, as well as select the sound recorder device and set the wave out and master volume.

In addition, you can change the background color, crop and capture frames, get the sound file and save the MP3 file (after specifying the bit rate).

When it comes to saving SWFs to the GIF extension, you can select either "Nearest" or "FloydSteinberg", "Best Quality" or "Smaller Size", as well as "Grayscale" or "256 Colors". For the AVI option, you can set the bits, quality and compression method (optionally adjust the compression control and data rate).

The program takes up a low amount of system resources and includes a brief but well-written step-by-step guide. We tested this tool on Windows XP and 7.

However, it revealed some compatibility issues with 7, since errors kept popping up when we were trying to convert a SWF file to AVI (it did manage to encode it to GIF, though). But on Windows XP, Flash-SWF to AVI/GIF Converter maintains a good image and sound quality in the output files.

Besides the fact that the interface could embrace some improvements so it's more visually appealing and that output files have a watermark displayed on them (even captions), we recommend Flash-SWF to AVI/GIF Converter to all users.