I have never encountered a .f4v file. Would MPEGstreamclip work?
Are these audio .swf or older multimedia? If audio that's tough. If older Multimedia then I have absolutely no idea. The only thing I have seen for audio is SoundConverter (payware).
In a few cases I have faked another player into playing .swf into playing by changing the extension to .mp3. Use a utility such as Media Info - http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net to tell you what codec is used and if this might work.
As the v in .f4v suggests it is the more modern video format of Flash and incorporates .h264 video and AAC/MP3 audio.
I am currently hunting down all Mac converters and some PC apps which seem to offer more choice.
So far have sourced Mac:
Adapter 1.4.3 [free]
Media Converter 1.2 [free]
Smart Converter1.4.3 [free]
Vidsify for Mac US$2.99
Veescope Converter1.04 US$9.99
iFFmpeg for Mac US$16.00
Jaksta Video Converter for Mac1.4.2 US$19.95
Bigasoft's Total Video Converter for Mac US$34.95
Almersoft's Video Converter for Mac US$35
PrismVideo Converter US$34.99
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate US$65.95
AVS-Video-Converter 8.2 US$59
Will take a while to assess these and let you know how it went.
Not done a comprehensive evaluation but so far have had success with KiwiFruit's Media Converter 1.2
I took the iPod / iPhone preset and edited in Preferences to:
Container: MP4 format
Use Bars to Keep Correct Aspect Ratio
Automatically Set Aspect Ratio Based on the Input File
Automatically Set Size Based on the Input File
Which produces a file almost identical to the original expect it increases the file size to 190% from the original.
May play with the bitrate and see if that fixes it.
Switched to Adapter and am able to make custom settings that basically allow codec flow through, plus batch and save to original location. It is very fast and the file sizes remain the same with no change in quality.
Think Adapter is a keeper! Gets 4 and half stars from me.
Nice interface and very quick, just a couple of quirks, which I've provided feedback to the developer, but they should be congratulated on a fine product given as an opensource gift to the Apple community.
That solves the .f4v conversion, must look for a .swf solution.
I'm in the process of trying to convert a tutorial of all .f4v files into iTunes for playback on my iPad, which led to your post. I plan on trying adaptor but wondered if you have heard of using one of adobes apps to perform the same task? I have access to them on a Mac and thought it might be simple and quick. I've never used adobe forums and hope not to, if you haven't its no problem. Just thought you may have.
I know a powerful F4V Converter which can fast and batch convert F4V to almost all popular video or audio format on Mac like convert F4V to MP4, MOV, DV, AVI, MKV, VOB, WMV and etc. Aside from converting F4V files, this ideal F4V Converter Mac even can convert FLV, SWF, F4F, F4M, GIF and etc.
I recommend a very good F4V Converter.It is specially designed to convert F4V to various video formats like F4V to MP4, F4V to AVI, F4V to WMW, F4V to MOV, F4V to MPG and more. Besides converting F4V, this powerful F4V Converter even supports converting FLV/SWF to various video formats. It also can rip F4V to audio format like MP3, AAC, WMA and etc.
Moreover, this professional F4V Converter is equipped with advanced editing function. It enables to adjust audio volume, rotate video, add audio track and subtitle for video, increase artistic effects for video, add image or text watermark for video, split video, merge videos into one, trim and crop video, capture preferable picture from video and more. At the same time, this F4V Converter is built with a F4V player which can help you open F4V and play F4V easily.
What Is F4V Format?
There are two different video file formats known as Flash Video: FLV and F4V. Flash Video content may also be embedded within SWF files. F4V, based on the ISO base media file format, is similar to MP4 format. Starting with Flash Player 9 update 3, F4V is a standard format that is widely used to distribute dynamic media across the Internet. F4V files are actually container files that are used for the playback of certain media files. There are functional limits with the FLV structure when streaming H.264 or AAC which could not be overcome, so Adobe developed a new format, F4V.
F4V files support H.264, also known as MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding). H.264 is a video compression standard that offers significantly greater compression than its predecessors. F4V does not support some old video and audio codec in FLV format, like Screen, Sorenson Spark, VP6 video codecs and ADPCM, Nellymoser audio codecs.
MP4 is an Mac friendly format, so what you need to do is converting F4V to MP4.
In the above link mentioned website, there is also a solution to convert SWF to MP4. Just search "SWF to MP4 Converter" on the mentioned website.