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Shockwave Flash doesn't recognize a *.swf file

I've used Camtasia 3 to create a Flash file of a webinar I attended. Camtasia created a number of files, but the big one is a *.swf file, which I presume is the one that I should double click on in order to play the file and look at the video.
I've downloaded Shockwave Flash from Adobe (latest version) and run the installer. I was hoping to see an icon on the desktop, but I don't, and I was also hoping to see the program listed under "all programs" under the start button, but it's not there either, yet the installer said that it installed correctly.
Worst of all, after rebooting the computer, I still can't play my flash video created by Camtasia. The *.swf file isn't recognized as a Shockwave Flash file, and windows asks me what program I want to use to open it.
Simple question, what am I doing wrong?
Any help greatly appreciated.
p.s. I'm running Windows XP Professional, service pack 3. Not sure what else might be relevant, oh yes, Nvidia GeForce 8400 video card.

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Try that file in your browser

Typically .swf flash files are viewed in a web browser, and the installer you downloaded from Adobe is likely to have installed the Flash plugin to your browser.

Try this. Open your browser make sure it is not maximised, (full window), so you can see the .swf file on your Desktop or wherever it is located. Drag the .swf file into the browser window and see if it plays.


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halfway there

Thanks, Mark. It did play, but there was no sound. My volume control's fine, and the file itself has a volume slider which was all the way up, so I'm not sure what the problem is. BTW, I get the same result with Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, Flock, Opera (all latest versions) and IE7.

Could it be some setting in Camtasia that I need to change, or is there some obvious fix that I haven't thought of? I've never tried your "drag-and-drop" of a file into a browser, so maybe there's some setting I just don't know about.

Again, thanks for the help.


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Hi again Taz.

I re-read your first post and noticed you are using Camtasia 3 to create these files. I know nothing about Camtasia Studios so I am going to struggle here. But I have been to their web site to learn a little more.

I must ask, has this ever worked before on this XP machine? If so, what has changed since it last worked?

From what I see, Camtasia can create timeline video and audio files in many formats, eg movie files, but I didn't see much about creating Shockwave .swf files at the web site, (although my visit was very brief). Since Shockwave is propriety to Adobe, is there any problem with saving these Camtasia projects to Shockwave format?

I found some video tutorials at Camtasia, but they are for the latest Cantasia Studio 7 software, which may not be compatible with XP. But the tutorials may still be of some help;

They also have their own Camtasia Studio forums, and you may find others with similar problems there;

I hope that helps.


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Thanks for your input and help. Admittedly, I'm using an old version of Camtasia, but it's the free one Happy.
To answer your question, Mark, yes, I routinely use Camtasia to record many financial webinars, with complete success. Well, almost complete. Here's the catch--the video looks good, the audio's fine, but if you render the files as AVI files, you can't do a screen capture. Let me explain (I hope this is interesting to somebody besides just me):

Let's say your favorite financial guru gives an online webinar. During his webinar, he is discussing a chart of the financial markets and he makes some very valuable point. So, you stop the replay of your video file, and you try to capture the screen with SnagIt or even Ctrl-PrtScr. The resulting SnagIt file or *.bmp file is black. No image captured. Now, if you take the original, raw Camtasia file and you re-render it as a Flash file (suffix *.swf), and you play the webinar again, then you can indeed capture the screen with SnagIt or ctrl-PrtScr. Unfortunately, I haven't yet figured out how to get the audio to work on a Flash file, but I'll take up Bob's suggestion and go and hound the Camtasia forum....and if anybody here on CNET knows why on earth you can't do a screen capture of an AVI file, I'm dying to know.

Thanks again.

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The Camtasia forums are full of folk that didn't get audio recorded. I'd be duplicating those answers if I repeated that here.

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