Do you often find some cool Flash effects on the web but have no idea how to save it? And when you need to create those Flash effects, do you end up spending a lot of time figuring out how to make it by Adobe Flash? We all do. SWF Decompiler offers a solution to save animated Flash movies (SWF files) on the web to your local computer, and extract those cool animated Flash effects from Flash movies and export them into FLA files (*.fla is the authoring file of Adobe Flash) instantly and painlessly by only a few clicks. Finally, you can open the exported Flash effect (FLA file) in Adobe Flash so as to learn how the effect is made or even reuse it in your own Flash animation movie.


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Flash radial effect learning steps:

The steps below will guide you to obtain the Flash effect ( my-own-flash-radial-effect.swf ) from this Flash movie ( flash-radial-effect-sample.swf ), and learn to create it on your own.


1. Download and Save Flash movie on the web

(Supposing you’ve installed SWF Decompiler on your computer. Once you install SWF Decompiler, SWF Catcher will be automatically installed as well.)
Right click on the page where the Flash movie is located in IE browser, and click “Sothink SWF Catcher” to launch it. Find the Flash movie, and click “Save” to download it. Press “SWF Decompiler” to preview the Flash movie you just downloaded.


2. Find your desired Flash effect from Flash movie
In the Resources panel of SWF Decompiler, directly go to the “Sprite” folder to find your desired Flash animation effect.
(Tip: an animated Flash effect is generally stored in the Sprite folder.)


Click the Sprite folder on the right to browse all sprites of a Flash movie; double click thumbnails in the preview window on the left to preview them one by one.


The following is the Flash effect I want to get:


3. Extract Flash effect from Flash movie

Check the sprite I found, and click “Export Resources” to open the configure dialog.

Select FLA file format for Sprite Exporting in the configure dialog.

Choose a path for saving the exported FLA file, and click “OK” to finish extracting and exporting.


4. Modify exported Flash effect in Adobe Flash
Open the exported FLA file in Adobe Flash. Sometimes the Flash element color is white, and the canvas default color is also white, so you’d better change the canvas background color into another one except white in order to clearly preview the Flash effect. Here I changed it into orange.


As shown as above in Adobe Flash, you could easily learn how the Flash effect is made from those motion tweens in timeline, and even you could make a little changes and reuse it in your own Flash movie authoring.


Why extracting Flash effects from Flash movie by SWF Decompiler
– Extract Flash effects from SWF file into FLA file
– Extract Flash effects from SWF file into SWF file
– Support all versions of Flash/SWF file including Flash 6, 7, 8, 9 (CS3), and 10 (CS4)
– Extract all Flash effects from a SWF file in batch
– Preview Flash effects before exporting
– User-friendly and multi-language interface: English, German, French, Traditional Chinese, Italian and Korean
– Compatible with XP, Vista and 7


“The file format[1] SWF, has variably stood for “Small Web Format” or “Shockwave Flash”. It is a partially open repository for multimedia and vector graphics, originating with FutureWave Software and then coming under the control of Adobe. Intended to be small enough for publication on the web, SWF files can contain animations or applets of varying degrees of interactivity and function.
SWF currently functions as the dominant format for displaying “animated” vector graphics on the Web. It may also be used for programs, commonly games, using Actionscript.
SWF files can be generated from within several Adobe products: Flash, Flex Builder (an IDE), as well as through MXMLC, a command line application compiler which is part of the freely available Flex SDK…” –Wikipedia

“The FLA file type is primarily associated with ‘Flash’ by Adobe Systems Incorporated. Adobe Flash, initially known as Shockwave Flash and popularly called simply Flash, refers to both the Adobe Flash Player and to the Adobe Flash Professional multimedia authoring program. The Flash Player, developed and distributed by Adobe Systems”.