When you surf on the Internet, it is not difficult for you to find some interesting flash movies, and these movies may be related to our daily lives so they make you feel easy and happy when watching. Normally, you would love to download these flash videos to your computer in order to watch them when you want to release pressure. However, some of these Flash videos are SWF files, if you want to share these SWF files with your friends or just watch on your iPad that will be difficult. So you need professional SWF to video converter software to convert SWF to video files that iPad supports and transfer them to iPad, then you are able to play flash videos on iPad. The post will show you how to do that.

Part 1: What is Flash Video Format?


In order to play the Flash videos on your iPad successfully, one important factor you should pay attention is whether your iPad is compatible with Flash video format. Then, usually Flash video is formatted in SWF format. SWF is an abbreviation for small web format, an Adobe Flash file format used for multimedia, vector graphics and ActionScript.Originating with FutureWave Software, then transferred to Macromedia, and then coming under the control of Adobe, SWF files can contain animations or applets of varying degrees of interactivity and function. It may also be used for programs, commonly browser games, using ActionScript.

SWF files can be generated from within several Adobe products including Flash, Flash Builder (an IDE) and After Effects, as well as through MXMLC, a command line application compiler which is part of the freely available Flex SDK. Although Adobe Illustrator can generate SWF format files through its "export" function, it cannot open or edit them. Other than Adobe products, SWFs can be built with open source Motion-Twin ActionScript 2 Compiler (MTASC), the open source Ming library and the free software suite SWFTools. There are also various third party programs that can produce files in this format, such as Multimedia Fusion 2, Captivate and SWiSH Max.

Part 2: How to Convert SWF to Commom Video Format to Play Flash Videos on iPad?

Since SWF can’t be compatible with iPad perfectly which may result in the failure of playback of Flash videos on iPad, then the efficient way to obtain the SWF video playback solution is to convert SWF to some other common video formats which can be supported by iPad device.

Leawo Video Converter is not only an easy-to-use video conversion software but also a powerful audio converter and audio editor which can convert between more than 180 popular audio formats like DTS, SWF, MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA, FLAC, OGG, AIFF, etc. Moreover, it can extract audio from video and music video in only a few clicks, and convert 2D movies to 3D with ease. Leawo Video Converter supports all portable devices audio and video conversion. Simply speaking, with this converting tool, the portable devices users can directly obtain the correct media formats for their phones or other devices without any further format conversion. Other bonus features make Leawo Video Converter more useful and user-friendly. For example, Leawo Video Converter is designed with such an easy-to-use interface, multilingual support as well as adding subtitles and selecting audio track. For the detailed steps on how to convert SWF to common video formats, please refer to the following tutorial.

Step 1. Get Leawo Video Converter download

Download Leawo Video Converter and install it on your computer. You can simply obtain the download link via the official website.

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  • Leawo Video Converter

    1. Convert video and audio files between 180+ formats without quality loss
    2. Support 720P, 1080P and even real 4K video output
    3. Create photo slideshows from photos stored on camera, computer, camcorder, etc
    4. Built-in video editor to trim, crop, add watermark, apply special effect, etc
    5. 2D to 3D converter with 6 different 3D movie effects available

Step 2. Add SWF video to the program

Load the SWF video. You can click on the “Add Video” icon to import the file or just drag the SWF video directly to the main menu.


Step 3. Choose the output video format

You can open drop-down box beside the green icon “Convert” to choose “Change” to enter the “Profile” panel where you can set the output video format. Here, you can choose “HD MP4 Video” (based on your own requirements) which can be perfectly compatible with iPad device.


Step 4. Set the HD Video parameters

You can just open the drop-down box to click “Edit” instead of “Change” in the main menu. It includes “Video Codec”, “Bite Rates”, “Resolution”, “Frame Rate” and “Aspect Ratio”.


Step 5. Start converting

Click the big green icon “Convert” on the main interface to start converting the SWF file to HD MP4. Before it starts, you need to confirm the “Save to” route. Then just click “Convert” to start. Finally, you just need to wait and the conversion process will be completed in several minutes.


Part 3: How to Download Flash Videos to Play on iPad?

If you haven't downloaded any Flash video, you can download it directly from the web. And to do this, you need CleverGet Video Downloader. This is a tool capable of downloading videos from over 1000 websites. For instance, you can download videos from YouTube, download videos from Dailymotion, etc., and then save them as MP4 or MKV files - all of which can be played directly on the iPad. As for video quality, you get up to 8K video resolution and 320Kbps audio.

Step 1: Download and install CleverGet Video Downloader

Download and install CleverGet Video Downloader by clicking the corresoponding button below.

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  • CleverGet Video Downloader

    - Download videos up to 8K resolution
    - Support 1000+ sites
    - Support live video M3U8 link downloading
    - Multi-task and playlist download
    - Built-in browser and player
    - Advanced hardware acceleration
    - Easy-to-use interface

Step 2: Set output directory

Launch the software after installation. Then, click the three-dots icon and then choose “Settings” to pop up the Settings panel. Now, you can change the default settings such as the language of the interface, the output folder for saving the downloaded video, homepage and other settings. Finally, click the “Save” button to apply.


Step 3: Download Flash videos to play on iPad

Copy and paste the link of the target Flash video into the address bar and hit "Enter" on your keyboard. When playing a video, CleverGet will automatically detect the resources available for download and list all downloadable options on the "Download" panel that pops up. Choose one of the options of the format, size and resolution you want, then click the "Download" button to start the download.


Step 4: Check download process and manage downloaded videos

When it starts downloading the flash video, you will be directed to the download tab where you can view the video currently being downloaded and stop and end the task if needed. After the download process is complete, you can view the downloaded video under the Video tab, double click the video to play and find the video.


Part 4: How to Transfer Converted Videos to iPad?

Converting SWF to HD MP4 files is easy with Leawo Video Converter, and transferring the converted videos from computer to iPad is even easier with transfer software after you have converted SWF to videos files iPad supports. Leawo iTransfer is used for transferring files among iOS devices, computers and iTunes, and you are able to transfer videos to iPad as well as transferring videos from iPad to PC with Leawo iTransfer with ease. The following guidance tells you how to play flash videos on iPad with the software.

Step 1. Download and install Leawo iTransfer on your computer

Go to the official site and download iTransfer free in seconds. Then, install the program on your computer.

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  • Leawo iTransfer

    - Transfer files among iOS devices, iTunes and PCs with ease.
    - 6x faster than iTunes
    - Transfer up to 14 kinds of data and files without iTunes.
    - Support the latest iOS devices like iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, etc.
    - Play back, view, and delete data and files on iOS devices.
    - Support Windows & Mac OS

Step 2. Run Software and Connect iPhone

Run the software after installing Leawo iTransfer. Connect your iPad to computer and the software will automatically scan your iPad and show all your iPad files in the window.


Step 3. Add Movies from Computer

Click File > Add > Add File to add the videos to the software. After clicking “Yes” and then the transfer begins. Or Click the "Movies" on the left sidebar to add files. You are also allowed to drag and drop the movies into the software window.


Step 4. Transferring Movies to iPad

The transfer process starts with a dialog. The dialog tells you the transfer process with a progress bar. When the transfer finishes, the videos will be in your iPad's Video Library. And you can play flash videos on iPad directly.


Part 5: How to Watch Flash Videos on iPad Directly?

Even though iPad doesn’t support Flash video format, all hopes are not lost. In order to watch Flash videos on iPad directly, users can try the following ways.

1. Watch Flash videos on some websites

iPad can’t play the downloaded Flash videos directly, however if you can go to some streaming websites whose videos are formatted in HTML5/H.264 format, then you can obtain the smooth Flash video playback solutions. For example, YouTube.com can be one of the options. What you need to do is to enter the website directly on your iPad and all the videos can be played successfully.


2. Download and install some apps to play Flash videos on iPad

Without any video converting process, you can refer to some app alternatives to get access to these Flash videos. For example, if you would like to watch some streaming live podcast on your iPad, instead of watch them unsuccessfully, you can watch it in Flash at Ustream.com as the alternative choice. Then in a more simple way, you can download this app from the App Store which can allow you to watch directly on iPad.


Part 6: 3 Best Flash Web Browser for iPad

If your preferred Flash video website can’t be compatible with iPad and you still would like to watch them, finally you can refer to some specific Flash web browsers for iPad which can decode the SWF format easily. Here are the top 3 Flash web browsers you can turn asides to.

1. Puffin

Puffin is an extremely fast mobile browser, which supports most Flash websites and can play most Flash videos on the Internet. It is possible to display flash videos and play flash games on mobile devices without any plug-ins. It can quickly display the full version of the web page through cloud computing acceleration technology. It can speed up mobile browsing by shifting workloads from devices with limited resources to cloud servers, and web pages with high resource requirements can run fast on your phone or tablet.


2. iSwifter

iSwifter browser is a powerful mobile browser, which can convert the flash video content on the webpage into a format that can be recognized by the iOS device through its own server, and realize the playback of flash animation in the webpage through remote server rendering technology. This browser has the drag-and-drop feature which can offer a 10-minute free trial session and can be purchased from the App Store.


3. Cloud Browser

Cloud Browser is a completely open source and completely free computer browser, which supports Flash and Java applications. This browser is green and free of installation, ready to use after decompression, has a simple interface and small memory consumption, just like the old version of the IE browser, there are no too many ads and useless plug-ins to steal user privacy.