No love for SWFs in Premiere Pro

Apparently one of my favorite and most efficient workflows when it comes to animating in Flash for video has been removed from Adobe Premiere Pro. Was I barely on the bubble with this workflow? Perhaps I was but it worked really well. It seems to me Adobe feels like the Flash > SWF > Premiere > (insert chosen video format here) workflow is not popular enough to support. That’s bad news because it’s a workflow I have detailed in a couple of my books.

Crap

So now what can we do?

Well this morning I opened up a project I created using the above mentioned Flash > Premiere path only to find all of the imported SWF media to appear as offline in Premiere. I used the “locate File” command only to find that the SWF format is completely invisible in my Finder window.

Double crap

It’s really true. Premiere Pro CC completely ignores SWF files.

Go to a happy place…go to a happy place…go to a happy place… 

 

My options are:

Open each FLA and use the “Export Video” feature in Flash and replace each footage with the resulting MOV file.

Import each SWF file in After Effects and import that After Effects project into Premiere.

The sad part about SWFs no longer supported in Premiere is that SWFs are much smaller in file size than MOV files. It was also much easier to make changes in Flash after editing in Premiere Pro. Simply updating the SWF by publishing from Flash was super quick and easy as the SWF compiler takes a fraction as long as exporting to Video.

Open plea to Adobe: We all just want the SWF > Premiere workflow returned to us – no questions asked. Just leave it on the front doorstep and walk away. Nobody else has to get involved.

There’s power in numbers folks. If you feel the same way as I do, go here to voice your request.

4 Comments

  1. Hey Chris you might also try the Swivel app downloadable at NewGrounds.com. I was amazed at the results, it creates television quality output from root timeline based swfs. Audio and Video sync up beautifully. Yes, it’s an extra step from your old workflow, but damn is it fast. Jazza has good tutorial on Youtube here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0mQkVH0fMM&index=10&list=PL56HnYjby8om75bruhJWR7nHpz4RQhwVa

    • April 30, 2014
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    Thanks froguts! Nice find!

    • May 11, 2014
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    In a similar vein with Flash, get them to bring back the features that they dropped from CC. And also I’d like to hear your thoughts on these: https://forums.adobe.com/message/4935680#4935680 (comment 65)

      • May 13, 2014
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      Adobe has some cool updates planned. That’s all I can say at the moment.

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