It would seem that all the media noise bringing attention to the death of Flash video is premature.
The updated SWF & FLV Player not only gets a nip and tuck facelift, the shackles of Flash Only have been lifted. Hello to the only video player that does Flash video files, and Silverlight, Real media files and more. New logo, new capability, new features, new interface, but wrong name.
What’s In A Flash Player’s Name
The once and mighty SWF & FLV Player (also once named SWF Movie Player) is one of those handy Mac utilities which has added so many features that the original name, and the subsequent name are just wrong.
As you would expect, SWF & FLV Player plays Flash SWF files and FLV files.
No need for Safari or any browser. This is the little player that could. Can. Will. And does. Think of SWF & FLV Player as a simple standalone player, complete with basic movie controls for fast forward, play, rewind, even frame-by-frame.
SWF & FLV Player is so nifty you don’t even need a browser. Just enter a URL and it’ll find the SWF file and play it or download what you need to play it. With such capability comes the need to store, create, and manage video playlists. SWF & FLV Player does that, too.
SWF & FLV Player is free. And despite the current name, it does more.
Doing More With Less
The basic version does a nice job of playing back those nasty SWF & FLV video files, but the Pro version adds more features and more controls. Full screen. Capture a video frame. Save multiple frames from a video. Leave player always on top. Convert Projector EXE files to SWF video.
The player has been updated for version 4.x and offers more Mac-like controls and playlist management. Security features include the ability to allow or disallow receipt of external data (a weak link for Flash security).
The latest version also plays Microsoft’s Silverlight files (their version of Flash animation software), and Real media files.
The developer, Eltima, promised a name change since SWF & FLV Player does more than just Flash video files. On the web site the player is referred to as SWF & FLV Player, or Eltima FLV Player, or Eltima Flash Player, but the official new name appears to be Elmedia Player.
I would have preferred a name that’s more descriptive of the functionality, but so long as it does the job, even a name such as Bill And Ted’s Excellent Media Player would suffice.
What you get for free is a very useful Flash media and animation player that does more (besides Flash there’s Silverlight, and Real, and other popular video and audio formats). The Pro version adds more capability, of course.
If yo find yourself swimming in video file formats, SWF & FLV Player, uh, Elmedia Player is a way to navigate the currents with less effort.