Sunsetting Flash

Hit the road, Flash! And don’t you come back.

By 2020, browsers will no longer support Flash due to inherent security flaws and significant resources required to maintain the platform.

flash/swf logoWhat is Flash?

Contrary to popular belief, Flash is not just a superhero from the DC Comics’ universe. Flash is also a software platform owned by Adobe, which:

  • Produces animations, web applications, games, and embedded web browser video players.
  • Allows streaming of audio and video, and can capture mouse, keyboard, microphone and camera input.
  • Creates file types: FLV, SWF

Are you using Flash?

To answer this question, go to your online course in Webcourses@UCF, click on Files, and search for SWF and FLV. If you find any of these file types in your course and they are still being utilized, it’s time to figure out your next steps on how to update or convert your content.

Converting Flash Files

If you still have access to the original source file/s (most likely PowerPoint), you can export the content to another format such as HTML5 or MP4. If you don’t have access to the source file, you can convert the Flash file to MP4 using free software such as Swivel and iOrgSoft.

After you have converted the flash file, you can then add the media to a page in Webcourses@UCF or host the video either on your own YouTube channel or CDL’s Vimeo channel and embed the video in your course.

Note: some Flash files may not convert properly. It might be time to revisit that content and look for newer multimedia resources. If you have one, this might be a good time to talk to your instructional designer.

Lightboard / One Button Studio

If you are looking to update your content, head over to the Faculty Multimedia Center to try out the Lightboard, which allows you to record lectures at the touch of a button. You can write on the glass to further explain your content and even incorporate your PowerPoint presentation. It’s easy to use and encourages shorter, focused video clips.

Video@CDL

The Center for Distributed Learning has its very own video team that can help online professors by creating professional and interesting course content.  Video@CDL services are reserved for faculty that are credentialed to create and teach W, M, and RA courses. They also offer video hosting.

Webcourses@UCF Support

If you need technical assistance with Webcourses@UCF, contact Webcourses@UCF Support.