Depending on how the page containing the Flash animation is coded you may be able to find the URL of the SWF file by viewing the page source. Then just open the SWF file's URL in its own browser window (copy-paste the URL into the address bar), then do a "File -> Save Page As" to save the flash file to your hard drive.
Assuming you've got the Flash plugin installed, you should be able to play the video from your hard drive simply by dragging and dropping the file into an empty browser window.Edit:
IE apparently doesn't let you save .swf files using File -> Save As, but Firefox does. So use Firefox for this.
For example, let's take a look at http://badgerbadgerbadger.com
. If you view the source and search for the string "swf", you discover that the Flash file is /badger.swf (i.e. it's full URL is http://badgerbadgerbadger.com/badger.swf
). Open the URL in an empty browser window, then save the page.
You now have a local badger.swf file that you can drop into any empty browser window to play the animation.Edit #2
: If you're a Linux user, or have Cygwin installed on your Windows box, you could also use the wget
command line tool to download the .swf (once you know its full URL).