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Play FLV Files

The easiest way to play FLV files is to download the VLC Media Player. VLC comes in different versions, one of which will be compatible with your computer system. There is a VLC Media Player that will work for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. Once VLC is installed on the computer, playing the FLV files becomes as easy as browsing to it. On the other hand, Windows users who wish to use Media Player Classic to play FLV files can easily do so by downloading the necessary files and codecs associated with FLV. The installation of the FFDShow plug-in pack is recommended to make it compatible with the Windows Media Player.

Compatible Facts with FLV files

The quality and file size of a FLV file is determined by the codec that is used rather than the FLV container itself. FLV format files are able to contain a number of different codecs. These are Sorenson, VP6, Screen Video, H.263, MPEG-4, and AVC. However it is important to consider the codecs with which they are not compatible. Specifically, while FLV files are compatible with the H.263 video standard, they aren't fully compatible with H.264 (even though they are able to contain H.264). The importance of this is that the H.263 codec handles standard definition video, while the H.264 codec handles high definition video. There is no way to use FLV to properly stream high definition video.

Websites that support .FLV files

  • YouTube
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Facebook
  • Box

Program(s) that open FLV files

Windows version

  • Windows Version
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player
  • GOM Media Player
  • KMPlayer
  • Adobe Premiere
  • CyberLink PowerDVD 14
  • Format Factory

Program(s) that open FLV files

Mac version

  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player
  • Mediacoder
  • Adobe Premiere
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