FLV (.flv) video files are the most popular and common files used for live streaming on the Internet. It is an open standard file format supported by both Adobe and some non-Adobe products. This file does not support chapters, subtitles, etc., but has wide usage in streaming videos online whether on YouTube, Facebook, or any other platform.
FLV-FLV files are also known as Flash Video Files. It was originally introduced by Macromedia and then developed by Adobe Systems. It is an open standard ISO/IEC 14496-12:2008 container file format that stores synchronized audio and video streams for digital video streaming via Adobe Flash Player v7 and later ones. Some FLV files are delivered embedded with SWF files. The file format supports both live streaming and progressive download, supported by non-Adobe programs too.
MP4 – MP4 stands for MPEG-4 developed by Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) as a multimedia container for storing audio and video formats. It supports multiple audio as well as video codecs compatible with a wide range of media players. MP4, the most popular video file format, supports individual compressions for audio and video file formats. For audio, it uses AAC compression, and for video, it uses MPEG-4 compression. It uses open standard – ISO/IEC 14496 and supports video streaming as well as downloading websites.
|Internet Search||Quite difficult in slow networks, requires the exact URL||Easily searchable|
|Support to Default Codes||Does not support default codes. Separate installation of supported codecs is required||Supports default codes and programs|
|Supported media players||Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Air, Adobe Animate CC 2015, VideoLAN Windows Media Player, VLC Media Player, Apple QuickTime Player, Flash Lite 3 Player||VLC Player, Windows Media Player, KM Player, GOM Player, Real Player, BS Player, MPlayer X, DivX Player, QuickTime media player for Mac, Elmedia, Tune-up|
|Supported Operating Systems||Windows, Mac, Linux, Android||Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android|
As we discussed, .flv videos are generally for online streaming but it can be downloaded and saved to the system or mobile devices as well. However, this file format might not be supported by the default codecs on your system and might require installing the supported ones. Also, it is difficult to play .flv files on your mobile devices.
So, it is required and recommended to convert your .flv video files to .mp4 format, which is a standard video file format supported my most of the devices.
Here are some ways to convert FLV video files into MP4 video files:
This is a completely free manual solution to convert FLV to MP4 video files. It supports conversion between specific video file formats and allows customization of codecs. The process is slow and needs to be done carefully.
This method includes the use of any online converter site to convert FLV to MP4 file format. This conversion needs an Internet connection. Thought it converts multiple video files together, it has file size limitations (can convert files up to a specific file size only).
The process involves visiting a website for online conversion, dragging/dropping or browsing files from the system location, selecting video file settings, and starting the conversion.
The Kernel Video Converter is a professional video converter tool which supports conversion of video file from one format to another. It supports unlimited video files in multiple formats for simultaneous conversion. There is no limitation on the video file size and users can choose the saving location for the converted video files. The conversion is quick, and the tool ensures quality and originality of video files. It also has a free demo version on its website. Let us see the working process of this tool.
Download the Kernel Video Converter tool from its website and install it on your Windows system. Follow these instructions.
Video Tutorial: Convert FLV to MP4 Format
To play the downloaded .flv video files on any media player without any disturbance, their conversion to .mp4 video is necessary. However, manual FLV to MP4 conversion processes have some limitations, and so an effective automated converter is also suggested for FLV to MP4 video file conversion.