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.flv File Extension

Developer: Adobe Systems
File type: Flash Video File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .flv. Files with the file extension .flv can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .flv files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .flv file?

Adobe Systems developed Flash Video encoding specifications and video data compression standards for digital videos distributed as lightweight videos that are embedded unto Web pages and streamed on the Internet. These Flash Video files are stored in the FLV format and are appended with the .flv extension. Adobe Flash is bundled with the Flash Video Encoder plugin, which is used to export video files to the FLV format. Widely used Web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer are integrated with compatibility support and playback functionalities for these .flv files. The content of an FLV file normally includes interleaved digital video and audio data, short headers and meta descriptions, and the interleaved audio and video data of an FLV file is stored in the SWF format and integrated as hosted multimedia content under the FLV file. QuickTime Pro can also be used to export video files to the FLV format. Adobe Flash Player, RealNetworks RealPlayer, Winamp and VLC Media Player are just some of the multimedia applications that are embedded with playback functionality and compatibility support for opening and viewing the content of these FLV files.

how to open a .flv file?

Launch a .flv file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .flv file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .flv files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .flv file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .flv file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .flv file association errors

applications that open a .flv file

Adobe Flash Professional CS6

Adobe Flash Professional CS6

Adobe Flash Professional CS6 is an authoring software intended for the making of multi-media content and animation for a variety of applications. This Adobe authoring tool allows the combination or exportation of numerous symbols as well as sequences of animation into a single sprite sheet. It also creates interactive contents through native extensions that can access capabilities of supported devices. CS6 has an improved feature which is the HTML5 support for better and accurate creation of contents (for both drawing and animation capabilities), with the option to export finished data as JavaScript just to be compatible with CreateJS open-source framework. Moreover, this program is bundled with pre-packaged AIR application to allow end users in running contents with no extra downloads necessary, plus mobile simulation included for mobile device apps such as touch gestures, screen orientation and accelerometer. CS6 also includes turbo-charge rendering performance for 2D and 3D contents via the use of direct mode that can leverage open-source Starling Framework.
Quicktime Player

Quicktime Player

Quicktime Player is a multimedia player that was developed by Apple and is integrated into Mac OS X and apple iTunes. Quicktime player is compatible with windows operating systems as well, namely Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. This program is a standalone application in Windows platforms. Quicktime Player supports these video file formats: Quicktime Movie; AVI; MPEG; DV; 3GPP; and 3GPP2. Here The audio file formats supported by Quicktime Player include: Itunes audio; SD2, WAV; AMR; SND; CORE AUDIO; MP3; AU; and AIFF. Users can add some components to enable Quicktime player to support other file formats, such as Flash video, ASF, DivX Media format, OGG and Matroska. This application can be downloaded for free, but if users require comprehensive video editing features like converting files to other format, then it is recommended to upgrade their subscription to Quicktime Player Pro. This is packed with H.264 technology that consumes less storage space and bandwidth but plays high resolution videos.
Media Player Classic

Media Player Classic

Media Player Classic is a famous and widely-used media player software which is purportedly considered as similar to Windows Media Player, based on the function and interface design. Programmed by Gabest, his media player functions primarily by allowing users to watch video or listen to an audio track such as songs through Microsoft Windows of 32 or 64 bit systems. This is integrated with K-Lite Codec Pack, which is a set of codecs and tools reliably working as encoders and decoders of a variety of audio and video file formats. Aside from that, it is also created with Combined Community Codec Pack. File formats accepted for encoding and decoding include the following: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MP4, AAC, AMR (QuickTime) and Flash video formats (videos), and AC3, 3GP, LPCM, OGG, and OGM (audios). Along with audios and videos, this media player also supports recording or playback of TV using a downloaded TV tuner, and burns videos to DVDs. All files supported are played through Windows PCs, Windows mobile phones, and Mac OS X.
VideoLan VLC Media player

VideoLan VLC Media player

VideoLan VLC Media player is a multi-media player software that is considered to be an open source and cross platform multimedia player with framework. Thus, a product that can play most of the standard files of multimedia plus CDs, DVDs and VCDs. It also plays different streaming protocols, supported applications or devices and webcams. There is also the ability to play audios of various codecs even if there are no codec packs included: MPEG-2, WebM, MP3, WMV and MKV. This software works on most Windows computers, Mac OS X PCs, Linux and well as Unix. In addition, there is descryption for DVD which is executed via the libdvdcss library. It also has playback control support for all computers compatible with it using libcdio or libvcdinfo. On Mac computers, this media player can grab audios and videos from EyeTV applications and other devices that capture EyeTV data. On GNU and Linux, it supports encoding cards that are compatible with V4L2 and MPEG-2 which are Visiontech Kfir and Hauppage WinTV-PVR 250-350.
RealNetworks RealPlayer

RealNetworks RealPlayer

Real Player is a universal media player for video and audio that was developed by Real Networks in 1995. The player can read all media formats including, but not limited to, Flash, FLV, AVI, RM, WAV, WMA, MPEG, MP4 and MP3. The files can then be saved or copied to different devices such as iPad, iPod, iPhone, Xbox, Smartphones and PS3. Simple editing is also possible so music and videos can be shortened to save space. It also features a one-click video download option that allows users to copy and save web videos with just a single click. Additionally, users can bookmark videos in RealPlayer. It features a media library where users can easily organize media files and sort them with ease. It allows social media sharing and private mode viewing. System requirements include 1.4 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM and 1.5 GB free space.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .flv files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .flv. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.


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