How to Convert FLV Files

If you need to convert FLV files to other formats, there is a way you can do it. However, you'll need to download special software first. Let's take a look at what FLV files are and what you need to change them into the format you want.

What are FLV files?
FLV files are Flash video files. These digital video files are commonly used on Web sites that stream video, such as YouTube or Google Video. FLV streaming video allows the viewer to watch the video without having to download it. But let's say you wanted to download the video to watch whenever you wanted without having to worry about it being taken down from the server that-s hosting it? The downloaded file would save as an FLV file, which can be played only by using a Web browser or a Flash Player. It would be more convenient for you to have it in a more universal format such as AVI or MPEG. To do this, you'll need to get some software.

Where can I get the right conversion software?
PC users can download a freeware data file conversion program called Free Video Converter. This program can handle converting most popular forms of digital video, including FLV. Mac users can try a product called Riva FLV Encoder. It is available for download as freeware (though the creators ask for a donation) and makes converting FLV files for use on the iPod a breeze.

These are just a few popular software solutions. There are more products on the market for you to choose from. Just be sure to read up on any product before downloading or purchasing it to make sure it will be right for your needs, and keep in mind that pirating video is against the law. Stick to downloading your own files that you've stored online.

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