Convert to FLV
To convert video files to FLV format you will need a conversion application, usually referred to as a converter or encoder. Converters are fairly straightforward to use — you simply import a file, choose a preset (and customize the settings if required), then export as FLV. Good converters have additional features such as batch processing options.
There are many converter/encoders available — some free, some cheap, some expensive. If you do a search for "FLV converter" or "FLV encoder" you'll find plenty of options. Three of the most commonly-used converters are listed below.
- Macromedia Flash : The official Flash authoring program comes bundled with a utility called Flash 8 Video Encoder. Flash itself is very powerful (and correspondingly expensive) but the encoder doesn't actually produce the best quality FLV files. If you already own Flash, this is a good way to begin making FLV files but if you want the best possible quality you should try other options.
- Flix : Flix is a collection of encoders by On2 Technologies, the company which makes the VP6 codec used in Flash 8. There are various options including low-budget versions.
- Sorenson Squeeze : A powerful and versatile conversion application.
For a more detailed comparison see Flash FLV Encoders.
- If possible, use a converter with 2-pass encoding. This creates better quality video.
- If you don't want to do the converting yourself, you can pay someone to do it. Contact us for a quote (please tell us how much footage you have and which format).
Example: The screenshot below shows the main screen of Flix Pro. The tabs provide more advanced options, but if you prefer to keep it simple you can convert videos with just a few clicks.
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