What is an FLV video?

Discover the basics of the FLV video format, how it works, and which video formats are supported for conversion.

So many types of video formats and video file extensions exist that it can be difficult to determine which type is best for your project. The best way to choose your video format? Understand what each one has to offer and how it works.

This guide explores the previously common video format known as FLV.

What is an FLV video?

The FLV video format was developed by Adobe Systems for its Flash Player. It was created to embed video streams in Adobe applications and for use with a Flash plug-in, which made it a popular choice for streaming videos on YouTube. It was designed to offer users consistency and compatibility with other Adobe programs when editing and storing video files, and was notable for its interleaved audio, video, and metadata packets.

However, FLV videos needed to be converted to interface with other common distribution formats such as Windows Media or Apple QuickTime. And, like other flash video formats (including F4V and SWF), FLV typically wasn’t supported by iOS devices.

Because Adobe has now discontinued support for Flash, you will likely need to convert any FLV file in order to open it or to edit it with a contemporary video editing program.

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