How to Change FLV to MP4
Edited by Pat Bitton
January 27, 2020
Even though HTML5 is gradually replacing FLV (Flash Video) as the standard for streaming media over the Internet, FLV is still used by over one billion people worldwide for embedded video and on social networks such as Facebook or YouTube. However, to be played on a PC or Mac, FLV requires that you install additional codecs, and many mobile devices don't support this format at all. So if you want to watch a video you've downloaded from the Web on your computer or mobile device, make sure to convert the video to a more universal format such as MP4 or MPEG-4. Movavi Video Converter will help you get this done in no time.
How to Convert FLV to MP4 with the Movavi Converter
With Movavi Video Converter, you can change the format of your video, audio, or image files in one click! No need for any special knowledge of media formats – just run the software, open a movie or video clip, select a ready-made preset, and start the conversion. Follow the simple steps below to learn how to convert FLV to MP4.
Install the FLV-to-MP4 Converter on Your Computer
Download and run the installation file for Movavi Video Converter. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the program.
Add the Video Files You Want to Convert
To add video files for conversion, click the Add Media button in the upper left corner of the interface, then choose Add Video, and select the files you want to convert.
Edit the Uploaded Files (Optional)
Before conversion, you can make changes in the files you’ve added via the built-in editing tool. To access it, click the Edit button in the file description.
Among the tabs in the new window, choose Stabilization to reduce shakiness in your videos. Choose Audio to reduce background noise or otherwise alter the sound volume in the files. Open the tab Adjustments to change the parameters of brightness, saturation, contrast, and others. Choose from a library of creative filters in the Effects tab and apply them to your clips. In the tabs Subtitles and Watermark, you can insert upload subtitles or add a watermark, respectively. Choose either Trim, Crop, or Rotate to get rid of unwanted details, cut away the edges of your videos, or rotate the footage.
Compress the FLV Files (Optional)
You can reduce the size of particular large files by using the converter. Click the file size value in the description section. In the box that opens, select the desired quality, bitrate, and size values. Click the Convert sample button to convert a small fragment of your file and check out the quality.
Set MP4 as the Output Format
Click the Video tab. Choose the MP4 preset group, then the appropriate preset. If you want to transform FLV into MP4 for compatibility with your mobile device, click the Devices tab and then locate your device model.
Start Converting FLV Files to MP4
Converted files are saved to the Movavi Library folder by default. To change the output folder, click Save to. After you have specified all the required settings, click Convert and wait for the conversion to be completed.
Upload Video to Your Mobile Device
The folder with converted files will automatically open as soon as conversion is finished. Now you can transfer the converted files to your mobile device. Turn on the device and attach it to your computer. Launch the uploading software on your device and follow the instructions or, depending on the device, transfer files to the target folder.
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Differences between Desktop and Online Converters
How to Convert FLV to MP4 Online
If you’d rather not install anything, or you don’t want to download software for just one task, consider using an online converter. Here’s how to convert FLV to MP4 online.
Go to the Conversion Site via the Link Below
Click the link below to go to the online converter home page:
Add Your FLV File
Upload your file: click the Add Your Media button and choose the file for conversion. Please note that the service has a couple of limitations – file size is limited, and you can only convert one file at a time. If you have multiple files, you’ll need to convert them one at a time.
Perform the Online Conversion
Click Convert to start the process. After the conversion is complete, hit the Download button to retrieve your new MP4 file or wait for the download to start automatically.
FLV vs. MP4 Comparison
FLV and MP4 are both video formats used for storing and streaming videos. The main difference between MP4 and FLV is that they are used for different purposes. FLV is a common format for video streaming and is used by websites like YouTube. On the other hand, MP4 is widely used by mobile devices like smartphones, media players, and the like. Additional MP4 vs. FLV comparisons are in the table below.
|File extension||.flv, .f4v, .f4p, others||.mp4|
|Video coding formats||Sorenson, VP6, Screen Video, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC||H.264, H.265, MPEG-4, others|
|Audio coding formats||MP3, Nellymoser, ADPCM, LPCM, AAC, Speex||MP3, AAC, AC-3, others|
|Device and OS compatibility||Requires additional codecs to be installed on PC and Mac, no native support for mobile devices||Compatible with almost all devices and operating systems|
Frequently Asked Questions
An FLV file is stored within the FLV container format. This format is used for streaming video content on the Internet when using the Adobe Flash Player.
FLV is appropriate for uploading and playing videos on the web. But FLV files can’t be played on PCs without additional codecs and are not supported on some mobile devices. So if you want to watch a video on your device, MP4 is a good choice since it’s a universal format supported by almost every player.
FLV is not natively supported on iPhone. But you can install special players that can run FLV files. Another option is to convert FLV files to MP4 or another format that’s compatible with the iPhone.
FLV files are encoded with lossy codecs such as VP6 or H.264. For this reason, FLV files are relatively small in size and can be easily transmitted over the Internet. If you’re looking for a more efficient coding format, try HEVC – in comparison with H.264, this codec provides better data compression at the same bit rate.
The main advantages of FLV files are that they can be played in web browsers and are usually quite small in size.