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.FLV File Extension

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File TypeFlash Video File

DeveloperAdobe Systems
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CategoryVideo Files


This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is an FLV file?

An FLV file is a flash-compatible video file exported by the Flash Video Exporter plug-in (included with Adobe Flash) or other program with FLV file support. It consists of a short header, interleaved audio, video, and metadata packets. The file stores audio and video data in a similar format used by standard Flash (.SWF) files.

More Information

The FLV format is an open format that is also supported by non-Adobe/Macromedia programs. FLV files may be exported from QuickTime Pro or other applications that can export to the QuickTime file format.

Macromedia was acquired by Adobe in 2005, so Macromedia Flash Player is now Adobe Flash Player.

Programs that open FLV files
File Viewer Plus
Adobe Flash Player 20
Adobe Flash Professional CC
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
Applian FLV Player
Eltima SWF & FLV Player
Eltima SWF & FLV Toolbox
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
VideoLAN VLC media player
Media Player Classic
Nullsoft Winamp
Adobe Flash Player 20
Adobe Flash Professional CC
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
Eltima Elmedia Player
VideoLAN VLC media player
Apple QuickTime Player with Perian component
VideoLAN VLC media player
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
BIT LABS Simple MP4 Video Player
antvplayer Media Converter
J2 Interactive MX Player
Updated 5/12/2016

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