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How to Convert FLV to MP4 (or MP4 to FLV ) for Mac/ Windows

Flash Videos, or FLVs, are designed to play in a Flash Player or web browser plug-in. FLV format is also one of the most common video formats on the internet, and many of video-sharing websites like YouTube encode their media as FLVs. MP4 files (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC) are compatible in a much wider variety of programs, cell phones and portable media devices such as the iPod, Zune and PS3.

You might have some .FLV files in your media collection and want to play them on a Apple product, but the device can't support FLV files. In that case, you can convert FLV to MP4 for Mac. On the other hand, if you want to upload a MP4 video and distribute on a YouTube-like website, you'll probably need to compress it to make it more small size, then you can convert MP4 to FLV on Mac.

Convert using Video Converter

Video Converter for Mac is lightweight conversion software specially designed for Mac users to convert FLV to universally accepted MP4 or MP4 to FLV file. It's also capable of converting almost any other multimedia format you've ever heard with the original quality after the conversion. You don't have to have any fancy codecs or player, because it includes built-in player and a lot of codecs. Windows users can use the equivalent version - Video Converter for Windows. Do note that its Windows version has built-in plugin which lets you easily download videos off online and convert in a number of file types.

OK, let's take a look at how easy is to convert FLV to MP4 file on Mac OS X.

Step 1: Import FLV videos

Lauch the app, you'll be presented with a empty window that serves as a drop target for video files.

Click "Add File" button to open the file browser window and import .FLV files – or any other video formats. You can also manually drag the target FLV files into the Mac FLV to MP4 converter. In the main panel, you can delete one or more files as you like and preview your files before conversion.

It comes with bulk conversion that allows you to creates queues if you have multiple FLV videos to convert.

Step 2: set the output format to MP4

Next, move to bottom section of the window. There is a drop-down menu named "Profile", where you'll choose what format the resulting file will be in. Just click it to open the panel and then select MP4 as exported format. H.264 and MPEG-4 video codec are supported.

Rather than choosing a specific output format, if you have a device you want to play the video on, you can alternatively select your device profile from the "Preset" drop-down menu on the left side, this FLV converter to mp4 will adjust the conversion settings appropriately.

Tip: For converting for a device that "Presets" list have not, please follow your device's user manual for the correct supported resolution, and set it manually (if needed) before the conversion.

Video editing (optional)

Actually, as an optional step you can choose or not, you are offered some useful edit functions to edit the FLV/MP4 files in this program such as things like trimming, cropping, flipping, adding effects, watermark.

Step 3: Start Converting FLV file to MP4 format on Mac

Alright, you can simply press the "Convert" button on the bottom right corner to begin encoding FLV to MP4. A couple of minutes later you will get a very quality MP4 file. Conversion will take a bit of time, obviously vary depending on the size of the FLV flash file and your computer hardware specs.

That's it! Now you can drop the converted MP4 files into iTunes to sync with your iOS player and enjoy them in the living room, on a trip, or anywhere.

Tips & Tricks

You can benefit from using this Mac app to make your FLV files work on: FLV to iPhone, FLV to iPad, FLV to iPod, FLV to Quicktime, FLV to Apple TV, FLV to iTunes, FLV to Final Cut Pro, FLV to Sony Vegas Pro, FLV to Windows Movie Maker, FLV to Xbox 360, FLV to PS3, etc.

As a universal media tool, the program also allows you to convert MP4 to FLV for Mac.

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