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Since many video sharing websites, such as YouTube, Google Video, Reuters.com, Yahoo! Video and MySpace choose FLV as their source file, FLV files are getting more and more popular. They are spreading like wildfire across the web.
What FLV exactly is?
According to Wikipedia, Flash Video is a container file format used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player versions 6–11. Flash Video content may also be embedded within SWF files. There are two different video file formats known as Flash Video: FLV and F4V. The audio and video data within FLV files are encoded in the same way as they are within SWF files. The latter F4V file format is based on the ISO base media file format and is supported starting with Flash Player 9 update 3
How to Play FLV?
What let you down is that those FLV videos can’t be played in many standard programs in the market. However there is a handful of great Flash Video player named ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater that empowers you play FLV videos and other media content in various formats including WMV, MPEG, MP4, MTS, MKV, FLV, AVI, WMA, M4A, AAC, and etc. What’s more, it works well with Blu-ray, DVDs, and AVCHD.
Download ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater in your computer system, double-click EXE file to install it. Then launch it.
You can click either “Media Manager” or the “Open” button to import FLV file you want to play. By default, it will automatically play the video once you import successfully.
Step 3Customize the file
You can click “AV Center” to customize the file when playing, such as setting the brightness, contrast, hue or saturation.
Step 4Control video playback
Use the controls to watch your video. For example, click the "Pause" button if you want to stop your video temporarily. Double click the video if you want a full screen playback. Click the "Forward" button two or more times to fast forward your FLV video.