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Flash Video (FLV) is the name of a file format used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player. The most recent public release of Flash Player supports H.264 video and HE-AAC audio. Flash Video content may also be embedded within SWF files. Notable websites of the Flash Video format include YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo! Video, Reuters.com, Hulu.com, etc.

Part 1. Best Tool to Convert FLV Videos to MOV, MP4, or M4V on Mac

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So what can you do if you want to play the downloaded FLV clips on portable player such as iPod, iPad, iPhone or PSP, to edit FLV video in iMovie, or simply don't like to view it with FLV Player? An FLV converter Mac and/or downloader is what you only want. Here iSkysoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended. It's not only an FLV converter Mac, but also an easy-to-use FLV downloader. Only a few clicks are required to download or convert FLV videos on Mac. This article will show you how to convert downloaded FLV video on Mac. If necessary, also follow first step to download online FLV video if you have not yet.

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Step-by-step tutorial to convert FLV Videos to MOV, MP4, or M4V format on Mac OS X

Step 1. Download FLV video with FLV converter on Mac (Optional)

Download and install iSkysoft Video Converter. It will add a Download button to FLV video on sites like YouTube (over 100 sites supported) so you can save FLV video to Mac in one click.

iSkysoft Video Converter can also convert FLV and MP4 video files to all regular video format another perfectly. Compared with other FLV converters, this Mac FLV Converter provides you with loss-less output quality, more helpful, advanced functions and higher conversion speed, it also has more friendly and easy-to-use interface.

Step 2. Load the FLV files you want to convert

First locate your FLV files in the Finder and directly drag and drop to the program window (Switch to Convert on top if not). To import FLV downloaded in the above step, open Media Browser by clicking the button at the top right corner and switch to Download tab in Media Browser. Find the downloaded FLV file and drag and drop to the item tray in Convert tab. iSkysoft Video Converter allows you to load and convert several FLV files at one time.

Step 3. Choose an output format

Next, choose a format in the Video category of format tray at bottom, e.g. MOV. To make settings, click the Gear button. You can just select the format according to the device name. No settings required. For example, you can select "iPod" when you want to convert FLV to iPod touch on Mac. 

Step 4. Start FLV conversion

iSkysoft Video Converter will convert all the imported FLV video to the selected format. Just click the "Convert" button to start the FLV conversion.

Note: Apart from converting FLV to all sorts of popular video and audio formats, iSkysoft Video Converter for Mac can also convert MP4 to FLV format.

Video tutorial about Convert FLV to MOV, MP4, M4V on Mac OS X:

Part 2. Recommend Another Four FLV Converters

#1. DVDVideoMedia Free Video Converter

With VDVideoMedia Free Video Converter, you can convert and modify FLV and other video formats to those that can be played by your device. It also allows for video editing as well as a sound extractor. Batch conversion enables time saving. It supports video conversion for devices such as iPhone, iPad, android phones, blackberry, Apple TV. The sad part is that you cannot use to convert videos for your windows devices.

Download DVDVideoMedia Free Video Converter >>

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#2. Internet Video Converter HD

The software can convert videos into FLV and generate HTML for hosting them, from formats such as AVI, WMV and MPG. It also allows for editing of the videos and preset configurations while converting. You can use it to download files from sites such as YouTube and other sharing sites. On the downside, the speed is not as high as on other converters.

Download Internet Video Converter HD >>

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#3. Total Video Converter

You can convert different versions of videos to the format you require including FLV. It supports more than 158 formats including HD. Other that, the software can be used for downloading and editing videos as well as burning DVD Blu-Ray and playing. It can also extract audio and rip CDs to audio. It is compatible with Mac OS and Windows 98 and above. This software is convenient when you want to convert your videos at high speed with no loss of quality, to formats used by mobile devices such as AVI, MP4 and 3GP, and also to MPEG, which can be used on DVD.

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#4. FLV Converter

This software is dedicated to converting FLV videos unlike most other converters. It converts to other formats used by computers, audio players, and mobile devices. Some of the output formats include MP4, MPEG, AVI, MOV and formats compatible with iPhone, iPod and PSP as well as 3 gp and mp3 for audio. It can convert many files at a go, saving time. You can also edit the video before converting.

It simplifies searching; downloading and converting files because it can search for a video, download and convert it. The downside is that you need to be keen when downloading because there is no pause option, especially if you are downloading the wrong video.

Download FLV Converter >>

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How to Play FLV files on Mac without FLV Converter Mac

FLV is not natively supported by Mac apps like QuickTime, iMovie, iDVD, etc. nor Apple devices like iPhone, iPad. So if you want to play FLV (Flash Video) files on Mac (Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion included), you then need to use a player that can handle FLV files, or like above, convert FLV to other formats that are supported by Mac.

For FLV player, here are 2 recommendations (both of them are Free):

VLC Media Player features a free, cross-platform media player. The VLC Mac supports a large number of multimedia formats, without additional codecs installed. It can handle FLV, WMV and VOB files to name a few.

QuickTime with Perian installed: Perian for Mac is a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular media formats including AVI, MKV, DivX, 3ivX, FLV, FLV1, FSV1, Flash ADPCM and many more.

Note: This is only for FLV playback on Mac, if you wanna do more, such as edit FLV in iMovie, manage in iTunes and transfer to iPod, iPhone or iPad, you will have to convert FLV to Mac compatible formats like MOV, M4V or MP4.



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