Can FLV File be Played on VLC Media Player?

by Brian Fisher • Nov 11,2016 • Proven solutions

Can VLC Play FLV?

VLC can play FLV files but sometimes the problem might occur and the users might not be able to open files with .flv extension on VLC as the codecs to run FLV files might not be installed within the software package. The file might still open but it will not run and you want be able to see the video or listen to the audio. In that case, to play FLV formats you need to have certain codecs installed. You can download it from internet and then you can use the VLC player. It will work properly then.

Play FLV After Converting to VLC Supported Formats

Many a times a person is unable to view their video files, on VLC Player because the file has .flv extension, in that case UniConverter can be used to convert the videos in the format supported by the VLC Player on Mac. It can optimize and convert the formats to fit the VLC player that will run iPad, iPhone and many other Mac devices. The software offers many features like metadata retrieval, high speed, and customizable formats, video editor, 2D to 3D conversion and one can see changes while editing the video.

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Step-by-step guide to convert FLV to VLC supported formats with iSkysoft

Step 1. Import FLV File

Choose the file you want to convert and load it using the drag and drop method. Once the files are loaded, move to the second step.

vlc play flv

Step 2. Choose VLC Supported Format

Now you should select the VLC supported format as the output format, such as AVI, 3GP, MP4, MOV, etc. If necessary, you can edit your FLV video before converting.

vlc player flv

Step 3. Start Conversion from FLV to VLC Compatible Format

Press the "Convert" option. Now the files will be successfully converted and will be available for your use.

vlc play flv videos

Tips 1: List VLC supported video/audio formats

VLC is the most used system these days because of easy to use features. Formats supported by VLC are: H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, EAC3, TrueHD, DTS Core, 3GP, AIFF, ASF, AU, AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, OGG, MKV, MPEG-2 / TS, MPEG-2 / ES, PS, PVA, MP3, NSC, NSV, Nut, Raw (a52, dts, aac, flac, .dv, .vid), True Audio Codec, Ty Tivo, Wav, Xa, etc.

Tips 2: List some of the video codecs

MPEG-1 Part 2, MPEG-2 Part 2, MJPEG (A/B), Divx (1, 2, 3), DivX 4, 5, 6 , 3ivx D4, MPEG-4, MPEG-4 Part 2 (AVP), Xvid, H.261, H.262, H.263 / H.263i, H.264 / X.264, (MPEG-4/AVC) (MPEG-4 Part.10), Sorenson 1 (Quicktime), Sorenson 3 (Quicktime), DV, Cinepak, Theora, WMV 1/2 (7/8), WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1, On2 VP3, On2 VP5, On2 VP6 (used by FLV) etc.

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