How to convert FLV files to MP4 format in Windows and Mac OS X

Here are the three best ways to convert your FLV files to the MP4 file format

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Though FLV files are common, MP4s work with nearly all electronic devices. Thankfully, it’s not difficult to convert FLV files to MP4 format. For your convenience, we put this guide together to show you how, whether you use Windows or Mac OS X.

Free FLV to MP4 Converter (Windows)

Free FLV to MP4 Converter delivers what its name promises. Its sleek interface is easy to navigate through, and it contains a multitude of output options. The premium version of the software allows you to edit videos and offers more options. However, for most users, the additional features are unnecessary.

Step 1: Head over to the Free FLV to MP4 Converter download page, and click the green Download Now button. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the software.

Step 2: Once open, click Add File(s) either in the upper-left corner of the program or the big orange Add File(s) button in the center of the program. Find and select the FLV file you want to convert.

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Step 3: Open the drop-down menu next to Output format. Then, select MPEG-4 Video (*.mp4).

Step 4: Open the drop-down menu next to Output folder. From there, choose a save location, and click the orange Convert button. You may be prompted to enter a code, which is easily retrievable via email once you register for an account.

Step 5: Once the conversion is complete, you’re free to enjoy your newly-minted MP4 file!

Free MP4 Converter (Mac OS X)

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While this lightweight, freemium app primarily functions as an MP4 converter, it also includes helpful video editing tools and allows you to perform batch conversions (the ability to convert video files into multiple, different formats at once).

Step 1: Navigate to the app’s page, and click the blue View in Mac App Store link to check out the app in the Mac App Store. Then, click the blue Free button, and enter your Apple password if prompted.

Step 2: Once you have Free MP4 Converter open, click Add Video in the upper-left corner of the app’s window. Then, find and select the FLV file you want to convert.

Step 3: Open the drop-down menu next to Profile. Then, select the device you intend to play your MP4 file with. Choose a save location, and click the blue Convert button.

Step 4: Once the conversion is complete, you’re free to enjoy your new MP4 file!

If you have VLC: Quick conversion with VLC

how to convert flv mp4 vlc saveIf you use the popular free VLC media player on your computer, you may not need to download any new software at all. VLC has a speedy conversion option that you can use to deal with FLV files in short order. Make sure your version of VLC is updated, and then open the app to get started.

Step 1: Select Media on the VLC menu bar, and then choose the Convert/Save option. This will open a new media window that wants you to pick the file you are converting. Select Add to start the browsing process. Locate your FLV file, and then select Open. Double-check that VLC is using the right file, and then select Convert/Save.

Step 2: In the new window, make sure Convert is selected in Settings. Display the output will simply show the video as it’s converted. Deinterlace will help convert interlaced video formats like those used on TVs. Profile allows you to pick what format you want the video to be. Choose an option with (MP4) in it — this means the container will be MP4 and you’ll get the format you want. Don’t choose Dump raw input.

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Step 3: In the Destination section, choose a file name and Browse to choose where to save the file to. Select Save. Your file is now ready to convert! Just select Start to begin. The VLC timer, which usually shows where in the video you are, will now become a progress indicator to show when the conversion is completed.

Cloud Convert (Web-based)

The Cloud Convert site supports a myriad of file formats, along with the option to automatically save files to your email, Dropbox, and Google Drive accounts. Plus, the software is entirely devoid of advertisements, and since it’s Web-based, you can use it on any computer without needing a download, making it a good choice for one-time conversions.

cloud convert screenshot

Step 1: Open the Cloud Convert homepage, and click Select Files. Then, find the FLV file you want to convert, and choose how you’d like to receive your MP4 using the options to the right.

Step 2: Once you add the FLV file you wish to convert, choose MP4 from the drop-down list next to the file’s name. Click the wrench icon to the right to adjust settings like bitrate, frequency, normalization, and others, but this is optional.

Step 3: Click the red Start Conversion button to begin the process. Once complete, you’re free to enjoy your new MP4 file!

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