How to convert FLV files to MP4

MP4 files are all about versatility, and they’re usually compatible with computers, smart TVs, and even some older devices like iPods. If you have some FLV files that you want to project onto a big screen or mobile device, the first step is to convert these videos to an MP4 file.

There are several ways that you can start the conversion process, and we’ve highlighted three main techniques below.

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.

Windows MP4 converter screenshot

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!

Note: Your new MP4 file may contain a six-second ad from Aiseesoft (the creator of the free software) at the beginning of it. But you should be able to remove it by using the video editing app of your choice, like Windows’ Photo app.

Free MP4 Converter (Mac OS)

Mac OS Free MP4 Converter Screenshot
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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 ProfileSelect the device you intend to play with your MP4 file. Then, choose a save location. Click the blue Convert button.

Step 4: Once the conversion is complete, enjoy your new MP4 file.

Cloud Convert (Web-based)

Cloud Convert is a hosted service, meaning there is no software to download. This makes it a great option for one-off projects, or when you want to use a simple interface that doesn’t bog you down with advanced options.

You can even save your finished projects directly to your email, Dropbox, or Google Drive accounts. You might think that, since Cloud Convert is a free service, it will have pop-up ads that interrupt your user experience, but that’s not the case. There is no advertising on the Cloud Convert platform, so you can still complete your work efficiently.

Cloud Convert screenshot

Step 1: From the Cloud Convert homepage, click on the Select File button. Find the FLV file you want to convert.

Step 2: Configure your output file by selecting MP4 from the menu beside your file name. The wrench icon gives you the option to change settings such as resolution, volume, and normalization. You can also trim the clip to a specific start and end time.

Step 3: Click the Convert button and then download the MP4 file.

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