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.
CloudConvert (Web-based and best option for Windows users)
CloudConvert 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 CloudConvert 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 CloudConvert platform, so you can still complete your work efficiently.
Step 1: From the CloudConvert 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 drop-down menu to the right of Convert To. The Wrench icon gives you the option to change settings such as resolution, volume, and aspect ratio. You can also trim the clip to a specific start and end time.
Step 3: Click the Convert button. Once your new MP4 file has finished processing, CloudConvert may automatically playback your new file so that you can view it and make sure the video looks correct before you download the new file. If you’re happy with the result, you can download the file by clicking on the green Download button. The new file should show up in your device’s Downloads folder.
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. Select 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.