Some users are at a loss when it comes to Flash file formats FLV and F4V. These users may be well aware of the differences of FLV and SWF, but FLV and F4V may get them very confused. FLV and F4V are both Flash video, but what are the differences between FLV and F4V? Let’s first take a look at their definitions:
FLV, or Flash Video is the web standard and the most compatible video type with all PC and Mac users used to deliver video over the Internet using Flash Player. FLV format has now become the established format for embedded video on the web; and FLV formats are used widely on mainstream video website, for instance: YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo! Video etc. Flash video can be played on web without additional codec requirements on most OS.What’s F4V?
Adobe Flash developed F4V format for online HD video streaming. F4V builds on the open standard ISO/IEC 14496-12:2008 (MPEG-4 Part 12) ISO base media file format and supports H.264/AAC–based content. It has a flexible structure and defines specific supported codecs and extensions, facilitating simplified interoperability across tools, services, and clients. F4V can be considered as a new type of FLV file.
FLV and F4V are both Flash videos. And on Wikipedia explains as the following:
Flash Video is a container file format used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player versions 6–10. Flash Video content may also be embedded within SWF files. There are two different video file formats known as Flash Video: FLV and F4V. The audio and video data within FLV files are encoded in the same way as they are within SWF files. The latter F4V file format is based on the ISO base media file format and is supported starting with Flash Player 9 update 3. Both formats are supported in Adobe Flash Player and currently developed by Adobe Systems. FLV was originally developed by Macromedia.
Hm, the above may be too technical for regular users. However, it has well explained both formats and their technical background. Actually, as a regular user, you can just regard F4V as an advanced FLV or HD FLV, which is encoded with H.264 video codec and produces better playback quality. And it is not very necessary for regular users to get to the bottom of al the technical issues.
And Doremisoft video to flash converter can help you to convert any video format to flash video flv and swf and generate an HTML webpage embedded with flash video. and its Mac version named Video to Flash Converter for Mac.
FLV Converter for Mac can convert flv to the other video format and convert video to flv on Mac OS X easily.