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How do you convert FLV file format to a format that Picasa recognizes (e.g. AVI, MPEG, WMV)?

Well i've been looking around google for hours trying to find a way on how to convert a FLV (Flash Video File) into an .AVI or .MP4 Video. There's something that let's me do this type of converts?

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marked as duplicate by slhck, Sathya Jan 22 '12 at 15:04

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please add more details. what is your operating system? what type of conversion are you looking for (online or local)? –  gadgetmo Jan 22 '12 at 9:34
    

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  1. Get the latest FFmpeg build from Zeranoe
  2. Extract the executable to a searchable path (e.g. %windir%)
  3. Use the following at the command prompt

    ffmpeg -i "your flv file.flv" "your avi file.avi"
    

There are a lot of other things that you can do with FFmpeg, for example trying to copy the video and audio streams instead of re-encoding the FLV file (which would result in noticeable quality loss):

ffmpeg -i "your flv file.flv" -vcodec copy -acodec copy "your avi file.avi"

This may or may not work depending on the codecs used in the original file.

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Well, a "lot of other things" would for example include just changing the container. The syntax you gave will re-encode the video without any advanced settings, therefore drastically reducing the quality. –  slhck Jan 22 '12 at 13:22
    
I would doubt the "drastically" bit. Depends a lot on the content itself. –  IUnknown Jan 22 '12 at 13:29
    
I've had very bad experiences. You're right though, as always, it depends :) –  slhck Jan 22 '12 at 13:29

If you want something quick you can use:

http://www.mediaconverter.org/

or

http://www.zamzar.com/

or you can google it:

https://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=convert+videos+online

You don't have to download any programs for these, you just upload your video online and download the converted file.

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