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I use one of the Firefox plugins for embedded video to download content from Youtube and other sites. The program downloads these videos in FLV format, and I have VLC Media Player to play them, which seems to be pretty highly recommended around here.

The downloaded video quality is as good as it gets, so the FLV file format is no problem in itself. However, my girlfriend and I use Picasa for pretty much everything since it's so easy to upload and share with friends using the GUI. I really like Picasa as a program and would prefer not to use another media organizer for these FLV videos.

I guess there are at least 2 possible answers to this question:
1) What is the best way to convert FLV format to a format that Picasa can read?
2) Should I find another media organizer program to use specifically for FLV videos instead?

Some people might say I should use VLC to play the FLVs and leave it at that. However, (and I'm no VLC expert) I can't find a way to preview video thumbnails in the way Picasa does it, and that's what I would really like to be able to do.

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Format Factory can do this without a hitch. It can convert between MP4,3GP,MPG,AVI,WMV,FLV, and SWF. The choice of format is yours, it supports them all!

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Format factory is freeware.

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Simply rename the FLV file to AVI like so:

Original file name: example.flv

New file name: example.flv.avi

Picasa will now correctly display the video as well as create a thumbnail for it. I've tried this with Picasa 3.8 in Windows 7 64-bit.

For more information, see my post in the Picasa Google Group

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VLC itself can convert your FLV files. Media >> Convert/Save.

You can also use the Firefox plugin VideoDownloadHelper, which has built-in conversion based on FFMPEG, permitting you to download and convert with one click.

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I tried this, but I couldn't find any setting that would give me the same quality as the original FLV –  Nathan Fellman Dec 2 '11 at 19:40
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ffmpeg will do it too.

example:

ffmpeg -i video.flv -ab 56 -ar 22050 -b 500  -s 320x240 video.mpg
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+1 for my hard work :) –  Molly7244 Jan 11 '10 at 2:33
    
could you add some comments on what each switch does? –  Nathan Fellman Dec 2 '11 at 19:41
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you can use SUPER © (Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer) to convert FLV into pretty much anything.

  • Input Video format: 3gp, 3g2, amv, asf, avi, dat, dvr-ms, fli, flc, flv, m2ts, mpg, mkv, mov m4v, mp4, nsv, ogm, qt, rm(vb), str, swf, ts, trp, ty, ty+, tmf, viv, vob, wmv

If you need a simple, yet very efficient tool to convert (encode) or play any Multimedia file, without reading manuals or spending long hours training, then SUPER © is all you need. It is a Multimedia Encoder and a Multimedia Player, easy-to-use with 1 simple click.

SUPER © is freeware.

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