I downloaded a pack of about 50 .flv videos, most work just fine on any software that plays .flv, but some only play audio without video. I use Ubuntu 10.04 as main OS but also tried on Windows and had the same problem. I tried VLC v1.2 and latest, non worked.

I've tried converting the .flvs to .avis with ffmpeg, and the .avis play fine but the quality sucks, and it took a lot of time to convert so I don't want to image how much it would take to convert it without quality loss.

Lastly, I installed this on Linux: DesktopPlayerAir.

This player can play all the videos with sound and image, so I don't think the VLC can't play the videos because of a codec. But there's a problem, this player has no extra features, not even a playlist and I really need a playlist. I think this player works for all the videos because it makes uses of flash player core.

Does someone knows a similar video player for Linux that will play .flv videos and has a playlist feature?

  • Use Windows Media Player with K-Lite codec pack, it has playlist support. (For Windows) – HackToHell Feb 25 '12 at 11:32
  • You tried VLC for Linux and VLC for Windows and it didn't work, that's correct? Have you tried other player besides VLC? – That Brazilian Guy Aug 21 '13 at 8:57
  • Can you upload and provide a link to one of those FLV files so we can determine the audio and video codecs? Or can you determine those yourself using videohelp.com/tools/MediaInfo or videohelp.com/tools/Gspot ? – That Brazilian Guy Aug 21 '13 at 9:03
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    OP, can you post the codec information of the problematic videos? Since you have VLC, you can get the codec info by CTRL+J – Phil A Oct 22 '13 at 0:40
  • Can you post the command you used for ffmpeg? If you used the default settings that could be why the quality sucked - for some reason the ffmpeg defaults are completely pants. – stib Apr 29 '14 at 3:40

VLC has a playlist and can play flash videos. It may be the case that the support for certain formats is not included in the binary package that is shipped with Ubuntu. You can either look for a Ubuntu package that has support for ffmpeg (libformat) and win32codecs or you can build VLC from source and include support for the codecs that you want (step 4).

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Totem is the default video player in Ubuntu, it plays .flv videos (amongst many other formats, it can even play a DVD .iso file!), it has a playlist feature, and when it encounters a file with a supported but not present codec it displays a dialog offering to install it.

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