Convert .flv to .mpg or .avi

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by spitkicker, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. spitkicker macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2007
    Well just like the title says.

    I just realized how easy it is to download videos using safari and watch the .flv file.

    The question I have is does anyone know of a program that will convert the .flv files to .avi/ .mpg files?
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    VisualHub can do this (I think the free app, iSquint can too).

    Also, look into CosmoPod. It adds a toolbar button to Safari which recognizes Flash movies and allows you to download them. Then, they can be converted with the above, or using Perian - optionally installed through CosmoPod. I tend to keep plug-ins to a minimum, and like the options I get with VisualHub, so I only use the download functionality of CosmoPod.
  3. FDX macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2006
  4. numlock macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    For free you have
    Isquint and mpeg streamclip

    If you want to pay there is
    quicktime pro and visualhub
  5. nudlebaer macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2003
    Usse Perian

    Find the wonderful Perian on

    You can playback flvs in QuickTime Player or any other QuickTime compatible App and convert it, if you like.

    But you don't have to...
  6. cleo macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2002
    Tampa Bay Area, FL, USA
    I [heart] TubiTunes by Many Tricks (the guy who makes Butler)... it'll convert flv's you've already downloaded, but even better, it'll give you a "bookmarklet" that you drag to your browser's bookmarks bar. Click that when you're on any page with video (like YouTube), it'll automagically download, convert, and add the video to your iTunes library (and even a specific playlist, if you want). It comes with conversion presets of iPod, AppleTV, etc, but you can customize how you want the conversion done, too.

    There are a ton a free apps out there, but this was the best $8 I've ever spent on an app, just because it does in one step what it takes the others three or four steps (or apps!).
  7. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    If these .flv files happen to be coming from YouTube, there is a script you can run from Safari's bookmark bar that will let you download the .mp4 file directly.

    Try making a bookmark with the following contents and run it when you're on a video you want to download.
  8. Chase R macrumors 65816

    Chase R

    May 8, 2008
    Please elaborate...
    I mad a bookmark and inserted that code as the URL, clicked it while watching a youtube vid and nothing happened.
    How is this suppose to work?

    Edit: I got it to work, however, I used a different code I found on the internets.
  9. tuzed macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2009

    You also have vlc, which could convert almost anything into almost anything if you actually bothered to use its not so user friendly interface for transcoding.:D
  10. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
  11. BronzeOwl macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2007
    flv to m4v, jpg, mov and 3gp

    Snow Leopard (10.6) Safari Activity window to get flv and then QuickTimeX to go from flv to other formats.
  12. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    How did you come upon this thread and what was your incentive to resurrect it after almost 400 days?

    This question gets asked a lot (how to download .flv files), and the Activity window in Safari gets hinted at a lot.
  13. iAlexG macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
    I too asked this question last year when i got my mac and was pointed to the activity window for downloading, but it doesnt always work. Sometimes it just opens up this black background window with the video in the middle. What do i do then??
  14. #14
    Why do you need a script to download anything from youtube?

    I just go to youtube using safari, i click on a video i want to see, and if I want to download it, I just open the activity window (command + apple + a), then I double click on the video, and Boom! It starts downloading.
  15. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    This is an old thread, the OP may not be even reading it anymore.

    For iAlexG, you can use a website like to save YT videos onto your HDD, it even converts them to a format you might like.
  16. iAlexG macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
    Ok thanks. i'll just use that next time.
  17. Laurencia7 macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2009
    StreamClip works great but is slow,
    Handbrake works great and is faster, both are free.

    Or you can change the ending of the file in the mac, and it will change the file, ie frog.avi change to frog.mp4 in file name, and changed file.
  18. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    MPEG Streamclip and Handbrake have already been mentioned.

    But I like how one can easily convert one format to another by changing the file suffix. It works with Pages documents too. One can make a Word document out of it by replacing .pages with .doc(x) I suppose?

    Seriously though, how can one change the file format to another by simply editing the file suffix, especially with .avi (mostly used for Divx and Xvid) and .mp4 (mostly used for H264)?

    Please show me documentation of this, thus I don't need that many hours to spend on my job doing those stupid conversions.
  19. brightry, May 11, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2011

    brightry macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2011
    Try using FLV to avi converter for mac , it's completly safe and can convert any movie file including ripping DVD's.
    also don't bother downloading an app to download the flv files of youtube just open the activity window in safari then find the little drop down arrow which says youtube, find the file that is downloading the file will be around 3-15mb depending on length and qaulity, double click on that it will download the flv to your downloads folder.

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