is *.flv obsolete?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Quotenfrau, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. Quotenfrau macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011

    I have a lot of *.flv videos in my collection. It's annoying that Finder doesn't show preview for *.flv

    All new Youtube videos are in *.mp4, not *.flv anymore. So I ask if *.flv is obsolete and I should convert all media to *.mp4?

    Howto convert *.flv loss less to *.mp4?

    what do you think?
  2. dan1eln1el5en macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    obsolete for sure.

    convert them asap to something that doesn't require Flash to play.

    mp4 is a way to go there are others, but with mp4 you are sure to have OS X support for years to come and previewing in quicklook, moving them to iOS and iTunes.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    It's not just YouTube. Flash Video (.flv) has been obsolete for a couple of years now. Some video sites have converted their entire inventory of videos from .flv over to .mp4.

    There are any number of utilities that will convert the video. FLV Crunch is free.
  4. Parkin Pig macrumors 6502a

    Parkin Pig

    Oct 23, 2009
    I hope so

    It'd be nice to see Flash disappear altogether - I find the constant 'forced' updates of Flash Player to be intensely irritating. It served its purpose to begin with, but for me, I'd be glad to see the back of it.

    Handbrake is another utility which converts .flv files to .mp4
  5. Quotenfrau thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    thank you guys.

    I converted all videos with Handbrake batch mode to MP4. I hope that I don't get new FLV. I download NSFW videos off the internet.
  6. h4lp m3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2011
    New Orleans
    I thought there was a plugin to allow FLV quicklook.. SDK something...? :confused:
  7. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    I think.....

    the issue of more concern is to get rid of Flash. Too many problems/updates. But obsolet?....Can become the day Flash is no more.

    Convert the files you have to .mp4 I am sure a Google search would give you some choices about what software to use....

  8. crjackson2134 macrumors 68040


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    Hey, thanks for the tip about FLV Crunch. I don't have any files to convert, but I like having it in my toolbox :)
  9. smetvid macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2009
    Even Flash itself hasn't really used FLV in a long time. Most developers and live video streaming applications based on Flash have been using mp4 for many years now. I believe it was 2007 when it switched over. Yes that is how long the Flash player has been using mp4. The exact same file and profiles used by HTML5 video. In fact cross browser video players will use the exact same mp4 file to play in the HTML5 player or the Flash fallback player.

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