MP4 files are all about versatility. They're usually compatible with computers, smart TVs, and even some older devices like iPods. If you have some FLV files that you want to project onto a big screen or mobile device, the first step is to convert those videos to an MP4 file.
There are several ways that you can start the conversion process. Three main techniques are highlighted below.
CloudConvert (web-based and best option for Windows users)
CloudConvert is a hosted service, meaning there is no software to download. This makes it a great option for one-off projects or if you want a simple user interface that doesn't overwhelm you with advanced options.
You can even save your finished projects right to your email, Dropbox, or Google Drive accounts. Because CloudConvert is a free service, you may see pop-up ads that interrupt your user experience. However, this is not the case. There is no advertising on the CloudConvert platform, so you can still get your work done efficiently.
Step 1: On the CloudConvert homepage, click the Choose File button. Find the FLV file that you want to convert.
Step 2: Configure your output file by selecting MP4 from the drop-down menu to the right of Convert to. You can use the wrench icon to change settings such as resolution, volume and aspect ratio. You can also trim the clip to a specific start and end time.
Step 3: Click the Convert button. Once your new MP4 file has been processed, CloudConvert can automatically play your new file so you can view it and make sure the video looks correct before downloading the new file. If you are happy with the result, you can download the file by clicking the green "Download" button. The new file should appear in the Downloads folder on your device.
While this lightweight freemium app works primarily as an MP4 converter, it also includes helpful video editing tools and allows you to do batch conversions (the ability to convert video files to multiple different formats at the same time).
Step 1: Navigate to the app's page and click the blue View in Mac App Store link to check out the app from the Mac App Store. Then click the blue “Free” button and enter your Apple password when prompted.
Step 2: With Free MP4 Converter open, click "Add Video" in the top left of the app window. Then find and select the FLV file that you want to convert.
Step 3: Open the drop-down menu next to profile. Select the device that you want to play with your MP4 file. Then cChoose a safe place. Click the blue Convert Button.
Step 4: After the conversion is complete, enjoy your new MP4 file.