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What is FLV

What Is FLV

FLV is a "Flash Live Video" file that uses Adobe Flash Player (formerly known as Macromedia Flash Player) version 6, 7, 8, or 9. It is a format that is designed for web playback, offering high rates of compression. There are two different video file formats known as Flash Video: FLV and F4V. The audio and video data within FLV files are encoded in the same way as they are within SWF files. Flash source files (.FLA) and deployed files (.SWF) are playable by the FLash Player but are not in general synonymous with "video" playback.

The standard video codec that FLV video format uses are H.263, H.264, VP6 and Mpeg4. Commonly FLV video file formats contain video bit streams which are a variant of the H.263 video standard, under the name of Sorenson Spark.

Notable users of the FLV video format include YouTube, Google Video,, Yahoo! Video and MySpace.

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