Play Flash videos and more with Applian FLV Player

Play your downloaded videos and more with this free Flash-optimized player.

Applian FLV Player is a free media player optimized for playing Flash videos downloaded from Web sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Break, Daily Motion, and others. It not only plays FLV files from any site but other formats as well, and it adds much-needed features, including high-quality playback in enlarged mode, slow-motion playback, and playlists.

Applian's installer includes many optional downloads, but clicking Decline instead of Accept on each offer keeps any unwanted software out of your system. We don't mind since that's how freeware stays free, and some people may want to try some of the extras, such as Weatherbug. The download also places a variety of Free Games and Music icons on our desktop; we simply dragged them to the Recycle Bin. Eventually, we got to the media player, which has a sleek, dark-toned interface that's actually quite nicely designed. Clicking the Open icon produced a unique Open File dialog instead of the usual Explorer-style file browser; it has two tabs, Files and Disc, with the ability to specify a range of files or CDs, DVDs, and SVCD/VCD disks, including specifying starting chapter and subtitles track. Checking a box labeled Show More Options produced Caching, Start time, MRL, Editing, and synchronous play options in a lower panel. Clicking Play started our video. FLV Player has very good picture and sound playback, and the basic control suite worked well. While it's possible to grab the player's window and drag it to reposition it on the desktop, it sometimes took several attempts to get the player's window to react, though we had no trouble resizing the window. The player also claims a full-screen mode, but we only found a maximize button, not a true full-screen view. FLV Player offers plenty of settings, which isn't surprising since it appears to be built around VLC's open source code.

Using the menu controls, we were able to speed up and slow down video playback, including fine adjustments, as well a jump forward and back, including to specific times. Applian FLV Player is definitely worth a look, especially if FLV is your favorite video flavor.

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