Free FLV Converter

Free FLV Converter

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 293 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.81
  • Total Downloads:
    2,533,787
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 01, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Lightweight and effective, this program is a great way to convert video files from Flash formats into something useful beyond Web pages. Specializing in formats meant for portable devices, Free FLV Converter also supports AVI and can download embedded SWF or FLV vids directly from the Internet when you punch in the URL.

The app can also perform local searches for vids as well as convert to FLV. Hitting either conversion tab will automatically open a file browser so you can choose your victim. From there, a conversion window opens up, and you can change the basics such as settings, including output format, quality, and destination directory, as well as more advanced options like the codec, aspect ratio, and the frame rate. Tap convert at the bottom of the window when you're ready, and the Free FLV Converter works smoothly and without interfering with other programs.

Free FLV Converter does have one annoyance: When you install it, be sure to opt out of the Dealio toolbar. It's no more than a minor drawback, though, and doesn't cause problems later on. Seeing as how the app ran smoothly in the background, it's definitely a must-use piece of freeware.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.7

    out of 42 votes

    • 5 star 10
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 18
  • All Versions

    3.0

    out of 293 votes

    • 5 star 82
    • 4 star 56
    • 3 star 30
    • 2 star 27
    • 1 star 98
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3 stars

"An almost perfect FLV converter..."

February 11, 2009  |  By Sparky_666

 |  Version: Free FLV Converter 5.81

Pros

Converts very fast and has a lot of options for tweaking video output (video formats, setting bit rates, using various CODEC's and like that).

Cons

The installer WILL install a potentially harmful toolbar and maybe even an unwanted BHO (which might hijack your homepage). You MUST pay CLOSE attention when installing if you don't want these things! Also, no alternate VPU processing - CPU Only!

Summary

There seems to be a newer version available and just why CNet (currently) doesn't have it is not known. Nevertheless, when you install this program it will find updates via the Internet and you will be presented with the option to download it which is what I did (I am using version 6.xx). You can turn this update feature off if you want to, but either way either version seems to be the exact same thing where any newer version might only include bug fixes.

Overall, this is a great video converter but is still somewhat limited with the input type of video format that it can use (as if the title didn't tell you). For example, if you want to convert FROM an MP4 to a FLV you can't! However you can take a FLV and make an MP4, AVI, WMV or even a better tweaked out FLV. And just why you would want to make an FLV from an FLV would at first seem to be somewhat redundant, until you consider possible formatting issues - which you can perform here.

In my case, I will be using this to convert my FLV's to something more usable since it is a great first step towards that direction. And once those pesky FLV videos are in AVI or even WMV format then I will be able to edit them! Still, I wish there were some way to convert the other way too since there just doesn't seem to be a way to take a WMV, AVI or something else and convert TO an FLV file (as you might assume).

Lastly, it's worth pointing out that if all you want to do is simply watch your FLV videos (and only on your Windows box) that you DON'T need this nor any kind of video converter. However, you will need a better video "player" since I'm sure you may have noticed that Windows Media Player just doesn't cut it (even in the current beta release with Windows 7 build 7000). Therefore, I suggest KMPlayer, VLC or even GOM (in that order) if that's you.

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1 stars

"will not convert my SWF file"

April 01, 2009  |  By roccot3

 |  Version: Free FLV Converter 5.81

Pros

price - free

Cons

won't convert a SWF on my drive.

Summary

I downloaded this to convert a SWF file on my machine to another format. Review says "...can download embedded SWF or FLV vids directly..." and then "The app can also perform local searches for vids as well as convert to FLV." This implied it will convert a SWF file, yet the convert utility will only allow you to select FLVs.

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1 stars

"VIRUS ALERT!!!"

March 30, 2009  |  By thinkerer

 |  Version: Free FLV Converter 5.81

Pros

There is little to recommend this.

Cons

My CNet download popped up several viruses/trojans during the install - software caught it, but CNet could do better.

Summary

CNet should know better: Program installs viruses, translates videos poorly.

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4 stars

"After you figure out how to use it, it works great."

March 24, 2009  |  By jdayzd33

 |  Version: Free FLV Converter 5.81

Pros

It does exactly what cnet says it does.

Cons

better instructions would be good.

Summary

use it....

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1 stars

"Crashes and installs DealIO adware"

March 23, 2009  |  By kolakowskit

 |  Version: Free FLV Converter 5.81

Pros

None found

Cons

AVoid this as it crashes with an illegal reference to memory it should not be addressing. Even after requesting to turn off DealIO adware.

Summary

Scary.

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5 stars

"not a single hitch !"

March 22, 2009  |  By gmurray618

 |  Version: Free FLV Converter 5.81

Pros

it downloaded then converted to windows media.

Cons

the first time i opened the file it seemed suspicious, that's it.

Summary

it downloads youtube video and converted it. nice and quick, good picture quality.

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4 stars

"Better than Grease Monkey"

March 19, 2009  |  By Justeace

 |  Version: Free FLV Converter 5.81

Pros

All I needed was a way to convert FLV videos from YouTube into WMA and I found it for free.

Cons

Wish the YouTube Download and FLV Converter would combine together so I wouldn't have to use two programs but other than that it's exactly what I wanted.

Summary

It's simple, fast and does what it says.

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1 stars

"Extremely Buggy"

March 11, 2009  |  By makuahine2

 |  Version: Free FLV Converter 5.81

Pros

Good program, when it works

Cons

Program crashes all the time, wants to change your search engine settings and install a toolbar. Program locks up when you try to close it.

Summary

This would be a good program if it weren't so buggy. I've had several versions installed because I keep getting suckered into the same program, not realizing it until I've installed it. Yet it never works properly.

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5 stars

"I like it."

March 09, 2009

 |  Version: Free FLV Converter 5.81

Pros

Downloads the video; can search for video right from the program

Cons

Wish it didn't give option to download porn.

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1 stars

"Doesn't work"

March 09, 2009  |  By Relyt22

 |  Version: Free FLV Converter 5.81

Pros

Nothing is good about it

Cons

Won't run. Gives me a runtime error. POS, don't bother downloading.

Summary

This thing is obviously incomplete and does not work at all.

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1 stars

"dangerous, stay away from it"

March 06, 2009  |  By gonter

 |  Version: Free FLV Converter 5.81

Pros

no pros found

Cons

contains an adware component which is very nasty and somewhat difficult to get rid off

Summary

i would not have installed it if i knew beforehand how nasty this thing is.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.81
Version 5.81 adds new Web sites in the list and corrects some of them and improves video conversion.
General
Publisher Koyote Soft
Publisher web site http://www.koyotesoft.com/indexEn.html
Release Date November 01, 2008
Date Added November 01, 2008
Version 5.81
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Converters
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
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File Size Not Available
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Total Downloads 2,533,787
Downloads Last Week 2
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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