How to Create an FLV File

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FLV files allow you to create streaming videos. They are preferable to other file types because of their small size. They compress the size of the video and allow it to load progressively off a server. In loading the file progressively, the FLV is stored on a server and called by a SWF file. As it loads, a progress bar shows how much of the file has been downloaded and how much there is to go. This process can be seen on all YouTube videos. Creating an FLV file is fairly easy, as long as you have the right software; FLV files are proprietary files linked to Adobe Flash.

Upload your video file onto your computer from your digital camera, camcorder or phone.

Open Adobe Flash Video Encoder, and click the "Add" button to add a file.

Choose the file you wish to turn into an FLV from its folder on your hard drive. Most basic video formats will work.

Select the "Settings" button to adjust video and audio quality, add cue points or crop and resize your video.

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Press the "Start Queue" button and wait until the green check mark comes up under the Status field on your Queue. See Picture 1. A copy of the FLV file should now be in the same folder as your original file.


  • check You can also create FLV files in Adobe Flash by navigating to "File," then to "Import Video" and selecting either of the streaming options in the Import Wizard. The process is essentially the same as the one described in the steps above.

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