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Converting to .flv not working

No software appears to work for me



10:51 pm on Feb 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi. I've been trying to convert some videos to Flash files to keep on my web site. I've been trying various trial versions of software to no avail--they all either crash on me or fail to convert the files. I use Ulead VideoStudio 11 to edit the videos and save as .avi files. I can't find some of my older original files, so the best I have for those are .wmv. I have the original taped version, so I can re-edit if necessary.

I've tried Riva FLV Encoder 2.0, which gives me this message: This can be caused by a not supported combination of parameters or by a not supported video codec. I've also tried Flash Video Studio and Super.

I know there must be others out there that will work for me. I've always had problems converting videos because the software just doesn't want to work. Since my web site is non-profit, I'd prefer free or low-cost.

Thanks for any help you can offer!


11:24 am on Feb 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I know the quality settings are not wonderful but you might try uploading to YouTube.

It is easy enough to retrieve the converted FLV file, and presumably you can then delete it.


10:50 pm on Feb 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Sometimes free is better. Have you tried ffmpeg?

There's also an awful lot of software out there that uses ffmpeg under the hood. So, it's possible to put a friendlier face on this command-line tool.

While it doesn't support writing ON2 VP6, it does support earlier Flash formats. And as it comes with a wide variety of codecs (and more as optional plugins) it can at least be useful for moving out of your troublesome existing formats.

You could start by downloading an ffmpeg-based player (such as VLC, or the simple ffplay) and see if it will play your videos. If so, ffmpeg will almost certainly work with them. (Some of these players have additional codecs, though.)

I'd suggest looking-up ffmpeg and vlc on Wikipedia.

Oh, yes, VLC can itself encode, so that's an option too. Although it's a GUI program, it's not terribly user-friendly, though. Options, options, options...


10:15 pm on Feb 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the new ideas. Glad to have a new direction in which to head!


9:24 am on Feb 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Kind of late, but SUPER is a nice Windows GUI that has FFMPEG and MEncode and other encoders built in. It's free too of course.


7:50 pm on Feb 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, carguy. SUPER is one of the programs I did try and it just didn't work. Very perplexing, but I just chalk it up to Vista and its myriad of incompatibilities. I did stumble upon SWiSHvideo3 and it works great, so that's what I'm using now.


8:31 am on Apr 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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DVD Video Soft has a free video to flash converter as well.

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