FLV Extract is a free program that can save video and audio files from FLV files in their original formats without decompressing or re-compressing.
If you weren’t aware of it, FLV files are containers that house audio and video files which may be encoded in any number of formats. FLV Extract gives you the ability to unpack the video and audio files without needing to re-encode or re-process.
This little program will be very useful if you (a) are downloading music from music-sharing sites in the FLV format, or (b) need to demux the audio or video from FLV files.
Converting FLVs to MP3s is possible using a number of programs such as Super or Any Audio Converter; however, these will perform re-encoding operations which take time and in most cases require that the user make a number of quality and format decisions. With FLV Extract, however, the extraction happens in a flash and is almost instantaneous, and the files retain the format and quality with which they were encoded. Here are more notes on this program:
- Nothing to install: just unzip and run.
- The UI: a simple dialog with 3 options: extract video, timecodes, and audio. All you need to do is to drop files onto the app for processing.
- Performance: you can drag multiple FLVs onto FLV Extract and they will be processed immediately within the space of a second (or a few seconds at most).
The verdict: although I do not expect this to have a very broad audience, those of us who need it will greatly appreciate it. Simple, straightforward, and free — just the way I like my software.
Version Tested: 1.3.0
Compatibility: WinAll. Requires .NET Framework 2.0.
Go to the program page to download the latest version (approx 50K).