If you are looking for a simple and free way to play the FLV files in your Mac, Sothink FLV Player will be your ideal choice.
Sothink FLV Player, also known as Flash Video Player, supports all files with an FLV extension (*.flv). This compact but powerful tool can play FLV files encoded by different codecs, including Screen Video, Sorenson H.263 and H.264, on2 vp6, etc. It is designed to meet the needs of even the most censorious users:
- Easy-to-use: Drag an FLV file into the program window, and then watch it. Isn’t that easy enough? You can also set Sothink FLV Player as your default FLV player, then you only need to double click the FLV file to watch it.
- Free zoom-in/out function: Sothink FLV Player supports free zoom-in/out function. Just drag the program window with your cursor to your favorite size. Also you can select 50%, 100%, 200% proportion or the full-screen mode directly in the menu.
- Skip function: You can skip the boring part of an FLV file with both the scroll bar and two skip buttons, one for skip forward and one for skip back. Each skip takes 5% length of the whole FLV file, 5 seconds for minimum.
- Convenient Play/Pause: Use Space key to switch between Play and Pause.
- Play list function: The FLV files visited recently are saved in a list for you.
What is FLV
FLV (Flash Video) is a proprietary file format used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player (formerly known as Macromedia Flash Player) version 6, 7, 8, or 9. FLV content may also be embedded within SWF files. Notable users of the FLV format include YouTube, Google Video, Reuters.com, Yahoo! Video and MySpace.
Commonly FLV files contain video bit streams which are a variant of the H.263 video standard, under the name of Sorenson Spark. Flash Player 8 and newer revisions support the playback of On2 TrueMotion VP6 video bit streams. On2 VP6 can provide a higher visual quality than Sorenson Spark, especially when using lower bit rates. On the other hand it is computationally more complex and therefore will not run as well on certain older system configurations.
Why do I need FLV Player?
Although you may enjoy Flash Video on web page, you can’t play the downloaded flv files directly by Windows Media Player or other common players. The installation of the Flash Player or Macromedia Flash development tool also does not install any player associated with FLV files. After installed Sothink FLV Player, you can open flv files directly by double-click the icon, as simply as open wma, rm, mov files in Windows Media Player, Real Player or QuickTime, etc.