Summary: When you open an FLV file the player may give you a warning message saying that it doesn't recognize the file extension. This article will help you get out of that issue.
As soon as one tries to play a FLV file with the help of Windows Media Player, a message will appear saying that the file can't be opened because the extension is invalid. Properly configured codecs needs to be installed to play FLV files using Windows Media Player. The formats supported by windows are .asf, .wmx, .au, .snd, .mov, .m4a, .dvr-ms, .asx, .m4v, .mp4, .wpl, .mpg, .miv, .mpa, .mp2, .mpeg, .3g2, .adts, .adt, .3gp2, .aiff, .wms, .3gp, .mp3, .m3u, .mid, .midi, .mpv2, .cda, .rmi, .wav, .wax, .aif, .wmv, .ivf, .3gpp, .wm, .mpc, .aifi, .aac, .wvx, .wma, .wm2, .m2ts, .mp4v, .avi and .wmd.
Play FLV after Installing FLV codecs for Windows Media Player
WMP uses codecs to play media files. Codecs of many formats are inbuilt in WMP to open files of that format. Yet the codec of FLV needs to be downloaded by the user to run FLV files on WMP. After successfully installing the codec, you will be able to run files with .flv extension in your WMP.
If one is unable to view their files on Window Media Player because the file has .flv extension, then
Pavtube Video Converter can be used to convert the videos in the format supported by the Window Media Player. In fact, this program can be used to complete conversion between various formats, including FLV, AVI, ASF, MOV, M4V, WMV, MKV, Xvid, MP4, and so on.
Step-by-step guide to convert FLV to Windows Media Player supported formats
Step 1. Install iSkysoft Video Converter and put FLV files on the converter
Import the FLV files to the video converter. You can do that in two ways:
a) You can drag and drop the file directly in the application.
b) You can click the "Add Files" button to browse, select and load the file in the application.
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Step 2. Choose the output format
Visit the bottom of the application and then select WMV as the output format. All the videos converted at the same time will be converted in the same output format.
Step 3. Push convert
You just need to press the "Convert" button now. The video will be converted within seconds.