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FLV In Final Cut Pro

March 15th, 2008 · 11 Comments

Bevan, a recently graduated independent filmmaker in South Africa asks… “Apart from frantically finding out where i fit in in this world, I am trying to import flv files into final cut pro or find a way to convert them into something that final cut pro is happy with.”

You cannot import FLV files into Final Cut Pro. But what you can do is download Perian, a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats. It will allow you to transfer a flv file into a Quicktime file among many other formats. Check this list out.


Perian enables QuickTime application support for additional Media Types:

  • AVI, FLV, and MKV file formats
  • MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivX, H.264, FLV1, FSV1, VP6, H263I, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), MPEG Layer II Audio
  • AVI support for: AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3
  • Subtitle support for SSA and SRT

Another great application to add to this is MPEG Streamclip. If you download this freeware application you can open unprotected DVD files and transfer them to many codecs as well as dropping almost any file and converting it to another codec. To transfer a FLV file to Quicktime just open the application and drop the FLV file on the program and then go into the menu and convert it to whatever you need. You have to download and install Perian before you can do FLV in MPEG Streamclip.

One last thing, you can upload a FLV file to ZAMZAR and they can convert the image for you. Check them out.
Good Luck Bevan, the world is yours to explore.

Tags: Final Cut Pro · Freeware · Profession · Software · Tips

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Roch101 // Mar 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Hey Sean,

    You might be a good person to ask about this. I’m dipping my toes in the world of web video. I’m on Windows (yeah, I know…) and I purchased Ulead’s Video Studio. At under $100, the price was right and, although I’ve yet to dig into it, it seems to have a feature set adequate for my amateur purposes.

    That’s the background, here’s my question: Ulead will save video as avi, mp4, mpeg, or wmv. I want to ultimately get to flv. I’m told I need Sorenson Squeeze. It costs twice as much the editing software. Is there a cheaper or free alternative?

  • 2 Andy Coon // Mar 15, 2008 at 7:54 pm


    The name is Andy… Sean is the cool guy, I’m the tech geek.

    Check out VisualHub.
    That should do the trick.

  • 3 Roch101 // Mar 16, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    This is funny. I actually woke up with a start last night wondering, “Did I address Andy as Sean on Andy’s blog?” Embarrassed to find that I did. Sorry about that.

  • 4 Roch101 // Mar 16, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    I appreciate the link, but VisualHub appears to be for Mac only. Do you know of anything that will convert to FLV that will also run on Windows?

  • 5 sean coon // Mar 20, 2008 at 12:12 am

    the cool guy… you self-deprecate better than most, bro.

  • 6 mangler // Mar 20, 2008 at 9:28 am

    perian rulz!

  • 7 filmmaker // Mar 28, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I have downloaded perian. How do I get the flv converted for final cut pro?

  • 8 Andy Coon // Mar 28, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    open the flv in Quicktime Pro… you have to have the Pro version. Once there export it as a quicktime movie file… done

  • 9 jR // Apr 24, 2010 at 3:19 am

    hi there, on the mpeg streamclip site it states that, using perian, it is possible to export as flv files. However it doesnt state anywhere how to do this. Can anyone help me out?

  • 10 Marc // Oct 5, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Andy Thanks a lot! just what I needed.

  • 11 Andy Coon // Oct 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Cool, glad that helped

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