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I recently came across a problem that had me completely stumped. I wanted to download a small video from one of the large video sharing websites, think the opposite of YouTube and you’ll get the idea. The problem was that there was no right click – save as option so I just couldn’t figure out what to do. Some research lead me to discover that the reason for this is that the video format used by most of the large video sharing websites is something called FLV. Looks like I needed to get an FLV Video Converter.

Now most of you may be familiar, as I was with good old, WMV, AVI or even mpg files, but what the heck is an FLV file, and more important how can I use one. Well, first of all, FLV stands for Flash Video and, as you might guess, its normally viewed using a flash viewer that is installed as a plug-in in most modern browsers such as Internet Explorer. Further research led me to discover that FLV files can also contain H.264 video and HE-AAC audio streams. The main problem, however, with FLV is that it is essentially still a proprietary format meaning that its difficult to get players and codecs to use the FLV files. Recently, however, the format has been made open, and correspondingly, more players are starting to emerge. Although FLV is highly web-optimised, giving great quality sound and video in a very small footprint, its lack of portability has caused many people, yours truly included, a lot of problems youtube video mp4 downloader. But that’s where a great little FLV video converter called Video Piggy comes in.

Video Piggy is basically a downloader/video converter/player all wrapped into one user friendly interface. It supports a huge number of standards including AVI, mp3, mp4, and, of course FLV. It enables you to download videos from YouTube and put them straight onto your computer. The FLV video converter function also allows you to convert the videos to AVI, WMV, MPEG, MP4, MOV and 3GP video formats to enable you to play them back on devices such as iPods, PSP’s and even mobile phones. It can also let you extract the soundtrack or even embed the videos directly into a Powerpoint presentation – versatile indeed.

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