What is an F4V File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert F4V Files

Picture of the F4V file icon

A file with the F4V file extension is a Flash MP4 Video file, sometimes called an MPEG-4 Video file, that's used with Adobe Flash and based on the Apple QuickTime container format. It's similar to the MP4 format.

The F4V format is also similar to FLV but since the FLV format has certain limits with H.264/AAC content, Adobe developed F4V as an upgrade. However, F4V doesn't support some of the video and audio codecs in the FLV format, like Nellymoser, Sorenson Spark, and Screen.

F4P is another Adobe Flash format but it's used to hold DRM protected MPEG-4 video data. The same is true for Adobe Flash Protected Audio files that use the .F4A file extension.

How To Open an F4V File

Many programs open F4V files since it's a popular video/audio compression format. VLC and Adobe's Flash Player (as of Version 9 Update 3) and Animate CC (previously called Flash Professional) will open F4V files, as will Windows Media Player. Many other standalone programs from other developers will play F4V files as well, like several Nero products.

Adobe's Premiere Pro video editing software program is able to author F4V files, as are other popular video editing and authoring suites.

Note: File Viewer Plus Batch Presets files use the FVP file extension, which is similar in spelling to F4V but has nothing in common with it. You can open FVP files with File Viewer Plus.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the F4V file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open F4V files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an F4V File

Look through this list of free video converter programs to find one that supports the F4V file format. You'll be able to use one of those tools to convert F4V to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, and other formats, even audio ones like MP3.

You can also convert F4V files online with websites like Zamzar and FileZigZag.

The downside to converting the file this way is that you not only have to upload the video to the website before you can convert it, but you also have to then download it back to your computer to use the new file - both the upload and the download may take a while if the video is large.

More Help With F4V Files

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the F4V file and I'll see what I can do to help.