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Compare MP4 with FLV video formats

File Extension MP4 FLV
File Type MPEG-4 Video File Flash Video File
Description The MPEG-4 video format uses separate compression for audio and video tracks. Video is compressed with MPEG-4 video encoding. Audio is compressed using AAC compression, the same type of audio compression used in .AAC files. FLV is a Flash video file format, consists of a short header, interleaved audio, video, and metadata packets; audio and video data is stored in a similar format used by standard Flash (.SWF) files.
Developed by Moving Picture Experts Group Adobe Systems
Pros 1) Store both video and audio in good quality;
2) Can be played/edited on most players, devices and applications;
1) Best used for streaming videos on the Web;
2) Compatible with most browsers (mobile browsers not included);
Cons There might be format incompatibility problem from time to time; Require Flash Player plugin to play the FLV videos;
Help You Choose For compatibility's sake, MP4 is a better choice compared to FLV. For sharing video online like uploading to YouTube, FLV is to considered.
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