How to Convert FLV to WMV Using VLC

VLC is a free powerful video player and transcoder capable of capturing and exporting digital video as well as streaming video from the Internet. It also allows users to convert to and from a number of video files, including FLV (Flash Video) to WMV (Windows Media Video). Users have the option of converting audio and video separately and to encode their audio in different formats. These conversions are a simple process for both PC and Mac users; however, please note that converting or compressing audio/video components may result in loss of quality because of compression standards.

Download and install VLC Media Player. Agree to the terms of use and open.

Click "Media" and select "Open File" to locate the FLV file in the pop-up window. Open the file (it will open in its own player window).

Click "Media" and "Convert/Save" to choose your input file. If the FLV file is not already highlighted in the finder window, locate it using the "My Computer" icon on the left side of your screen and click the "Convert/Save" button at the bottom of your screen.

Click the box next to "File" in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Rename your file; be sure to include the WMV file extension.

Click the arrow next to "Custom" and select the "Windows (wmv/asf)" option.

Click "Save" to begin the conversion process. Depending on the file's size, this may take several minutes.

Download and install VLC. Agree to the licensing terms and open.

Click "File" and select the "Streaming/Exporting Wizard" option. Click "Transcode/Save to File."

Click "Next."

Click the "Existing Playlist Item" button and highlight your FLV in the playlist window.

Enable the "Transcode Video" option and choose "WMV 1" from your codec options.

Enable the "Transcode Audio" option and choose an audio setting from your codec options.

Click "Next."

Choose an "Encapsulation Format." Depending on your previous choices, some options will not be available.

Click "Next."

Click "Choose" to decide where you want to save your file to.

Click "Next."

Review your summary screen and click "Finish" to begin the conversion. Depending on the file's size, this may take several minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • VLC Media Player
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Andrew Schrader has been a professional writer and filmmaker since 2004. He works as a writer and director, holding a Bachelor of Arts in film and media studies from UC Santa Barbara. Schrader specializes in writing about technology and computer software.