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Media Center and flv files

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I have a Dell T3400 running Windows 7 Pro.  

Q1.) What must be done to enable Media Center to recognize and play files whose extension is "flv"?  I cannot get Media Center to recognize this kind of file

Q2.) What library should they be put?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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'flv' are Adobe Flash Video files.  They need Adobe Flash to play them.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_Video
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE earned 250 total points
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I use the free version of RealPlayer to play FLV files:
http://www.real.com/

It plays them well and even comes with a converter to other video formats, including Windows Media (WMV), which will play fine in Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center. If you convert them to WMV files, you could store the converted files in the same library as your other Windows Media files. If you leave them as FLV files, then RealPlayer has its own Library feature, which would be a good place to put them. Here's a screenshot showing the Library tab at the top and the "Convert to..." feature in the lower left:
RealPlayerRegards, Joe
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by:ded9
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Install klite mega codec...during the installing it will ask you to select windows media player...put a check on windows media player and continue with the install.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_klite_mega_codec/tech/

Reboot and then check media center.



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by:donpick
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Thank you, ded9 and joewinograd.   Ded9, I will try your suggestion first.  I always wondered if somehow Klite might work.
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by:donpick
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Hello joewinograd:
  Your suggestion caused me to do more research.  I found a site called www.winff.org.  This free converter converts flv files to just about any other format.  

ded9:   Some people at www.thegreenbutton.com told me they  had severe problems with Klite so I decided not to install it.

Thank you all for your suggestions and for responding promptly.  I am a paying customer so I appreciate prompt and accurate solutions.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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donpick,
And thanks to you for posting the winff link. It's always nice to learn new things and I was unaware of that site. Regards, Joe
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