Downloading and Configuring Windows to Play Flash Video (FLV) File – The Hard Way

If you’re using Firefox as your primary browser, and installed various video downloader extension to your Firefox of course you can download any movie that you want as long as the video came from a supported site such as Youtube and Google Video. But what if you’re trying to download flash movie from an unsupported site ? you’ll have to get it using other method, but this method is always works best for me beside i do not have to redownload the movie again (as long as you have not cleared your browser cache)

First of all this guide i assume you’re using Firefox as your browser, but if you’re using other browser (Internet Explorer) then the only thing different here is you must search the Cache location of your browser

If you’re using Firefox you can simply go to Firefox cache directory that can be found in C:\Documents and Settings\YourWindowsUsername\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\SomeDirectory\Cache

And if you’re using Opera the cache directory would be like this C:\Documents and Settings\YourWindowsUsername\Application Data\Opera\Opera\profile\cache4

And here’s the step :

1. Go to any movie downloading website and just let it play until finished

2. Go to Firefox or Opera Cache Directory and Arrange the File by Modified (Right Click -> Arrange Icons by -> Modified) and press END on your keyboard to go directly to the last modified file (if you’re browsing another website while the movie is played then search the biggest file on that directory from the end, that’s because flash movie file always bigger than other file type)

3. Open that file with a notepad or other text editing program (in this example i was using Hexadecimal Editor) and see the first line of that file (if it were a flash Video file, it’ll show you FLV at the first line) .. see below image as an example


4. As you can see on the above image, the file header says it is a FLV file. So the next step would be copy that file into another directory and rename it into Filename.flv

Note: If you already have the FLV splitter and FLV Decoder installed on your system (or other FLV Player), then you can play that file directly without doing below step, but if you do not know or never heard about FLV decoder and want to learn playing FLV files using the hard way you can go follow the next step

5. Download Gabest FLV Splitter from here (no setup, dll only) or if you want the easiest way you can also get the installer for it from here. Although i recommend you to use the dll only, beside learning is fun :)

Note: If you choose to use the installer, then you can skip Step #6

6. If you’re using Windows XP extract the Release Unicode inside the archive into some places on your harddrive, for example : C:\Splitter\ and type this on the windows run command Regsvr32 C:\Splitter\

7. Now as for the next step, you’ll have to download FFDshow Tryout from here. As a note, you can choose which package suit you best from that download area :) .. personally, i’m using CLSID build 979 Nightly Generic Build

8. Install FFDshow into your windows system, and open the FFDshow Video Decoder Configuration and at the codecs tab, enabled the FLV1 decoder using Libavcodec like below example :


9. Now run / open the flv file … and you’re finished configuring your windows to play FLV file from Windows Media Player or other DirectShow / DirectX based multimedia player and lastly, I hope you find this guide useful :)


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