There are many people asked questions that similar to our today’s topic on the internet, such as: “I’ve been searching for a while and haven’t found an answer. Is there any apps I can load to enable me to play flv files on my Chromebook, for example, flv player apps for the Chrome users to play FLV videos or good video converters?” In a word, those people are looking for a solution of playing flv files on chomebook successfully. Can we help fix this problem? Let’s learn what chromebook is and its supported media formats before then.
Part 1: Introduction of Chromebook and its supported media formats
Introduction of Chromebook:
A Chromebook is a laptop running the Linux-based Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices were originally designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data utilizing Cloud technology. It’s mainly used for education market but common users can also use chromebook (shaped liked a Notebook but no software installed, no hard disk but just a browser) to check your email (using Gmail or other online mail services), calendar management (Google Calendar), document editing (Google Docs) and to utilize all internet-based service.
Its supported media formats:
- Microsoft Office files: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt (read-only), .pptx (read-only).
- Media: .3gp, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .mp3, .mkv, .ogv, .ogm, .ogg, .oga, .webm, .wav
- Images: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .webp
- Compressed files: .zip, .rar
- Other Supported File Types and Codecs: e.g. .txt, .pdf
It may look awesome. Nevertheless, certain limitations also come along with its successful side. For example, Chromebook doesn’t have native support for various file formats including flv files, and unfortunately, there are not enough third-party applications to deal with these formats.
Part 2: Convert FLV to play on Chromebook with Leawo Video Converter
Thankfully, even though Chromebook doesn’t have native support for flv files, there are smart developers to bring solutions to these limitations. Leawo Video Converter (A video converting software that allows you to make conversion between all popular video and audio formats: MP4 to AVI, MPEG to MOV, MKV to FLV, F4V to WebM, MOV to MP3, RMVB to AAC, MTS to M4A, RM to OGG, etc.) is such an application developed accordingly for solving the problem of flv player for Chromebook, let’s get started by converting a flv file to compatible format (Here I take MP4 as example) on Chromebook.
Step 1: download and install Leawo Video Converter then run it.
Step 2: Select and click “Video Converter”, then add your flv file by clicking “Add Video” or drag the file to the “Drag File Into Me” section. You can see the inserted file as below.
Step 3: Choose an output format as MP4 for your desirable file. You can click the button on the left side of green “Convert” then click “Change”. You will see the following screen includes many options for you to choose. “MP4 Video” is under the option of Common Video and you can click it to be automatically back to the last panel.
Step 4: Locate your desirable MP4 file to a proper place in your device. Click the “Convert” button to start your conversion. Only a few minutes of conversion (according to your file length), after all things done you can easily find the output MP4 file and play it on your Chromebook.
Above are 4 steps of converting flv format to MP4 (one of most popular format on Chromebook) by using Leawo Video Converter, you can try to use this software to convert other video formats too.
Part 3: Other tips for playing FLV File on Chromebook
Apart from Leawo Video Converter, I’d like to tell you some other ways for you being able to play flv files on Chromebook, for example,
- 1. You can download Chromebook FLV Player from Chrome Store to reach your target. It is video player aimed at Chromebook users. It can be used to play downloaded FLV videos from the Chromes Downloads directory. Compare to Leawo, it is highly targeted but this app isn’t multifunctional or highly cost-effective.
- 2. Get FLV Player 0.0.6 CRX for free. It’s an app lets you open and play FLV video files (flash video (adobe, shockwave) format) that you have saved in your Downloads folder on your Chromebook. It’s totally free to use whereas this app has insufficient sides—single function, complicated design and so on.
it is not easy to find a solution of playing flv files on Chromebook directly since the original limitations of ChromeOS, from our today’s topic you should know that you can either seek a Chromebook FLV player or just get a video converter to convert the file to any one of the formats that compatible with the Chromebook. In my opinion, you only have a simple player if you get a FLV player. But you have a multifunctional and easy-to-use conversion kit if you get Leawo Video Converter.