When surfing the Internet, there’re always funny videos interest me. I used to download those stunning online videos to hard drive using YouTube Converter and then burn the downloaded video (usually saved in *.filv or *.mp4 format) to DVD for collection with Nero 9. I trust Nero; it is powerful and perhaps the most popular DVD authoring software for Windows users. Recently I got into high-definition videos and downloaded some HD FLV files for playing back on PC. Surely these videos play fine, giving much better visual quality. But when I tried burning the FLV files with Nero, it turned out that Nero refuse to load the HD FLV files!
I Googled quite a bit before really figured out the problem. It seems these “HD FLV” videos are in fact “F4V” files. F4V is an MP4 video file utilized by Adobe Flash Player 9 Update 3 (18.104.22.168) and later versions. Different from previous FLV format, the F4V is encoded with H.264 video codec and thus combine interactive, rich content with video, graphics and animation. The file name .F4V was designed to eliminate compatibility problems between the Adobe Flash Player, Quicktime etc. whilst using certain .MP4 video files. F4V is a development trend for FLV file, the video-sharing web sites also accept this type of FLV to upload and download (e.g. YouTube). And sometimes for simplified operation, the *.f4v file extension is changed to *.flv instead. That’s why Nero does not recognize the “HD FLV” files. Here I would like to share with you my way how to have Nero work with the F4V files---by converting F4V to Nero compatible formats with Pavtube FLV Converter, a very useful flash application for users to convert FLV, F4V files to almost all the popular video and audio formats.
You may refer to the below guide how to convert F4V files for burning DVD with Nero 9 and onwards:
Download and install the trial version of FLV Converter. Run the app and click “Add” to import all F4V files you want to burn, or you may drag and drop the *.f4v files to the window of Pavtube Video Converter.
Step 2: Select an output format for burning in Nero.
Click on the pull down menu of “Format” to select output format and then click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters. As we’re converting F4V to Nero for burning DVD, you may choose FLV, MPG, AVI, TS, WMV etc. I used to select Common Video-> Divx AVI, The following picture shows detailed settings:
You can set “Size” to 720*480(NTSC, 4:3) or 960*540 (NTSC, 16:9) according to your source video and personal needs. Some people may want to keep 5.1 channels for DVD burning. If you choose H.264 MP4, WMV3, MKV, MPEG-2 Video, or MOV-Quick Time, 5.1 channels can be available, provided that the original F4V video contains surround sound.
Step 3. Edit the F4V files to keep proper length and size.
Click on “Edit” button to enter editing window of Video Converter.
I. Cut unwanted black edges
Switch to Crop tab to cut unwanted edges. You can crop the video by adjusting the crop frame (drag the green dotted green square frame to circle the part you want to retain) or setting values (Left, Top, Width and Height) of crop area.
II. Trim out bothering commercial ads
Under 'Trim' tab you are allowed to cut out unwanted part of selected clip. To trim the video, simply type in desired time value in ‘Start’ and ‘End’ box and click ‘Set’ button. Or you can click left square bracket and right square bracket to set start and end time when playing the video.
Step 4: Click “Convert” button to start converting F4V to Nero compatible format.
Back to main interface and click “Convert” button, the F4V converter will generates videos that are compatible with Nero. If you want to join multiple F4V files together as one file, just select the files and check “Merge into one file” box. After conversion you can click the “Open” button next to output path to find converted recordings. Now you can feel free to run Nero and load the converted videos for burning DVDs.
To download online videos (F4V, FLV, MP4) from popular video hosting sites like YouTube, Hulu, PBS, etc, you may have a try with our Pavtube Youtube Converter.
The newly released Pavtube DVD Creator program makes DVD creation much easier than ever before. It lets you burn any kind of video sources to playable DVDs within a few clicks. The acceptable source files are ranging from common videos (MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, etc.) to camera shootings (MXF, MTS, M2TS, H.264 MOV, TOD, and MOD), TiVo recordings to photos. For more information, see DVD Creator Quick Start Guide and DVD Creator product page.
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