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How to Play .flv Files with VLC Media Player

by Christine Smith • 2024-07-03 14:02:37 • Proven solutions


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Recently we received a lot queries from users on how to fix ".FLV Files Not Playing Video" using VLC media player, considering VLC is one of the most popular media player, we'd like to provide this quick guide to help you play .FLV videos in VLC media player, either VLC shows black screen or prompts no video.

Part 1. Why VLC Shows Black Screen When Playing Movie Files

This issue is quite common among VLC users, they'd get this error prompt whenever they try to play movie file. So far there is only one official solution available.

Solution: Launch VLC media player and go in the Tools>Preferences>Video option. Here uncheck the option "Accelerated Video output". Then play your movie file again to see if this works.

play flv with vlc

Part 2. Top 3 Solutions to Fix "VLC FLV No Video" Issue

This issue is also faced by a lot VLC users. Users have tried variety of solutions to solve out this problem but it is not solved. The thing is that this problem is faced on the Windows devices and FLV is playing perfectly in Windows media player but not in VLC. So now we are going to tell you some solutions to fix this issue.

Solution #1: Change VLC Player Output Module

Go in the Tools>Preferences>Video and check the options in front of Output. Change the Output option from the drop-down list and try to play your videos again.

play flv with vlc

Solution #2: Change "Overlay Video Output"

If Solution #1 doesn't work, you can try this solution. This option is available in the Video>General Video Setting. Under "Display" there are so many different options available. Now uncheck "Accelerated Video Output (Overlay)" option if it is checked. After unchecking it try to play your video again.

play flv with vlc

Solution #3: Change Output Module

You can try to change output module to openGL to get your video back. This option is available there in the Tools>Preferences>Video. In front of output click on the drop down menu and select "OpenGL Video Output". Now try to play your video in VLC again.

play flv with vlc

Part 3. Best Solution to Play FLV Smoothly with VLC

If you are tired of playing .FLV files using VLC media player or failed to play them in VLC then Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) is the best solution for you. More powerful than its name puts, it's not only a video converter but video player that plays FLV files directly in the software interface. This software has a lot other features and you can use it both on Windows and Mac.


Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) - Your Complete Video Toolbox

  • Play FLV videos smoothly as a comprehensive video player.
  • Convert FLV files to other VLC supported formats or other 1000+ formats.
  • 30X faster conversion speed than any conventional converters.
  • Edit, enhance & personalize your videos file.
  • Download videos from 10000+ popular video sharing sites.
  • Burn and customize your video to DVD with free DVD menu templates
  • Stream your videos to other devices including Apple TV, Xbox, Chromecast and more.
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14, 10.13, 10.12, 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6

How to Play FLV Smoothly with VLC by Using Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate)

Step 1 Download and install the program on your computer or Mac to start playing FLV with Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate). You can install this program via the download button above and then follow the onscreen instructions. Now launch it and you will see an interface like the below screenshot.

play flv with vlc

Step 2 Add FLV files by clicking on the add files icon in Wondershare UniConverter button or by dragging and dropping way under the Video Converter tab.

play flv with vlc

Step 3 Once added you will see a play button on the added video.

play flv with vlc

Step 4 Click on the Play button, the FLV files will start playing be started playing in a new popup window.

play flv with vlc

Above way is to play FLV in Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) directly. If you want to play these files in VLC only then you can do it by converting files to other VLC supported formats. Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) supports converting to 150+ video and audio formats. Trust me, you can easily convert FLV and play with VLC by going in the Convert tab of the software.



With Wondershare UniConverter, you can convert MPG to MOV easily. Move to How to Convert MPG to MOV in Mac/Windows >> to learn more.

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