In the last couple of years, Flash has fast risen to the top as a very popular form of sharing video, audio and data content online. But creating Flash content has a big drawback which is that the end users need to install a proprietary closed source software stub (Adobe Flash Player) to view the content. To be honest, Adobe has already released a native Flash player for Linux and the Linux version is updated in tandem with the Windows and Mac version so it is a good thing. More over Adobe has been consistently improving and adding new features to its Flash player.
But those who do not like to have Adobe Flash player installed in Linux or those using other Operating systems such as the BSD's can make use of online resources to convert the Flash video files to a number of formats. Some of them which I have found useful are as follows :
- ConvertTube.com - This online service converts YouTube videos to a variety of compatible file formats and provides a link for download.
- Media-Convert.com - 100% Free online file conversion which includes images, audio, video and documents.
- Vixy.net - This service allows you convert a Flash Video / FLV file (YouTube's videos,etc) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file online. It is using a compressed domain transcoder technology (outline in Japanese). It converts FLV to MPEG4 faster and less lossy than a typical transcoder.
- Flv2Mp3.com - This online service converts Flash audio files to Mp3 format.
- Zamzar.com - Use this online service to save and convert YouTube videos and Flash videos from numerous other sites.
- Viloader.net - This is another online service which allows you to convert media files from one format to another.
- Hey! Watch - Hey!Watch is a simple and robust encoding platform for both individuals (B2C) and companies (B2B). It allows conversion of videos to a variety of formats. But you need to register with them first to start using their service.