FLV Extract is a very simple, free program that lets you extract video and audio from any digital file you want. FLV stands for "Free Video codec", and it's the video file you'll be working with. You need this program if you're doing video conversion, editing, streaming, or anything of that nature on your PC. FLV Extract isn't super fancy, but when you have to perform one specific job, such as extract video, audio from various media, it's the perfect program for you. FLV is open-source multimedia decoder that compresses the media files into lossless bitrates for safe transmission over the Internet. FLV comes with a library of more than 300 compressors, including some famous ones like Windows Movie Maker and QuickTime.
To use FLV Extract, you just need to download a Windows version and install it. You'll then be able to drag and drop files onto the "extract" tab - in my case, I choose to move all my video files onto the "extract video" tab, and it opened my program like a charm. FLV Extract was able to decode my video and sound files without any errors, which means that I didn't even have to pay the small fee that comes with it. The program also has a powerful Windows Movie Maker "flash" plug-in that I've been happy with (FLV has a great support for third party plug-ins). There are other FLV compressors that work with Windows, but for my needs, the Windows version of FLV Extract worked the best.
The only minor gripe I have about this program is that it doesn't come with a built-in video conversion utility. If you're not going to be uploading video files from your camera or webcam directly into Windows, you can skip the built-in flvextract function and just go ahead to copy the videos using your Windows movie maker program. However, if you're going to be converting video files that you upload to your computer's hard drive using Windows Live Mesh, you may want to install a Windows Live USB driver first. This little Windows driver is part of the operating system and is what allows your computer to recognize and process data from your USB drives, such as your flash drive or external hard drive. I haven't tested the built-in flvextract utility on this device, so I don't know whether it works or not.