The Bottom Line
FLV Player is made for designers and programmers. If you're experienced with Flash you'll be able to take advantage of all the features included in the professional version of FLV Player. But if you're not a designer or programmer, FLV Player pro may be beyond your abilities.
In that case, you'd be better off sticking to the free version of FLV Player. Of course the free player is so feature-poor and includes such prominent branding, that you'd be better off looking for a different Flash player.
- Free version requires no installation
- Supports a wide variety of compression formats
- Professional version requires programming knowledge
- Prominent FLV Player branding on the free version
- Few options to customize free version
- FLV Player that comes in two versions - free and pro. Commercial licenses begin at $65.
- The free player can be customized online (limited options) and embedded on your site with no need to upload to your host.
- The pro version can be modified in Flash and then hosted on your site.
- FLV Player supports a wide variety of compression formats, including FLV, MOV, MP4 and more.
Guide Review - FLV Player is Free and Easy - Sort Of
If you want a very simple Flash player to install on your website, FLV Player offers a free version that's as easy to use as any you'll find. But the professional version of FLV Player, which you'll need to purchase for commercial content or customization, is not so straightforward. It requires an understanding of Flash and a basic level of programming knowledge.
The free version of FLV Player is so simple you don't even need to install it on your own website - you can embed a customized version of the player that's hosted on the company's site. Of course, the customization options are limited it you're using the free player. You can change the background color and select rounded corners, but there's no way to get rid of the FLV Player branding that's so prominent on the screen.
If you want more options, you'll need to purchase the professional version of FLV Player. Licenses start at $65. And while the pro FLV Player has lots of options for customization, you'll need to know some Flash programming in order to make any adjustments to the player.