MP4 vs FLV

MP4 is a part of MPEG-4, is standard developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). As a container format, MPEG-4 files uses separate compression for audio and video tracks. And .mp4 files are often used for uploading video on streaming website.

FLV is a container format developed by Adobe systems which used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player versions 6–11. Flash Video content may also be embedded within SWF files. Flash Video is currently the defacto standard for online video.

Summary:
1. Apple devices like iPad, iPhone, iPod support MP4 files, but do not support the Flash Player plug-in.
2. FLV is more popular in video streaming like YouTube, Hulu, Metacafe, etc than MP4.
3. MP4 supports subtitles, menus, chapters while FLV doesn’t.
4. FLV are good for decent quality and they load quickly, but MP4 is higher quality.

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