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    Find a way to edit FLV is a problem for many.
    Recording .mp4 is much easier to deal with since you can edit with FCPX on Mac or Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows or Mac and probably several other modern NLEs as well.
    Ustream records to FLV? Yuck if that's the case.
    When I stream to Livestream with H.264 and do a server record, it's mp4.
    No one should be recording FLV with H.264 source (as per Adobe's own recommendations). VP6 is FLV (or very old Sorenson).

    You could re-encode the FLV but that would generally be some quality loss. You might want to double check to see if it's really H.264 in FLV wrapper (you can use the free MediaInfo to check). If that turns out to be the case you can experiment with changing the extension to .mp4 (which may or may not work).

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    No Ustream didn't, Xsplit recorded to FLV. That is the only format their software records to right now. I only want to lop off the first 30 minutes of my file too since it was just me sitting there in front of the camera waiting for my show to go live. Next time I'll just the remote settings on Ustream.
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    I haven't played with Xsplit in a while (I had used their beta a few times), what codec is in that FLV, VP6 or H.264?
    I can't believe they'd be streaming VP6 these days. Not that one shouldn't be able to chose that but the default should be H.264.

    Please check with MediaInfo.
    http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickSPNT View Post
    No Ustream didn't, Xsplit recorded to FLV. That is the only format their software records to right now. I only want to lop off the first 30 minutes of my file too since it was just me sitting there in front of the camera waiting for my show to go live. Next time I'll just the remote settings on Ustream.
    Xsplit will record locally in MP4 format. See my setup below:

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    Thanks for that.
    I'd strongly recommend using .mp4 for recording and never using .flv. It would save a lot of grief. I can't see any reason to record flv anymore especially since various Adobe techs say they're moving away from it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Flash
    Adobe also announced that it will be gradually moving away from the FLV format to the standard ISO base media file format (MPEG-4 Part 12) owing to functional limits with the FLV structure when streaming H.264.

    Basically the only time I can see using VP6 FLV is on systems too underpowered to encode H.264. For graphics VP6 FLV does have the option of using alpha channels not possible with H.264 but that would be for a graphic overlay rather than live streaming.

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    That still doesn't solve my issue though. I was able to encode my flv file into an mp4 but when I tried to import the mp4 file into Adobe Premiere Elements 9 to edit, it would crash.

    It was my first time using xsplit (literally bought the software 13 minutes before air time) so I'm still learning it.

    Thanks for all the helpful tips!
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    Elements may not be able to handle .mp4 that well.

    See if you can download the 30 day trial for Premiere Pro.
    BTW the new Adobe suite CS6 has implemented a "rental" method of use. You can pay monthly or for an annual amount up front. Both are, in the short term, a lot less expensive than buying it.

    So if budgets an issues (isn't it always) try the Premiere Pro CS6 trial and maybe you can rent on a month by month basis.

    Maybe there's another lower budget solution as well. Sony Vegas?

    GoPro has this free software CineForm Studio which might work since the GoPro shoots H.264 .mp4
    http://gopro.com/software-app/cineform-studio/

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