The file extension FLA is associated with Adobe Flash, which is software created by Adobe Systems for the purpose of viewing multimedia, streaming video, and audio. FLA file extensions are Adobe Flash movie authoring files, or they can be a music file which is encoded using lossless audio codec.
FLA files contain data and source media which is related to movies and can include animations, sound, video clips, images, ActionScript, and timelines. In the case of a music FLA file, the files contain sound files encoded by lossless audio codec which can be edited using an Adobe Flash editing program.
FLA files are designed for movie and audio authoring so they can be used in a development environment by software developers using the closed format in Adobe Flash. Once the files are complete, they are saved to a compressed format.
How to Open FLA Files
If you are unsure of the origin of an FLA file, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default application. FLA files can be used with a number of editing programs, so they can open in an application already installed on your PC.
In Windows you can open and edit FLA files using Adobe Flash Professional CS6, which is a suite of professional applications. This program is available as a paid download on the Adobe website. You can also open FLA files in Windows by Adobe Flash Player or Adobe Flash Media Encoder.
For Mac OS X, you can use Adobe Flash Professional CS6 or Adobe Flash CS5, which is the predecessor to the CS6 suite of professional applications. You can also use Sothink SWF Decompiler for Mac, which will open FLA files that are often changed to the SWF extension for upload to the Internet. Other programs that will open FLA files include Flash Decompiler Trillix and ExifExtreme.
You can also opt to convert FLA files to another format using a file conversion program. There are a variety of programs that will convert FLA files to SWF or FLV and vice versa. You can find these programs for download from sites such as CNET and Softpedia, or you can use an online website such as Zamzar which will convert the files free of charge. Simply log onto the website, browse for the FLV file you want to convert, choose the new format, enter your email address, and then click on Convert. Within minutes you will receive the new format in your email inbox.