Wildform has announced the release of Flix Pro 4, the latest version of its Flash video authoring and encoding tool. New features include FLV output, an FLV to SWF converter and a new interface.

The FLV video output can be played directly in the Flash Player, streamed through the Flashcom server, or imported into Macromedia Flash, claims Wildform. Flix's FLV output is also integrated with the program's automatic player output feature, so users can easily add a custom player and a preloader to their new or previously encoded FLV and SWF files.

FLV output offers certain advantages over SWF video, according to Wildform. FLV files do not have the 16,000 frame limit or RAM consumption issues of SWF files, and they provide superior performance when played from a CD-ROM. Flix Pro still outputs SWF video and is complemented by an FLV to SWF converter.

Flix Pro 4 costs $149 (around £85) and is available for Windows, with a Mac version scheduled to be available within the next 3 months. An upgrade from previous versions is free for those who purchased within the past 3 months. Reduced upgrade prices are available for other licensed users of Flix Pro.