What Is an FBR File?

How to open, edit, and convert FBR files

What to Know

  • An FBR file is a FlashBack Screen Recording file.
  • Open one with FlashBack Express.
  • Convert to AVI, MP4, or WMV with that same program.

This article describes what FBR files are, how to open one, and how to save a recording to a different format like MP4 or AVI so that it's playable through other software.

What Is an FBR File?

A file with the FBR file extension is a FlashBack Screen Recording file, sometimes called a FlashBack Movie file, used to store video recordings of a computer screen. Videos are often combined with images, sound, and text for use in software demos or training videos.

A similar format that uses the same file extension is a Mercury Screen Recording file used by the HP Quality Center software for sending video evidence of problem software during testing.

FBR is also short for some other technical terms but they don't have anything to do with the file formats mentioned on this page. Examples include front-to-back ratio in regards to antenna signal strength, and the fabric-based replication technique for storing data.

How to Play FBR Video Files

FBR files.

FBR files that are FlashBack files are made and opened with the free FlashBack Express software suite (previously called BB FlashBack). The actual recording process is done with the Recorder program but you can play the FBR video with the Player software. Both are included in one download through that link above.

If you want to play the FBR video in other programs like VLC, or on an Android or iOS device, you should first convert it to a format like MP4 that's supported by those programs and devices.

Some versions of BB TestAssistant, another program from Blueberry Software (the same makers of FlashBack Express), use the FBR file extension as well, but only for versions 1.5 and newer. Older ones use the FBZ file extension.

See this FlashBack Support article if your FBR file is corrupt and it's causing problems when you try to open it.

HP's Mercury Screen Recorder produces FBR files only when connected to Micro Focus' Quality Center. A tool called HP Mercury Screen Player might be able to open the FBR file but we can no longer find a link to that software.

How to Convert an FBR File

An FBR file opened with the free version of FlashBack Express Player can be converted to the WMV, MP4, and AVI video file formats. The professional version supports several others.

Once the video is in one of those formats, you can run the file through a free video converter to save it to a different format like FLV, or even to just an audio file format like MP3.

The FlashBack Express Player application can also convert a regular video file into the FBR file format, through the Tools > Convert Video File to FlashBack Express Movie menu.

We're not aware of any converter tools that support Mercury Screen Recorder files. However, if you happen to get your hands on a copy of HP Mercury Screen Player, you might be able to export the video to a different file format, much like you can with the FlashBack software.

Still Can't Open the File?

The first thing to check if you can't get your file to open with the programs mentioned above is its file extension. Make sure it reads "FBR" and not something similar like BRL, BR5, GBR, or FOB. Just because the file extensions look similar (share some of the same letters) doesn't mean that they can open with the same programs.

The same is true for others like FB2, which is for eBook files; FBC files that are Family Tree Compressed Backup files; ABR files used with Adobe Photoshop as brush files; and FlashGet's Incomplete Download files that have the FB! file extension.

Also, keep in mind that older versions of BB TestAssistant (prior to 1.5) use the FBZ file extension but that the file still might open with FlashBack Express Player.

If you're sure that you're dealing with an FBR file that was created by the FlashBack screen recording software and double-clicking the file doesn't let you play it, consider changing the default program that opens FBR files; it should be FlashBack Express Player.

An alternative method for playing the FBR video is to open the player software first and then use the File > Open menu to select the video manually.

  • How do you open an FBR file in VLC?

    To play an FBR video file in VLC media player, you must convert it to a compatible format such as AVI. You can use a third-party conversion tool, such as IOTransfer.

  • Can I open an FBR file in Windows Media Player?

    You can convert FBR to WMV with FlashBack Player. Go to File > Open and select the FBR file. Select File > Export and choose the video format you want.

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