What is an FBR File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert FBR Files

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A file with the FBR file extension is a FlashBack Screen Recording 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.

Similar to a FlashBack Screen Recording file, an FBR may instead be a Mercury Screen Recording file used by the HP Quality Center software for sending video evidence of problem software during testing.

How To Open an FBR File

FBR files that are FlashBack files are made with the free FlashBack Express software and require that program to be viewed and edited.

Tip: 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 HP Quality Center (which is software purchased from Mercury Interactive Corporation by Hewlett-Packard in 2006). I don't know of any applications that can open these types of FBR files.

Note: It might be easy to confuse a different file format with FBR because their file extensions look similar. If your file isn't opening with the suggestions above, you might actually be dealing with an FB2, FBC, or FB! (FlashGet Incomplete Download) file.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the FBR file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open FBR files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an FBR File

An FBR file created in FlashBack Express can be saved to a much more common format like MP4 through the FlashBack software (previously called BB FlashBack). The free FlashBack Express program I mentioned above can convert the FBR file to AVI.

I'm not aware of any converter tools that support Mercury Screen Recorder files.

Tip: Once your FBR file has been converted to a more common video format like MP4 or AVI, you can use a free video converter on that file to save it to a different video format like FLV.

More Help With FBR Files

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