Regional Webcast Help

So I have some recordings from a regional webcast that was done with Adobe Media Server. The files came out as .f4v. I am unable to open them for playing or even for editing with other adobe products. Can anyone tell me how you open these files or convert them to something useful? Free would be preferred!
Thanks

VLC should be able to play it.
Handbrake should be able to encode it to h.264 (use normal settings).