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What is DAV File and How to Play DAV Files Effectively

What is DAV File and How to Play DAV Files Effectively

"I got some DAV files created by DVR, and I have tried to play it in multiple media players but none of them could handle the video files, is there any way to watch the videos with .dav extension?"

Today, video has become the major way to record memorable moments and get entertainment.

And developers released a lot of video formats to meet different demands. According to a recent survey, there are more than a hundred video formats created by hardware and software.

In this post, we are going to focus one of video formats, DAV, and tell you everything you should know about DAV files, DAV player and how to play DAV on your machine.

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Dav file player

Part 1: What is DAV file

As mentioned before, DAV file is a video file created by a DVR365 digital video recorder, which incorporates modified MPEG compression and is saved in an encrypted format. If you want to play it on a PC, you will need the standalone PC DVR365 player software. In another word, commonly used media players and video editors cannot decrypt the DAV files or play the video contents.

Part 2: Top 4 DAV Players to Play DAV

There are a lot of media players on market, but only several have integrated the DAV file codec. In this part, we will identify and share top 3 best DAV players to enjoy video contents captured by your DVR.

Top 1: AnyMP4 Blu-ray Player

AnyMP4 Blu-ray Player is a professional media player. As its name replies, it can play Blu-ray files. What’s more, it can also playback DVD movies without a DVD player. It can work as a media player to support DAV, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, AVI, MP3, FLAC, AAC, M4V, etc. If you need an easy-to-use DAV player, it is undoubtedly the best option.

  • * Play DAV files recorded by DSD304, DSD308, or DSD316.
  • * Play DAV files on Windows and Mac computers.
  • * Feasible playback settings for DAF files like screen size, volume, and more.

1 Download and install AnyMP4 Blu-ray Player on your computer.

2 Click the Open Files button to load your DAV video into this software.

Then it will start playing DAV file on your computer.

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Top 2: DVR365 Player

DVR365 Player is the standalone DAV player available to all DAV files. But it is only compatible with Windows PCs. It is the native free player software for DAV files and shipped with your DVR digital camera.

1 Install the player on your Windows PC as the instruction. And then open the player.

2 Connect your DVR to your computer and copy and paste the DAV files to the computer.

3 Click on the Play button on the home interface, navigate to the DAV file in the Open dialog, and hit the Open button to start playing the video.

Dvr365 player

Top 3: 5KPlayer

5KPlayer is a third party DAV file player. Compared to the native player, 5KPlayer is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers. And it is able to play DAV files in the original quality. Moreover, it can be also the common media player for Android, iPhone, Mac, etc.

1 Run 5KPlayer and make sure to transfer the DAV video from your DVR or other sources to your computer.

2 Drag and drop the DAV video into the media player. It will play the video file directly with the original quality.


Top 4: Amcrest Smart Player

Another media player supports DAV video playback is Amcrest Smart Player. It is not only a DAV player, but also able to convert DAV to AVI.

1 Start the versatile media player when you need to watch DAV videos on your computer.

2 Drag and drop the DAV videos into the play list area, double click on the first video to start playing them one by one.

Note: This player could transcode DAV videos to AVI format, but the results may be not playable in media players. We suggest to you to use a professional DAV file converter.

Amcrest smart player

Part 3: Convert DAV to MP4/AVI

In addition to DAV players, another way to watch DAV videos is to convert them to commonly used video formats. When converting DAV, quality loss is the biggest problem. From this point, we recommend AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate. Its key features include:

  • 1. Easy to use. It is able to convert DAV to MP4, AVI, MKV and other mainstream video formats with a single click.
  • 2. Lossless convert. VCU utilizes advanced algorithm to optimize output quality when converting DAV videos.
  • 3. Support wide range of output formats. It supports over 300 multimedia formats, including MP4, AVI, MKV, FLV, etc.
  • 4. Convert DAV for portable devices. Another benefit is to transcode DAV videos for playback on iPhone, Android devices and other portable machines.
  • 5. Fast and quickly. It integrates the multi-thread technology, which allows you to convert multiple DAV videos at the same time.
  • 6. Flexibility. For tech savvy, there are extensive custom options to create unique results.

In a word, Video Converter Ultimate is the best option to convert DAV to AVI, MP4 or other video formats without losing quality.

How to convert DAV to MP4 with Video Converter Ultimate

1 Install the best DAV converter on your computer

Video Converter Ultimate offers two versions, one for Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP and the other one for Mac OS. Get the right one and install it on your computer. Then launch the application from your desktop and click Add Files button at top ribbon to import the DAV videos you want to convert.


2 Convert DAV to MP4 or other formats

Locate to the bottom area, click and expand the Convert All to dropdown menu and select a proper video format, like MP4 or AVI. If you want to playback the result videos on portable devices, select the target device from the list. To change video quality and other custom options, click the Custom Profile button to open the settings dialog.

Finally, click the Convert All button to convert DAV files to other format.


3 Optimize video quality

After being converted, you will be taken to the main interface. The built-in media player allows you to preview the output videos. If you want to optimize video quality, click Video Enhance menu to open next window. Here you can try multiple options to enhance video quality.

Part 4: FAQs of DAV file player

Can VLC play DAV files?

Yes. VLC can play DAV files on your computer.

What plays a .DAV file?

DVR365 Player Software can play the DAV files. If you want to play DAV files on other players, you should convert DAV to other video formats.

How do I convert DAV to MP4?

Just run Video Converter Ultimate, and add the DAF files by clicking the big plus button, select MP4 from the drop-down option of Convert All to: and click Convert All button at the bottom-right corner to start the conversion.


Based on the sharing above, you might understand what DAV file is and how to look at it on your machine. Generally speaking, there are two ways to enjoy the video files created by DVR, the DAV player, and the DAV video converter. If you just want to view DAV video files on your computer, AnyMP4 Blu-ray Player, DVR365 Player, 5KPlayer and Amcrest Smart Player could meet your demands simply. To enjoy the DAV videos on any devices, we suggest you convert DAV to MP4 with AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate. It is not only easy to use, but also able to keep the original video quality when converting.

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author Updated by Ted Klarso to Player
June 24, 2022 11:40

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