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How to Play DAV Files in VLC

by Christine Smith • 2021-08-13 17:35:23 • Proven solutions

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A DAV is an encrypted video file that is majorly created using digital video recorders like CCTV cameras, DVR365, and others. These files use the modified MPEG compression and are encrypted cannot be played or edited using the popular players and tools. If you have a VLC player already installed on your system and you want to play the DAV files, you will have to make some adjustments to the player settings. Learn more about how to play DAV files in VLC in the following parts.

Part 1. How to Open DAV Files in VLC

VLC is a popularly used player that supports playback of all key formats like MP4, MKV, MOV, and others. If you try to open and play the DAV files directly in your VLC player, you have issues as the DAV files are encoded differently. Thus, to make your DAV files accessible using your VLC player, some adjustment to the player settings has to be done. 

Steps on how to open DAV file in VLC

Step 1 Open the installed VLC player app on your system and select Tools > Preferences.

add DAV files

Step 2 A pop-up Simple Preferences window will open. Move to the bottom of the window, and at the bottom-left corner, select “All” under the Show settings section. 

Play DAV files

Step 3 The Advanced Preferences window will now open, and from the left-side panel, select Demuxers under the Input/Codecs option. 

Choose the output format

Step 4 The right side of the window will now show you Demuxers selected as Automatic by default. Expand the drop-down list and select “ H264 video demuxer” from the list. Click on the Save button to confirm the settings. 

Convert DAV files

After the above settings, the VLC player will now open and play the DAV files.

Note: Once the settings of the player are changed, it will no longer play the regular formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, and others. To again play these formats, you have to undo all the settings change you have done. 

Part 2. The Best Alternative to VLC to Play and Convert DAV Files

Playing DAV files on VLC can be a hassled task, and the player settings are to be changed, which makes the other mainstream formats incompatible with the player. Thus, the best alternative here is to convert the DAV files to a regular format like MP4, AVI, MKV, and others so that they can be played by all general media players and devices. If you want to convert the files in lossless quality, it is important to select the right tool, and we recommend Wondershare UniConverter. 

This is an excellent Windows and Mac-based software that supports file conversion in more than 1000 formats and that too in lossless quality with batch processing support. Additionally, the software comes with a built-in player that allows playing DAV as well as all other key formats.

Key software features:

  • Convert DAV and other files in more than 1000 formats
  • Batch processing in lossless quality supported
  • Customize files using the built-in editor
  • Play DAV files using the built-in player
  • The player support functions like selecting the subtitle, selecting audio, capturing the screenshot
  • Additional features include video download from more than 10,000 sites, video transfer, compression, DVD burning, and more
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, macOS 11 Big Sur, 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14, 10.13, 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7

Steps to play and convert DAV files using Wondershare UniConverter

Step 1 Launch Wondershare UniConverter and add DAV files.

Open the software on your system, and to add the local DAV files, click on the + sign or the Add Files icon from the Video Converter tab. Alternatively, you can also drag and drop the files to the interface.

add DAV files

Step 2 Play DAV files.

The added files will be seen on the interface with a thumbnail image. Click on the play icon on the image and the selected video will open and play in a new pop-up player. 

Play DAV files

Step 3 Choose the output format.

Expand the drop-down menu at the Output Format tab and select the desired format from the Video list. Also, choose the quality needed.

Choose the output format

Step 4 Convert DAV files.

Clicking on the Start All button will start the conversion process. After the files are processed, you can check them on the interface from the Finished tab, while at the system, it will be saved at the folder selected at the File Location tab.

Convert DAV files

Part 3. Comparison between VLC and Wondershare UniConverter

Both Wondershare UniConverter and VLC allow playing DAV files with settings changes to be done in VLC. The table below compares the two software on various parameters.

Features/ Software Wondershare UniConverter VLC
Platform supported Windows/Mac Windows/Mac/Linux
Play DAV files Yes, in a hassle-free manner Yes, by making changes in the settings
Formats supported Almost all formats Key formats
Option to edit the video Yes Changes in key parameters can be done
Option to select subtitles Yes No
Video Conversion Yes, from more than 10,000 sites No
Video download Yes, from more than 10,000 sites No
Price Paid software with a limited free trial version A free and open-source tool

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