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Opening h264 files

Have a problem opening a .h264 file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what h264 files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .H264 file type?

Confusingly enough, the .h264 filename extension is used to denote both elementary H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video streams, and proprietary DVR (Digital Video Recorder) container formats.

H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (also known as Advanced Video Coding, or MPEG-4 Part 10) is a patented video codec that incorporates highly efficient compression algorithms and provides exceptional video quality. H.264/MPEG-4 AVC has become a de facto standard for both streamed and local HD (High-Definition) video.

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Alternatively, the .h264 extension is also used to label DVR recording archive files. Although most DVR's compress their video with the same H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec, many devices rely on their own private container file formats, only playable with proprietary player utilities.

In that case, an .h264 file is a DVR container file that can have multiple H.264-encoded video tracks. Some DVR files (.h264) may be directly playable with regular media players, although most will require proprietary software.

Software to open or convert H264 files

You can open h264 files with the following programs:
CyberLink PowerDVD
CyberLink PowerDVD by CyberLink Corp.
 
Lenovo PowerDVD
Lenovo PowerDVD by CyberLink Corp.
 
Lenovo PowerDVD10
Lenovo PowerDVD10 by CyberLink Corp.
 
MediaPlayerLite
MediaPlayerLite by MediaPlayerLite