"I am trying to import raw DAV files from a surveillance system into Premier Pro CS6. However, it seems that it doesn't support DAV. What should I do?"
"I've got several gigs of .dav files. I need to convert them to MP4 or other formats readable on my computer. Is there any DAV converter to recommend?"
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A DAV file is a video with a *.dav suffix. DAV is a proprietary encrypted format created by DVR365 digital video recorders, for instance DSD304, DSD308, and DSD316 DVR. DAV is used for recoding video captured by CCTV cameras.
Playing DAV is very challenging, as it is a rather obscure and specific format. Even VLC media player which announces to be compatible with most of the media codecs and video formats out there always has trouble in opening DAV files.
"Hi I downloaded VLC and tried to play my DVD which has CCTV footage on it but it didn't work, I don't know where I am going wrong, it says on your website that VLC will play any dav file but mine don't work."
"I have the same problem on a MAC I dropped the file in and it looked to read it but it shows as zero duration."
If you attempt to drag your DAV files to Windows Media Player, you will receive a prompt saying that "The selected file has an extension (.dav) that is not recognized by Windows Media Player..."
To make your DAV files recognized by your player, editor or other kind of programs, it is suggested to convert DAV to MP4 - a universal file format supported by virtually all devices and applications.
Video converter supporting DAV as input is quite limited. VideoProc is one of few DAV converters for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and lower. Its Mac variant supports DAV as well. It allows you to convert DAV to MP4 encoded with H.264, MPEG4 and even H.265. As a matter of fact, you don't need to know much about video audio codec. This is because this DAV file converter organizes its 410+ output profiles under different categories, like PC General Video, Mac General Video, Apple Device, Android Mobile, etc. That is to say, you just need to choose a MP4 profile under PC General Video if you want to convert DAV to MP4 for playback on PC.
Conversion speed is an important factor when we choose converter. Being armed with various technologies, Intel QSV, MMX-SSE, Nvidia CUDA/NVENC, Hyper-threading and AMD 3DNow!, VideoProc is the world's No.1 fast video converter. Hardware acceleration is not only available for H.264 transcoding, but is also available for HEVC/H.265 encoding and decoding. If you only need to change file format with codec and other parameters unchanged, you can check Auto Copy which enables you to convert videos like copy and paste, 10X faster speed guaranteed.
And you don't need to worry about obvious quality loss after converting DAV to MP4. All MP4 profiles are professionally configured to achieve highest possible quality. High Quality Engine is also available to use for clearer output.
Besides converting DAV to MP4, this tool can also edit videos by trimming, cropping, merging, subtitling and so on. Both conversion and editing are easy for users in different levels.
Above all, download the DAV to MP4 converter on your computer. Make sure the right version is chosen. Then install it.
Afterwards, you can follow the guide below to convert DAV file to MP4. The following guide is based on Windows edition. Steps on Mac are pretty much the same.
Step 1. Load source DAV files.
Open the DAV converter you just installed, and then click + Video button at the top left corner to browse and select target DAV videos from your computer hard drive or external device.
Step 2. Choose MP4 as output.
You just need to choose desired MP4 profile from the Output Profile window and click OK. Optionally, you can click the gear icon to adjust video audio parameters (beginners are better not to tweak them), and click Edit to trim, crop, etc. As for the options under preview window, check or uncheck them based on your own needs.
Step 3. Begin converting DAV to MP4.
Pressing RUN at the bottom right will trigger the conversion immediately and meanwhile bring in a smaller panel showing real-time process information.
Donna Peng has been working as a copywriter in Digiarty Software for many years. She has written loads of articles to help people handle their DVDs, videos and other stuff.