How to Convert NVR/DVR DAV to MP4 for Later Playback or Editing
Can't Open DAV File? Why Not Convert DAV to MP4 - the Most Popular Format?
"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?"
Table of Contents
Part 1. What Is a DAV File?
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 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras. DAV files are encrypted, to prevent unauthorized users from playing them. This mean that you can only play DAV files using the system that created them. However, there is no rule that has not its exceptions. Some downloadable media players can play DAV files, and various tools allow users to convert DAV files to more common video formats, such as .MP4.
Part 2. What If DAV Not Playing on Your Computer?
Playing HCVR 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 HCVR DAV files recognized by your player, video 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.
Part 3. Why Not Convert DAV to MP4 for Better Compatibility?
Video converter supporting DAV as input is quite limited. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is one of few DAV converters for Windows 11, Windows 10 and lower. Its Mac variant supports DAV as well. It allows you to convert DVR DAV to MP4, as well as NVR to MP4, encoded with H.264, MPEG4 and even H.265. It also organizes 420+ output profiles under different categories, like PC General Video, Mac General Video, Apple Device, Android Mobile, etc. 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!, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe guarentees 47X faster speed for H.264, HEVC encoding and decoding.
High Quality Engine is also available to use for exporting your MP4 file with 98% quality reserved!
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can also convert videos to 420+ formats like AVI to MP4, MOV to MP4, MKV to MP4, MP4 to WMV etc.
How to Convert DAV to MP4 on PC/Mac
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.