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How to Play DAV Videos? |DAV File Players & Convert DAV Files

Don't know how to play DAV files on your computer? No worries, this article will help you smoothly play DAV videos with two methods. You can find some DAV file players in this post and learn an easy way to convert DAV files for playback on any device and video player. For your convenience, get the best DAV file player & converter here to open DAV files effortlessly:

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Updated on Feb 27, 2024

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What is a DAV File?

Simply put, a DAV file is a video file created by a DVR365 digital video recorder. Videos stored in DAV format are encrypted and cannot be opened directly by most media players on the market, and VLC is no exception. If you want to open DAV files, you need to download a DAV player or convert DAV to other popular formats.

Two Simple Methods to Play the DAV Files on Windows

In view of the fact that DAV is not a mainstream video format and the videos are encrypted, you may fail to play DAV files with some popular media players. Then how to open DAV files?

This post shares two methods. I will show you some DAV file players and if you want to edit the DAV files or play them on common players and devices, you are highly recommended to try method 2 >> Convert and Play Your DAV File at Ease

Method 1 – Play the DAV File with the DAV File Player for PC

To play DAV videos, the best way is to take the default DAV file player provided by the CCTV manufacturer. And if you want to find a .dav player for desktop, you can try DVR365 Player Software, Dahua Smart Player, Amcrest Smart Player and more.

DAV Format Player

DAV Format Video Player

1. Amcrest Smart Player


Amcrest Smart Play is a professional DAV file player that can help you play DAV files without any hassle. Not only can you use it to play DAV videos, but you can also use it to convert DAV to AVI, etc.

This DAV player is available for Windows and macOS.

How to play DAV files with Amcrest Smart Player:
Step 1. Download and install Amcrest Smart Player from its official website.
Step 2. Launch the media player and drag the DAV videos into the playlist area.
Step 3. Click the Playback button, and then you can watch the DAV video.

DAV File Player

DAV File Player

2. DVR365 Player


Zippy DVR365 Player is the standalone DAV player available for all DAV video files. It is the native free player software for DAV files and DVR365 recordings shipped with your DVR digital camera. This DAV file player is only compatible with Windows PCs.

How to play DAV files with DVR365 Player:
Step 1. Download and install the player on your Windows PC, and then open the player.
Step 2. Connect your DVR to your computer. Copy and paste the DAV files to the computer.
Step 3. Click the Play button on the home interface, navigate to the DAV file, and hit the Open button to start playing the video.

Tips. Sometimes, you may find that the Amcrest Smarty Player converted AVI videos are not playable on media players that support opening the output AVI videos; or if you want to convert DAV files to MP4, MKV, and other mainstream video formats so that you can play the videos on your preferred video player, you can find the solution on method 2.

Method 2 - Convert and Play Your DAV File at Ease

The way on how to open a DAV file is to convert the DAV file to popular video formats first. Then you can stream the converted videos to your local media players and video editors freely. Since .dav is not a common video format, there are just a few video converters that can convert the DAV files. And WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro can be the one to convert a DAV video to AVI, MP4, MKV, and more without a hitch. Moreover, this video converter can help with editing videos, like improving video quality, cutting or joining video clips together, adding video effects and watermarks, compressing large video files, etc.

There are just three simple steps. Free download this video converter and follow me to finish the DAV conversion.

Simple Guide on the DAV File Conversion

Converting Steps:

Open Converter > Click "+ Add Files" or drag the DAV files into the interface > Select the output video format > Press the "Run" button to start the DAV conversion.

Tips: You can add the original DAV videos or the AVI videos that converted by the DAV players recommended on method one. On the output format section, you can choose AVI, MP4, MKV, MPG and more since this converter support 500+ video formats and devices. Just select the one you wanted.

The Whole DAV Videos Conversion Process

The Whole DAV Videos Conversion Process


HD Video Converter Factory Pro can also act as a video player to play your DAV files. After you import your DAV videos, you can click the video thumbnail to enter the video playback window and then enjoy your video directly.

Here you can also change the output video's parameter in the "Parameter settings" part. Here you can change the video codec, adjust the frame rate, change the resolution and so forth.

Some users take this video converter as a smart HD video editor as well. You can easily cut the video, merge DAV videos, add special effect of the DAV video and more.

Edit the DAV Videos

Edit the DAV Videos

Play DAV File on Other Media Players after Conversion

Play DAV File on Other Media Players after Conversion

This is also a DAV file VLC playback solution. After the conversion, you can play the converted DAV videos on the frequently used media players like VLC, KMPlayer. Editing the DAV files on this video converter or other video editors is no longer a problem after the DAV conversion. And you can even upload the video to video-sharing sites like YouTube, Facebook after editing. Just take the method you preferred to help you open the DAV files.

Above is all the information about how to play DAV files. It is strongly suggested to convert the DAV files to a more compatible video format so as to play/edit DAV files freely on any player/editor. Besides DAV files, this video converter can also help with other video incompatibility issues. Now, please download the HD Video Converter Factory Pro to complete your jobs.

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