How to Convert DVR to MP4?

Updated on Jul 26, 2022
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1. What is a DVR File Exactly?
2. How to Convert DVR to MP4?
3. Wrap-up

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The DVR file is an uncommon video file type that usually cannot be opened directly by mainstream video players like VLC and QuickTime Player. Converting the DVR files to a common video format, such as MP4, hence become necessary. If needed, the following article gives a possible solution on how to convert DVR to MP4. Without further ado, let us begin.


What is a DVR File Exactly?

DVR is short for Digital Video Recorder. A file with a .dvr extension is a compressed digital video recording made by a DVR system, such as set-top boxes with direct-to-disk recording and digital camcorders. But not all DVR systems use DVR as the file type for their videos. Most CCTV security surveillance systems use instead non-standard closed file formats like DAV, IFV, LVF, and VVF. TV recordings saved using the Windows XP Media Center Edition are mostly in the DVR-MS file format.

Most DVR files contain encrypted MPEG-2/TS video streams and can be viewed only by the player bundled with the recording software. Other popular media players, including VLC and Windows Media Player, cannot recognize and play the DVR files directly. Therefore, converting DVR to MP4 or other common video formats is important.

However, most video converters on the market failed to convert DVR files to MP4 due to the proprietary codec or container used in the DVR files. Fortunately, the method introduced in the next part has been tested to work on some DVR recorded files (e.g. DAV, DVR-MS, IFV, LVF, etc.) and can serve as a possible solution to your DVR to MP4 conversion. Read on for more information.


How to Convert DVR to MP4?

HD Video Converter Factory Pro is an all-purpose program for handling various multimedia tasks. One of its main features is to deal with all types of video and audio conversions in high efficiency. And in our test, it delivered a satisfying result in converting some DVR files, including files with .dvr extension and other types of files recorded by the DVR systems, to MP4. The below tutorial shows you how to convert DVR files to MP4 with this DVR converter. Follow the instructions and start your conversion.

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Step 1. Import DVR File(s)

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open the “Converter.” Click “+ Add Files” to load the DVR files you want to convert. You can also drag and drop the files into the program directly.

Tips. You can add multiple media files to the converter and process them all at once in batch mode.

Step 2. Choose Output Format

On the right side of the workspace, click the format image to open the output format library. Next, under the video tab, choose “MP4” as the output format. You can choose other formats if you want.

Step 3. Start DVR to MP4 Conversion

Click the bottom triangle button to set an output path. When everything is ready, hit “Run” to convert DVR format to MP4. The process will take several seconds to a few minutes depending on the source file size.


Wrap-up

Many people wonder if there is a DVR to MP4 converter online available. I understand the enthusiasm for online services. But unfortunately, I haven’t found one credible online video converter that can handle DVR to MP4 conversion at this moment. However, if you have discovered one such converter, you can share it with me, and I’ll add the new method in this post.

Now, that’s all for how to convert DVR files to MP4 with the DVR converter. If you have any questions during the DVR conversion to MP4, please feel free to contact me on Twitter. I’ll be glad to help. Thanks for reading!

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