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How to Play DAV File in VLC Handily?

Author by Rocabella

Aug 14th, 2020

Most mainstream video players cannot play the DAV files, even the all-powerful VLC can’t open it directly without a little tweak. In this article, you will see how to play DAV file in VLC with easy steps. A bonus to convert DAV to all-compatible format is also provided here, get it free here:

How to Play CCTV Footage on VLC

A DAV file is a video recorded by the CCTV security cameras. Compressed with modified compression, the video stored in the DAV format is hence encrypted and can not be directly opened by most popular video players on the market, VLC is no exception. I bet you must have tried to play DAV files in VLC but failed in the end, so can VLC play DAV files? Well, the short answer is YES, VLC can play DAV files. It just needs a little extra adjustment before we play it. In the following part, you’ll know how to play DAV file in VLC in simple steps.

Also read: DAV file player

How to Play DAV File in VLC?

How to Open DAV File in VLC Handily

Step 1. Run VLC Media Player. In the top toolbar of the home screen, click “Tools” > “Preferences” or use the hotkey “Crtl + P” to open the “Simple Preferences” window.

Step 2. At the bottom left corner of the new window, switch to full preferences view by changing “Simple” to “All” in the “Show settings” box. And among the left advanced preferences, find “Input / Codecs” and select “Demuxers”.

Step 3. Under the Demux module section presented at the right side of the window, change “Automatic” to “H264 video demuxer” and click “Save” to keep the adjustments. Then you should be able to play DAV files in VLC successfully.

Note: After you have changed the demuxer to the H264 video demuxer, the VLC is thence only capable of playing DAV files. To continue play videos of other formats, you need to repeat the above process and change back the settings to the previous one.

(Optional) Convert DAV to MP4 for Playing on Any Device

If you find changing settings back and forth to play DAV files quite cumbersome for you, you could consider changing the video format to a player-friendly format once-for-all, like converting DAV to MP4 so it can be played on not just VLC but nearly all media players. If you're in this need, I also have a way for you. You could try WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory that can help make conversions among different formats and devices extremely easy. Below is the brief process of how to use this software to convert a DAV file:

How to Open DAV file in VLC by Converting

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Step 1. Launch WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory and open “Converter”.

Step 2. Click “+ Add Files” or directly drag and drop your DAV file into this video converter.

Step 3. On the right side of the main workspace, click on the format icon and select your wanted output format. Finally, hit “Run” to start conversion.

Tips: You can load multiple DAV files into this program for batch conversion. Also, if you want to edit the DAV file to clip some important footage or merge videos together, this software could serve as a smart video editing tool to assist your editing.


Guess you have learned how to open DAV file in VLC through the above-mentioned method and hope the DAV converter could also be some help to you. If you find this article useful, please feel free to share it with others! 

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