(Solved!) How to Play N3R Files and Convert N3R Files to MP4?

If you've ever encountered an N3R video file and struggled to play it on your device, you're not alone. This post tells everything you need to know about N3R files, how to play it, and how to convert to MP4.

Kevincy Kevincy | Updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is an N3R File?

Q: "I received a video with the .n3r extension, and I can't play it with Windows Media Player or VLC. I've searched various solutions on the internet, including downloading new codecs, but I'm not managed to play the video. I wanted to know if there is software that can reproduce this type of extension or convert it into a more common extension such as .mp4 or .avi."

A: The N3R file format is a proprietary video recording format created by Panasonic security systems. Specifically, it is used in devices such as the WJ-ND300A NDR, WV-ASM200, and other recorders from the WV-ASE20x family.

Due to its exclusivity and proprietary nature, there are no third-party applications capable of properly processing these files. This misconception leads some to believe online tools can handle N3R to MP4 conversions. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Next, we will delve into the sure-fire way to play N3R files and convert them to MP4, AVI, and other formats.

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How to Play N3R Files with ND_Viewer?

Panasonic provides a dedicated N3R player called "ND_Viewer" to play N3R files. You can download ND_Viewer by visiting Panasonic's website and searching for the model number of your Panasonic security recorder, then locating the ND_Viewer software download in the support section. If you cannot find a valid link, just get it from the Google Drive sharing. Once ND_Viewer is downloaded, you can follow these steps to play your N3R video files:

Step 1. Create a new folder and extract all necessary files into it. Then run the executable file "ND_Viewer.exe".

Step 2. Click the "Open Folder" button to browse for your N3R video file(s). You may have to navigate to where you've exported the N3R files from your Panasonic security recorder storage. You can also right-click on the right-side black area and select "Add file".

Step 3. Select the N3R file(s) you want to play and click Open. Your N3R video(s) should start playing automatically.

Step 4. Use the playback controls like Play, Pause, Stop, as well as the timeline scrubber and playback speed options to control playback of your N3R videos.

Optional. ND_Viewer allows you to take screenshots, print the image, zoom in, change aspect ratio.

Step 5. To close ND_Viewer, click the Exit or Close button. Your N3R playback session will end.

Playing N3R Files with an N3R Player

That's it! ND_Viewer allows you to play N3R files with ease. However, if you need to share the video recording with others or want to edit it, you will need to convert it to a more widely supported format like MP4.

How to Convert N3R to MP4 Using Panasonic Software?

The only way to properly convert your N3R files to a more widely compatible format like MP4 is by using software from Panasonic, like their Recorder Management Software. As it's difficult to find a working link for the latest version, I'll use an old version to illustrate how to convert N3R files to MP4 in the only right way. Here's the walkthrough.

Step 1. Download Panasonic Disk Recorder Management Software from THIS LINK.

Step 2. Extract all files from the .zip package.

Step 3. Firstly, you need to install SQL Server to avoid the installation error of Disk Recorder Management Software.

Step 4. Once SQL Server is installed, run "setup.exe" in "2 Disk Recorder Management Software" folder to proceed.

Step 5. After installation, open "Operation Software" on your desktop. For the first time you use it, just enter the Registration Key "0000-0010-0000-0001" for 90-days demo trial.

Step 6. Then enter "ADMIN" for "User name" and "12345" for "Password" respectively. You'll be prompted to change the password for future use.

Step 7. After you step into the main interface, go to "File" > "File conversion" to open "NDImage Converter" window.

Step 8. Click on "Add" button or drag and drop your N3R files (up to 256 files) to the blank area.

Step 9. Choose an output folder to export the converted video files.

Step 10. MP4 is the default export format for converting your N3R files. WMV is also available if you need.

Step 11. You're allowed to change the video resolution in the "Image Size" drop-down list.

Step 12. Once everything is ready, click on "Start" button to start the conversion process. The software will convert the N3R files to MP4, which can be played on most media players and devices.

Workable N3R to MP4 Converter

Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: Can I convert N3R files to MP4 using online tools?

A: Unfortunately, there are no online N3R to MP4 converters that can convert N3R files to MP4 successfully. Be wary of any website that claims to offer such a service, as they are likely scams. As the N3R format is exclusive to Panasonic security systems. The only trusted method is to use Panasonic Recorder Management Software.

Q2: Can I edit N3R files directly?

A: Editing N3R files directly is not possible, as they are a proprietary format. To edit the video data, you will first need to convert the N3R file to a widely supported format like MP4 using Panasonic Recorder Management Software. Once converted, you can edit the footage using popular video editing software.

Q3: Can I convert N3R files to other formats besides MP4?

A: Panasonic Recorder Management Software only supports converting N3R files to MP4 and WMV. However, you can use some third-party freeware like Free HD Video Converter Factory to convert the MP4 file to other formats. Quick download it here if needed.

Q4: Is it possible to play N3R files on a mobile device?

A: ND_Viewer and Panasonic Recorder Management Software are designed for use on a computer. However, once you convert the N3R file to MP4, you can transfer it to a mobile device and play it in any media player that supports MP4 format.

Final Words

N3R files can be a challenge to play, edit, and convert, but with the right software, it's possible to make it come true. By using ND_Viewer and Panasonic Recorder Management Software, you can play and convert N3R files without any hassle. It's important to note that third-party N3R to MP4 converters don't work due to the proprietary format used by Panasonic security systems, so it's best to avoid them. By following this guide, you can ensure proper playback and conversion of your N3R files, allowing you to view and share your security footage as needed.

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