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Converting DAT to MP4/WMV/MOV/MKV/AVI Easily


Don't know what is a DAT file? How to make full use of DAT files? In this article, we will quickly walk you through a guide on what is a DAT file and how to convert DAT files to MP4, WMV, MOV, MKV, AVI any format without quality loss for playing and editing as DAT is not a widely-supported format. Learn details now.

What is A DAT File?

DAT is the abbreviation for Digital Audio Tape. This file format can be used in three ways: for general data, VCD videos and Winmail.dat in email. Files with .dat extension may contain various types of data, like program data, game data, image or attachments used in email. When coming to a DAT video, it is stored in MPEG-1 movie file on Video CD (abbreviated as VCD) optical disc. As a video format for film distribution, VCD DAT playback is supported by VCD/DVD/Blu-ray player and Windows XP /Vista/7/Mac OS computers.

Why Need to Convert DAT File?

DAT is not widely-supported format. Mainstream software including media player, video editors, portable devices can't support DAT files well. Windows Media Player prior to version 9 and QuickTime only can play DAT video files with the help of plug-ins.Sometimes you can't open a movie on avseq.dat file, or can't import video from a VCD or AVSEQ01.DAT file into FCP X, iMovie or other NLEs. To easily solve your problem, you need to convert DAT videos to MP4, WMV, MOV (QuickTime), MKV, AVI and most other popular, standard video formats on Windows and Mac.

Which is the Best DAT Video Converter?

If you are looking for a powerful yet simple to use DAT Video Converter, we highly recommend Brorsoft Video Converter to you. This is a professional converting tool that you can use to convert DAT to all of the common video formats such as MP4, AVI, WMV, XviD, MPG, FLV and MOV. It will allow you to convert just about any of the video formats to popular portable devices such as iPhone 7, iPad Pro, Zune, iPod, Apple TV, PS3, PSP, Blackberry, Google Nexus One, Xbox 360 and more. By the way, Mac users can change DAT format on Mac (macOS Sierra included) with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.

With the program, you can do the following great work:

- Batch load multiple DAT video files at one time for conversion.
- Convert DAT file to various digital file formats such as MP4, WMV, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, ASF, 3GP, 3GPP, 3GPP2, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264, H.265, etc with the resolution of 4K/2K/HD/SD.
- Output DAT files to hot devices such as iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android phone/tablets, Windows Phone/tablets, game consoles, TVs, etc preset profile formats with the optimal playback settings.
- Generate video editing software best favorable editing codec or formats for Premiere Pro/Elements, Davinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, After Effects, Sony Vegas/Movie Studio Platinum.
- Output DAT to SBS/TAB/Anaglyph 3D mode with the formats of AVI/WMV/MP4/MKV/MOV.
- Flexibly tweak output video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc.
- Trim/Crop/Merge/Split/Deinterlace/Watermark/Apply special effect/Add watermark/Insert subtitle to DAT video.

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Step-by-step Tutorial: How to Convert DAT to MP4/WMV/MOV/MKV/AVI

The tutorial below are using the Windows version to demonstrate how to convert DAT file format on Windows-based computer (Windows 10 included).

Step 1. Upload the DAT files

Install and run the DAT video converter. Then, click on the "Add" button to import the DAT files from your computer or any other device. You are able to view the videos or even take snapshots once the files are added successfully.


Step 2. Choose MP4 as the output format

Click "Format" and select a target format. Basically you can choose .mp4, .mov, .avi, .mkv, .mpg, .flv, .3gp and more from the "Common Video" profile list. Plus, there are optimized presets for iPhone, Pad, Apple TV, PSP, Samsung, Acer, Asus, Sony, Toshiba, HTC, etc branded media devices; just choose a proper one as you need.


Step 3. Modify the output video (optional)

A. Click Settings icon to adjust the parameters like video encoder, audio channel, bit rate, sample rate can be adjusted in the Settings option.

B. If necessary, you could use the editing tools to modify the video effects. You have the option to trim parts from the video, change the visual effects, crop the size of the frame or add subtitles or watermarks.

Step 4. Start DAT video conversion

Click Convert button to start DAT to MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, FLV, MPG conversion. The conversion process will take a while, and you'll see an encoding progress bar.

Once finished, click the Open button in the main interface and you can locate the encoded DAT files effortlessly. And then you are able to use these files as you want for your portable devices, PC, media player or video editing programs.

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