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File TypeH.264 Encoded Video File

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CategoryVideo Files


This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.


Video file encoded with H.264 compression, which is a popular format for high definition video; often used as the video format for AVCHD camcorders, HDTV, Blu-ray, and HD DVD; generally refers to a video file that is actually an .MP4 file.

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NOTE: H.264 is actually a video compression codec that requires a video container to host the encoded video. Therefore, a file with the ".h264" extension is generally a misnamed .MP4 file (or another supporting container file format such as .AVI or .MKV). Nevertheless, the ".h264" extension is still sometimes used to describe the contents of H.264 encoded video files.

Programs that open H264 files
Microsoft Windows Media Player
Apple QuickTime Player
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 3
Corel VideoStudio Pro X8.5 Ultimate
CyberLink PowerDVD 15
VideoLAN VLC media player
Apple QuickTime Player
Apple iTunes
Roxio Toast 14
VideoLAN VLC media player
VideoLAN VLC media player
Updated 7/7/2011