.DAV File Extension
CCTV DVR Video
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What is a DAV file?
A DAV file is a video created by a DVR365 or Dahua Technology digital video recorder (DVR) connected to a closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance system. It contains video saved in a compressed encrypted format. Users can play DAV files with the CCTV system that created them and some specialized media players.
DVR365 and Dahua Technology video surveillance systems use one or more DVR cameras to record surveillance footage. For example, DVR365 systems may use DSD304, DSSD308, or DSD316 DVR cameras. The DVR saves the footage these cameras record as DAV files.
DAV files are encrypted to prevent unauthorized users from playing them and are meant to be played using the system that created them. However, some downloadable media players can play DAV files, and various tools allow users to convert DAV files to more common video formats, such as .AVI
NOTE: Many other companies sell CCTV systems that are rebranded Dahua Technology systems. These systems may also produce DAV files.
How to open a DAV file
You can open and play DAV files with Dahua Smart Player (Windows), which is available as a standalone application or as part of Dahua Toolbox.
How to convert a DAV file
VidCoder can convert DAV files to .MP4 and .MKV video files. To convert a DAV file with VidCoder, follow these instructions:
- Select Open source
- Choose the DAV file you would like to convert
- Select Encoding settings and choose the settings in which you would like to encode the DAV file, which results in an MP4 or MKV file