.DRC File Extension

2 file types use the .drc file extension.

DRM Rights Object

Developer N/A
3.8  |  6 Votes

What is a DRC file?

Contains copy-protection information stored in an OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) rights object, formatted in WBXML (WAP Binary XML); includes the key used to encrypt the content of a .DCF file; enables Digital Rights Management (DRM) encrypted files to be opened and played back.

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Programs that open or reference DRC files

BBC Dirac Video

Developer BBC
2.0  |  1 Vote

A DRC file may also be a video saved using the Dirac video codec, a wavelet-based codec developed by the BBC. It contains compressed HDTV video. DRC files are quite rare, so most popular media players cannot play them.

More Information

In 2003, BBC Research & Development created a prototype video compression format designed to be used with high definition video. This format and its various implementations are called Dirac. BBC R&D finalized the Dirac format in 2008, and the BBC used the format to transmit video internally during the 2008 Summer Olympics.

While Dirac videos are more commonly saved using the .AVI, .OGG, .MKV, and .MP4 extensions, some are saved as DRC files. In the past, VLC media player was able to open and play DRC files. However, at some point after November 2008, VLC media player stopped supporting DRC videos.

How to open a DRC file

Because DRC files are uncommon, most popular media players cannot play them. You may, however, be able to convert the files into a more usable video format with FFmpeg and then play them in the media player of your choice.

Programs that open DRC files


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