Open DAT files with File Viewer Plus

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Do you need to open a Video CD (VCD) .DAT file?

File Viewer Plus can open DAT files! It comes with standard playback options and allows you to inspect the metadata of your video file. You can also convert the video to the MP4 format.

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What is a .DAT file?

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DAT files are used to store video data on Video CD (VCD) optical discs. The VCD format was developed by Sony, Philips, JVC, and Matsushita and released in 1993, becoming a popular method of distributing films in parts of Asia. The format was also used for saving home videos in the 1990s and 2000s. However, the VCD format was quickly overshadowed by the DVD format, which offered more video storage and better copyright security.

VCD DAT files are not very common but you may encounter them on your computer if you have extracted them from the "MPEGAV" folder on a VCD disc or saved home videos as VCD DAT files. You may also receive a VCD DAT file from a friend, coworker, or family member looking to share their own video. Regardless of how you acquire the VCD DAT file, you can play it in File Viewer Plus and convert the video to the MP4 format, which is a much more common video format.

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File Viewer Plus DAT Support

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Conversion options:
MP4 (MPEG-4, AAC) - Supported video resolutions include 1080p, 720p, 1024x768, 800x600, 640x480, 640x360, and the original input video size

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