What are ASF files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an ASF file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your ASF files.
What is an ASF file?
ASF files have multiple uses, and Advanced Streaming Format is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
Advanced Streaming Format
ASF stands for Advanced Streaming Format, also sometimes referred to as Advanced System Format, and is a file format developed by Microsoft for streaming media files.
The ASF format is a so-called "container format", that merely dictates how data in the file is organized, not how e.g. the video chunks are encoded.
Files with the .asf extension contain three different objects including a header file, a data object, and an optional index object. The header file within the ASF container contains information about the media data. The data object is the actual media stream that the ASF file contains. The optional index object allows for random access to data within the ASF file.
ASF files allow for the compression of media files, making it easier to download the media files and stream them over the Web.
How to open ASF files
We have identified two ASF openers that are compatible with this specific type of ASF file.
Programs that open Advanced Streaming Format files
Last updated: September 22, 2023
All known file formats using extension .ASF
While Advanced Streaming Format is a popular type of ASF-file, we know of 4 different uses of the .ASF file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Acclaim Skeleton File
Files with the ASF file extension may contain skeleton data captured by an optical tracker.
The format was developed by Acclaim, a game development company, which has been doing research into motion capture for games for years.
Acclaim developed their own methods for creating skeleton motion from optical tracker data, and in the process invented two related file formats: A skeleton file and a motion file. Splitting the data into two made it possible to use the same skeleton data for multiple motions. ASF files hold the skeleton data, while the motion data is stored in AMC (Acclaim Motion Capture) files.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different ASF openers which you will find listed below.
Electronic Arts Sound File
A proprietary audio format used for music in Electronic Arts games.
You usually do not need to edit or view these files, as they only contain information usable by the software program that uses them.
Advanced Systems Format Video File
We know that one ASF format is Advanced Systems Format Video File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
ASF opener for Windows
We have identified one ASF opener that is compatible with this specific type of ASF file.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of ASF files. Remember, different programs may use ASF files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
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