Opening H264 files

Did your computer fail to open a H264 file? We explain what H264 files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your H264 files.

What is a H264 file?

The H264 file format was developed by Apple to store digital video data that has been recorded using the MPEG-4 H264 codec. These H264 files allow seamless transmissions of high quality video data through 3G networks for mobile viewing. A .h264 file normally contains video clips, motion graphics, still images, sound effects, audio clips and music.

These .h264 video files are usually found in mobile devices that run on iOS. These may also be supported for Web streaming purposes by a wide variety of online video repositories like Youtube. The Apple iChat program also uses these .h264 files for its video conferencing functions.

Apple QuickTime can be used to open and view the video data stored in these .h264 files. These H264 files can also be converted to standard video formats like MP4 so as to be opened and viewed by other video playback tools and editing applications.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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