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What are H264 files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a H264 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 H264 files.

What is a H264 file?

H264 files have multiple uses, and Raw MPEG-4 H264-Encoded Video is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Raw MPEG-4 H264-Encoded Video

H.264, sometimes referred to as MPEG-4 AVC, is a video codec developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and is the most widely used video codec today. It's the codec that powers most of the online videos you watch. And it's also one of the most misunderstood. So let's look at what H.264 is and why you should care about it in your video production.

What Is H.264?

H.264 is a type of codec used to compress and encode videos. The H in H.264 stands for "hierarchical," which describes how the video is broken down into several distinct parts that are then combined back together to form the final video. This makes H.264 ideal for streaming or transmitting large quantities of data.

The H.264 format is based heavily on the MPEG-4 format. This makes it easy for video producers to transition from one codec to another. Many of the technologies used in H.264 also exist in other formats, like H.265. The only difference is that H.265 is just a newer version of H.264.

H.264 Pros and Cons

The H.264 format has a few advantages over its competitors. Its main advantages are speed and quality. Its popularity makes it easy to use in almost any type of video production. It's also widely supported by devices. One thing to note is that the quality of your video is based on many factors. The more cameras capturing your footage, the better the quality will be. Likewise, the higher the camera's resolution, the better the quality.

How much post-production work you do on the video is also a factor. If you have high-quality source footage and a great editor, you won't have to do much work to squeeze excellent quality out of your videos. But if you're shooting your videos on the shaky-handheld Samsung camera, your videos may not be as great as you want them to be.

Another thing to consider is that the size of the file you need to store and transfer to your viewers will determine the quality of your video. The higher the quality, the larger the file. The size of the file is determined by the type of video codec you use. Basically, the larger the file, the better the quality. Development of new codecs (video compression techniques) is being done to reduce size while retaining the greatest quality.

Bottom Line

H.264 is an excellent choice for streaming and storing, and transferring high-quality video. It's widely supported by devices, easy to use, and can be used to compress large files without losing too much quality.

If you're looking for a codec that will provide the best quality possible, you should use H.265. If you're looking for a codec that will provide the best speed possible, you should use H.264. H.265 is great for storing and transferring large files, but H.264 is better for streaming or transferring smaller files.

If you're a high-quality video producer, you should also explore the advantages of H.265. H.265 can encode videos with fewer bits per frame, which increases the speed of your video. This can make it easier to compress your videos without losing too much quality.

It's important to remember that no one codec is better than another. It all comes down to your video's balance of quality and speed.

How to open H264 files

We have identified two H264 openers that are compatible with this specific type of H264 file.

Programs that open Raw MPEG-4 H264-Encoded Video files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
PowerDVDPowerDVDVerified

Last updated: May 26, 2024

All known file formats using extension .H264

While Raw MPEG-4 H264-Encoded Video is a popular type of H264-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .H264 file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

264DV Video Container

We know that one H264 format is 264DV Video Container. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different H264 openers which you will find listed below.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of H264 files. Remember, different programs may use H264 files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

5KPlayer5KPlayerUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
FormatFactoryFormatFactoryUser submitted
Free File ConverterFree File ConverterUser submitted
MediaPlayerLiteMediaPlayerLiteDiscontinued
MPC-HCMPC-HCDiscontinued
Freemake Video ConverterFreemake Video ConverterUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
Win8 DVD PlayerWin8 DVD PlayerUser submitted

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