AVC file extension is used by MPEG-4 AVC Advanced Video Coding standard-encoded high-resolution media files. AVC files store video data. Multimedia containers, such as m2ts or mts, typically contain AVC video data.
MPEG-4 AVC standard offer higher compression rates and image quality while maintaining lower bandwidth requirements than its predecessors (MPEG-2, H.263, etc.). AVC standard is considered to be universal as it can easily be supported by various applications, systems, and technologies, including DVD, Blu-ray, HD DVD, digital streaming, VOIP, and many others.
The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support AVC files. AVC files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening AVC files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with AVC extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
Problems with opening and working with AVC files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with AVC files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select Windows Media Player or one of the recommended programs (for example, VLC media player, Freemake Video Converter, Elecard AVC HD Player) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Windows Media Player website and download the installer.
If the problems with opening AVC files still occur even after installing Windows Media Player, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Windows Media Player is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of Windows Media Player installed, it may not support AVC format. The most recent version of Windows Media Player is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate AVC files with latest version of Windows Media Player you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the AVC file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
Should it happed that the AVC is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the AVC file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
Did you receive the AVC file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with AVC extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the MPEG-4 AVC Advanced Video Coding Movie Format file again.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with AVC extension. In this case close the other applications.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with MPEG-4 AVC Advanced Video Coding Movie Format files. It may be the case that the AVC files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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