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BIK File Extension

BINK Video Format
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    RAD Game Tools
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What is BIK file?

BIK is a multimedia resource file format.

What kind of data do BIK files hold?

BIK files typically store video clips. The format was developed by RAD Game Tools as a dedicated multimedia format for full-motion video sequences in computer game. As a result, a multimedia container format Bink was created , which uses the BIK extension, along with a set of appropriate audio and video codecs. BIK files are compressed and optimized for target software and hardware platforms.

BIK video and audio quality

BIK codecs are optimized to offer the highest possible quality audio and video for mobile devices (smartphones, handheld gaming consoles). It supports resolutions up to HD standard. The latest Bink version supports 4K video.

Can I playback a BIK file?

BIK files can be opened outside given game environment by installing dedicated codecs for Windows Media Player. BIK files can be edited with various video editing tools, such as Ffmpeg.

Programs which support BIK file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support BIK files. Files with BIK extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support BIK file

Updated: 03/04/2023

How to open file with BIK extension?

Problems with accessing BIK may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with BIK files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install RAD Video Tools software

Install software to open BIK file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening BIK files is that no program that can handle BIK files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing RAD Video Tools or different compatible program, such as Windows Media Player, BS.Player, Freemake Video Converter. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading RAD Video Tools installed is by going to developer’s website (RAD Game Tools, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of RAD Video Tools

Update software that support file extension BIKIf you already have RAD Video Tools installed on your systems and BIK files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. If you have an older version of RAD Video Tools installed, it may not support BIK format. The most recent version of RAD Video Tools is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign RAD Video Tools to BIK files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate BIK files with latest version of RAD Video Tools you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with BIK file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the BIK file
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where RAD Video Tools is installed, check the Always use this app to open BIK files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with BIK file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the BIK file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with BIK extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the BIK is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the BIK file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check BIK file for viruses
1. Check the BIK file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the BIK is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. BIK file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic BIK file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the BIK file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the BINK Video Format file again.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run RAD Video Tools

If the systems has insufficient resources to open BIK files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with BINK Video Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with BIK files affecting older versions of given software.

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