DV File Extension

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Digital Video Format
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What is DV file?

DV is a file extension commonly associated with Digital Video Format files. DV files are supported by software applications available for devices running Android, Linux, Mac OS, Windows. Files with DV extension are categorized as Video Files files. The Video Files subset comprises 344 various file formats. QuickTime Player supports DV files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 15 other tools may also be used. Software named QuickTime Player was created by Apple, Inc.. In order to find more detailed information on the software and DV files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support DV file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 4 operating systems that support DV files. Files with DV suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

How to open file with DV extension?

Problems with accessing DV may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with DV extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with DV files.

Step 1. Install QuickTime Player software

Problems with opening and working with DV files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with DV files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install QuickTime Player or one to the listed programs: VLC media player, PowerDVD, Windows Movie Maker. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download QuickTime Player installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Apple, Inc. website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of QuickTime Player

If you already have QuickTime Player installed on your systems and DV files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why DV files are not compatible with QuickTime Player. The most recent version of QuickTime Player is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign QuickTime Player to DV files

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

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the DV with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the QuickTime Player installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open DV files box and clicking OK button.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected DV file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select QuickTime Player and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with DV extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the DV file is complete and free of errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper DV file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. The DV may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the DV 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 scanner detected that the DV file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Ensure the file with DV extension is complete and error-free

If the DV file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the DV file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Digital Video Format file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open QuickTime Player

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

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

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

Conversion of a DV file

File Conversions from DV extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to DV file
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