File with H264 extension contains video data encoded using H.264 compression standard. Usually it is just a MP4 file. This format is frequently used by various specialized devices – digital cameras, high-resolution DVD recorders, etc. H.264 encoding standard was offically accepted in 2003 as ISO MPEG-4 part 10 standard and following the ITU-T naming convention designated as AVC - Advanced Video Coding.
H.264 codec allows encoding, or compressing, a video, but such file is usually saved in a defined container file, and thus H264 file do not follow a strictly-defined format. H264 file can be a RAW data encoded with H.264 and additional metadata, as well as MP4, AVI, or MKV movie containers that use the H.264 standard. H264 files can be opened using almost any media player or video editing software tools.
The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support H264 files. Files with H264 suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening H264 files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with H264 files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with H264 files.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening H264 files is that no program that can handle H264 files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Windows Media Player or one to the listed programs: QuickTime Player, Creator NXT Pro, VideoStudio Pro. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. 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.
You still cannot access H264 files although Windows Media Player is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Windows Media Player cannot handle files with H264 may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Windows Media Player.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate H264 files with latest version of Windows Media Player you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
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If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the H264 file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
Should it happed that the H264 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. H264 file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
Did you receive the H264 file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with H264 extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
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 H.264 Encoded Video 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 H264 extension. In this case close the other applications.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with H.264 Encoded Video Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle H264 files.
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