How to Convert a DAT File to MPEG Video

by Chris Hoke

DAT video files are usually found on video CDs (VCDs), but they can also be created by some video editing programs. DAT files cannot be opened by most popular video playback programs, so they must be converted to another file format, such as MPEG. MPEG, which stands for Moving Picture Experts Group, is a multimedia file format that can be compressed and streamed from an Internet source, making it an ideal format for many applications.

Cool Free All Video to MP4 MPEG Converter

Download "Cool Free All Video to MP4 MPEG Converter" by clicking the link provided in the "Resources" section below. Double-click the downloaded file to open the installation program.

Click the "Next" button at the first screen, then click "Next" again to confirm the installation directory.

Click the "Install" button to start the installation process. Click "Cancel" when asked to install the K-Lite Codec package, then click "Yes" to confirm cancellation of the K-Lite Codec installation. The main installation will continue.

Make sure there is a check in the box next to "Launch Cool Free All Video to MP4 MPEG Converter" and click the "Finish" button to complete the installation. The program will open automatically.

Select the radio button next to "Use the free version" and click the "OK" button. Click the "Add File" button located at the left side of the program window. Choose a DAT video file from the "Open" dialog box by clicking on it, then click the "Open" button.

Choose an MPEG file type from the Output Media Format options in the bottom left corner of the program window. For a standard MPEG-1 file format, choose the "VCDFileType(mpeg1)" option. Leave the output directory settings set to the default folder.

Click the "Convert" button. Click the "Close" button in the Register pop-up window to dismiss the registration notice. A progress bar will appear showing the converting process. The default output folder will open automatically.

Double-click on the new MPEG video file to play it in the default media player. If there are no errors in the video file, then the DAT to MPEG conversion has been completed successfully.

OJOsoft Total Video Converter

Download "OJOsoft Total Video Converter" by clicking the link provided in the "Resources" section below. Double-click the downloaded file to open the installation program.

Click the "Next" button and read the license agreement. Click the radio button next to "I accept the agreement" and click "Next." Confirm the installation directory and click "Next."

Click the "Install" button. Make sure there is a check in the box next to "Launch OJOsoft Total Video Converter" and click the "Finish" button. The program will start automatically.

Click the "Browse" button and select a DAT file from your computer by clicking on it. Click the "Open" button. Click the "To MPEG" button at the top of the program window.

Click the "Convert" button in the bottom right corner of the program window. Click the "OK" button. When asked to open the output folder, click "Open." Double-click the new MPEG file and play it with your default multimedia player to ensure that the conversion was successful.

4Easysoft DAT to MPEG Video Converter

Download "4Easysoft DAT to MPEG Video Converter" by clicking the link in the "Resources" section below. Double-click the downloaded file to run it.

Click the "Next" button. Read the license agreement and click the radio button next to "I accept the agreement," then click "Next." Confirm the installation directory and click "Next."

Click the "Install" button. Uncheck the "Visit Home Page" checkbox and click the "Finish" button. The program will launch automatically.

Click the "Order Later" button to bypass the registration screen. Click "Add File" and choose a DAT file from your computer by clicking on it and pressing the "Open" button. Choose an MPEG format from the Profile Output drop-down menu. Click the "Convert" button to proceed with the conversion.

Click the "Open Folder" button to view the output directory. Double-click the new MPEG file to play it in your default multimedia player.

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About the Author

Chris Hoke is a freelance writer, blogger and musician living in the San Francisco bay area. He began writing professionally in 2005 and his articles regularly appear on EmailServiceGuide.com and Slapstart.com.

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