How to Convert REC Files to AVI

By Jamie Lisse

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If you have recorded TV programs on your Topfield DVR and transferred them to your computer, you may have noticed that they are in the REC file format. To use these files with other programs and devices, you must convert them to a more universal video file format, such as AVI. A converter program is all that is needed to do this. The MPEG Video Wizard DVD 5.0 is the only converter program available as of January 2010 that supports the REC-to-AVI file conversion.

Step 1

Download and install the MPEG Video Wizard DVD 5.0 program. It comes with a free 30-day trial period during which the program is fully functional. If you want to continue using the program after this period, you must purchase it. As of January 2010, the purchase price is $99.

Step 2

Launch the MPEG Video Wizard DVD 5.0 program on your computer. Open the REC file that you want to convert from the “File” menu by selecting “Open” and then the file. Only one REC file can be converted at a time with this program.

Step 3

Click on the button with the red dot on it in the lower-right corner of the MPEG Video Wizard DVD 5.0 screen. This will bring up the “Save As” dialog box.

Step 4

Choose AVI from the “Save As Type” drop-down box. Use the drop-down menu by “Save” to set the output location for the new AVI file. Click “Save,” and the “Export” screen will appear.

Step 5

Verify your output settings on the “General” tab and click “Start” when you are ready to begin the conversion. A progress bar will fill as the file is converted and exported to its output location. Once you get a message on your screen that the conversion to AVI has completed, just close the screen to begin using the new AVI file.