Did you know that it is easy to copy videos from VCDs to the computer hard drive, unlike the DVD? The VCDs video files are actually DAT files. When compared to DVD video files, the DAT files have an inferior quality, but they are the ideal format for the MP4 players due to their compact size and ease of use. Unfortunately, the DAT files are not supported by most MP4 players so you have to convert them to MP4 format. With the right converter tool, the process to convert DAT to MP4 can be done easily quickly.
Before going further, you need to know that DAT is the abbreviation for Digital Audio Tape. This file format can be used in three ways: for general data, VCD videos and Winmail.dat in email. In this case, we are looking at how to convert VCD to MP4 format. MP4 is the popular format used for video and audio players, in addition to the video sharing sites. This format supports quality playback of video/audio over the lower compression sizes. You will need a media converter program in order to convert DAT file to MP4. Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended.
The tutorial below is using the Windows version of DAT to MP4 files to demonstrate how to convert DAT file format to MP4 on Windows-based computer (Windows 10 included). Mac users can do the same on Mac (macOS 10.6-10.14).
First, you have to download Aimersoft VCD to MP4 converter and install it in your computer. Open it. From the Convert tab, click on the Add Files button to add the DAT files from your computer.
If necessary, you could use the editing tools to modify the video effects. You have the option to trim parts from the video, change the visual effects, crop the size of the frame or add subtitles or watermarks. This converter tool also has many other functions that you could use to make other changes that you want.
Click on the drop down list of the Convert all files to to choose MP4 as the output video format. Other parameters like video encoder, audio channel, bit rate, sample rate can be adjusted in the Settings option.
After you make the changes to the settings, simply click the Convert All button to start the process. It will only take a few seconds for the DAT files to be converted to MP4 format. After that, you can find the converted files in Converted tab. By clicking the folder icon, you can location the MP4 files on your computer.
A VCD is basically a video file format that is used for putting the videos on a CD. The VCD files can be accessed by dedicated players and devices. Thus to make your files accessible to an array of players, converting it to a popular format like MP4 is required. One tool that helps to get the task done is WinFF which is a frontend for FFMPEG. The WinFF is an open source application that runs on Windows and Linux system and facilitates conversion to an array of formats. Batch conversion of different file formats to MP4 is supported by the tool.
Step 1: Open the VCD file, right click and delete its extension Replace the extension with .MP4 or any other that you want. Run the WinFF tool on your PC and then click on Add button and choose the VCD files that you have replaced with the mp4 extension.
Step 2: Click on Convert to: button and then choose MP4 format. Also, select the video quality and other settings of the file. Finally, click on the Convert button to start the process.