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What are DAT videos?

You may meet or use DAT file format in the possible ways such as: for VCD video files, generic data files and the Winmail.dat files used in email, etc. DAT files are generally used to reference data files, which contain data in ASCII format and are normally comma delimited. The file name extension .dat is used for VCD media files. A DAT file is actually saved in MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 format, containing the actual video data that is played from the VCD. The important thing is that the DAT file for video CDs can be played on CD players and the users do not have to open the DAT file manually.

VCD (.dat) Converter to Convert DAT to MOV, DAT to MP4, DAT to AVI

#1. iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe

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As a matter of fact that when you try to playback, import or edit such MPEG video files extracted from VCD, it seems to be headache with aliasing effects, distortion and images squeezed because of a wrong aspect ratio setup. For this reason, Mac users then need to buy, albeit at a small price, something which allows VCD (.dat) to read compatible video files such as MOV, MP4, M4V. Then you can even put the VCD (.dat) files to iPad, iPhone, etc for playback. Here iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe is recommended to convert DAT files as illustrated below. This quality software is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite and 10.11 El Capitan.

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Step 1. Install and Run iMedia Converter Deluxe for Mac

Click above "Download" button to download this DAT converter on your Mac. Then you will get pop-up installation menu supporting you to finish installing the program. After that, run the DAT converter and go to main interface.

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Step 2. Load .dat Videos

Insert your VCD (.dat) videos from your Mac. Then drag your VCD (.dat) videos to the VCD converter for Mac.

Step 3. Convert VCD (.dat) to MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, etc. on Mac OS X (El Capitan and Yosemite included)

Click "Convert" to finish the task. You can even easily extract audio from the VCD (.dat) to MP3 on Mac with this VCD (.dat) Video Converter for Mac.

PS: Check here to learn more about MP4 format.

Video Tutorial: How to convert VCD (.dat) videos to MOV, MP4, AVI on Mac
Here you will get step-by-step video guide about how to convert VCD (.dat) files on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

#2. WinAVI

WinAVI is a popular converting tool which enables you to convert DAT files in other file formats easily. It is known for its quick and easy media conversions. It converts your media files for using it in any portable device. It is very simple to use for DAT file conversions.

  • User Friendly Interface.
  • Supports most of the portable devices.
  • Converts DAT files efficiently.
  • No Advanced option and editing feature (Can be used only for file conversion).

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#3. Online Converter

Online Converter is widely used for converting DAT file formats. It is a popular free online converting tool which enables you to convert any videos/audios from URL. You just need to select the format of the file to open the video converter page. After that load your DAT file and select the optional settings for editing the video before conversions. It supports many formats such as 3GP, DAT, AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, MP3 and many more. It has the capability to convert any file format which has layered PSD’s to multiple image files so that you can download it as a ZIP archive.

  • Converts DAT files without any quality loss.
  • Separate converting tools for each purpose.
  • Supports all the video/audio formats.
  • Unique Editing feature.
  • Only compatible with Windows.

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Optional Online Tool to Convert VCD(.dat) Videos

Here is an online tool to convert VCD (.dat) videos to MOV, MP4, AVI on Mac. Try it below:

Tips: How to play VCD (.dat) on Mac without conversion?

To open the DAT instance of the VCD file category, Mac users require the VCDGear application.

VCD Gear is a program designed to allow a user to extract MPEG streams from CD images, convert VCD files to MPEG, correct MPEG errors, and more -- all in a single step.

Then you can use VLC to play the MPEG files from VCD.

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Jacob hoops
With this very simple process, I quickly downloaded and easily converted VCD videos to MP4, MOV, AVI on my Mac OS within no time.
iSkysoft Video Converter is the best app to convert any videos
can i convert avi to mp4?
Of course you can. Just have a try. You won''t be disappointed.
Brain I have lot of old VCD disc collection, hope this converter works for me
Free version places a big watermark on the converted file. Avoid.
At last a video converter that is not spam. Good work!!!
For the Mac OS X 10.5.X, download the last compatible version here:
Jaswinder Singh
I have Mac OS X 10.5.8 on my MacBook Pro....this version doesn't run on that...what is the best way out for me
There are two buttons. One is for Mac version, while the other is for Windows version. Please click on the Mac version button (The first one).

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