How to Convert DAT to MP4

By James Red

Unlike DVD, video files from VCDs can be easily copied from the disc and onto a computer hard drive. Video files from VCDs are DAT files. While DAT files are inferior in quality to DVD-video files, their ease of use and compact size does make them an ideal file format for MP4 players. Unfortunately, many MP4 players do not support the DAT file format, meaning the file must first be converted to MP4. Thankfully, this is a very easy process that can be done in a manner of minutes.

Using Any Video Converter

Step 1

Right-click on the DAT file. Delete the DAT extension and replace it with AVI.

Step 2

Download and install Any Video Converter. Launch the program after installation has completed.

Step 3

Drag the AVI file into the Any Video Converter program window.

Step 4

Click on the drop-down list next to "Profile" and select "Customized MP4 Movie (*.mp4).

Step 5

Go to "File" then "Set Output Folder" to select the folder where the converted file will be saved to. Click "OK" after choosing a folder.

Step 6

Click "Convert" to convert the file.

Using WinFF

Step 1

Right-click on the DAT file. Delete the DAT extension and replace it with AVI.

Step 2

Download and install WinFF. Launch the program after installation is complete.

Step 3

Click on the "add" button. Select the AVI file and click "Open."

Step 4

Click on the drop-down list under "Convert To." Select "MPEG-4." Select video quality under "Device Preset."

Step 5

Click on the button under "Output Folder" to choose the folder where the converted file will be save to. Click "OK" after choosing a folder.

Step 6

Click "Convert" to convert the file.

Using FormatFactory

Step 1

Right-click on the DAT file. Delete the DAT extension and replace it with AVI.

Step 2

Download and install Format Factory. Launch the program after installation is complete.

Step 3

Click on the "Video" tab and select "All to MP4." A new window will open.

Step 4

Click on "Output Setting" and select your desired video quality and click "OK."

Step 5

Click "Add File." Select the AVI file and click "Open." Click "OK" to return to the main program window.

Step 6

Click "Convert" to convert the file.