How To Convert .DAT to MPEG

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

I have saved several funny .dat movie clips from MSN "Found" and want to send
them to my brother but can't find a way of converting them to MPEG, WMV or
some other type of file that is compatable with Windows Media Player. I have
tried using VCDGear to convert the files to MPEG but got an error saying it
could not find the MPEG Stream. I was later told that error message means
that the .dat file is not a regular Video CD (VCD) type of file.
Does anyone know how to convert these files? I wonder why Microsoft chose
to use the .dat format instead of something compatable with Media Player.
Thanks. Mike950
10 answers Last reply
More about convert mpeg
  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 19:59:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >I have saved several funny .dat movie clips from MSN "Found" and want to send
    >them to my brother but can't find a way of converting them to MPEG, WMV or
    >some other type of file that is compatable with Windows Media Player. I have
    >tried using VCDGear to convert the files to MPEG but got an error saying it
    >could not find the MPEG Stream. I was later told that error message means
    >that the .dat file is not a regular Video CD (VCD) type of file.
    >Does anyone know how to convert these files? I wonder why Microsoft chose
    >to use the .dat format instead of something compatable with Media Player.
    >Thanks. Mike950
    just rename the files to *.mpg and see if they play in media player.
    Dave
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Thanks for the suggestion but renaming to .mpg doesn't help. Any other ideas?
    Mike950

    "da_test" wrote:

    > On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 19:59:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    > <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    > >I have saved several funny .dat movie clips from MSN "Found" and want to send
    > >them to my brother but can't find a way of converting them to MPEG, WMV or
    > >some other type of file that is compatable with Windows Media Player. I have
    > >tried using VCDGear to convert the files to MPEG but got an error saying it
    > >could not find the MPEG Stream. I was later told that error message means
    > >that the .dat file is not a regular Video CD (VCD) type of file.
    > >Does anyone know how to convert these files? I wonder why Microsoft chose
    > >to use the .dat format instead of something compatable with Media Player.
    > >Thanks. Mike950
    > just rename the files to *.mpg and see if they play in media player.
    > Dave
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 11:41:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >Thanks for the suggestion but renaming to .mpg doesn't help. Any other ideas?
    >Mike950
    >
    >"da_test" wrote:
    >
    >> On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 19:59:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    >> <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> >I have saved several funny .dat movie clips from MSN "Found" and want to send
    >> >them to my brother but can't find a way of converting them to MPEG, WMV or
    >> >some other type of file that is compatable with Windows Media Player. I have
    >> >tried using VCDGear to convert the files to MPEG but got an error saying it
    >> >could not find the MPEG Stream. I was later told that error message means
    >> >that the .dat file is not a regular Video CD (VCD) type of file.
    >> >Does anyone know how to convert these files? I wonder why Microsoft chose
    >> >to use the .dat format instead of something compatable with Media Player.
    >> >Thanks. Mike950
    >> just rename the files to *.mpg and see if they play in media player.
    >> Dave
    >>
    open the old media player (version 6.4) by typing mplayer2.exe
    from the RUN box.
    Open windows explorer and navigate to the DAT file.
    Drag and drop it onto the media player. Does it play?

    If it fails, I would contact MSN and ask them about their
    file format.
    Dave
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    ..dat and .mpg are the same format.

    renaming should have no effect on the "playability" of the file.

    I have a video editor that will not accept .dat files, so I change the
    extension to .mpg and it works fine.

    Bobby

    "da_test" <davexnet02NO@SPAMyahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:jskp41dm9i4q1vuh2p802kkds2dufv923c@4ax.com...
    > On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 11:41:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    > <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    >>Thanks for the suggestion but renaming to .mpg doesn't help. Any other
    >>ideas?
    >>Mike950
    >>
    >>"da_test" wrote:
    >>
    >>> On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 19:59:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    >>> <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>>
    >>> >I have saved several funny .dat movie clips from MSN "Found" and want
    >>> >to send
    >>> >them to my brother but can't find a way of converting them to MPEG, WMV
    >>> >or
    >>> >some other type of file that is compatable with Windows Media Player.
    >>> >I have
    >>> >tried using VCDGear to convert the files to MPEG but got an error
    >>> >saying it
    >>> >could not find the MPEG Stream. I was later told that error message
    >>> >means
    >>> >that the .dat file is not a regular Video CD (VCD) type of file.
    >>> >Does anyone know how to convert these files? I wonder why Microsoft
    >>> >chose
    >>> >to use the .dat format instead of something compatable with Media
    >>> >Player.
    >>> >Thanks. Mike950
    >>> just rename the files to *.mpg and see if they play in media player.
    >>> Dave
    >>>
    > open the old media player (version 6.4) by typing mplayer2.exe
    > from the RUN box.
    > Open windows explorer and navigate to the DAT file.
    > Drag and drop it onto the media player. Does it play?
    >
    > If it fails, I would contact MSN and ask them about their
    > file format.
    > Dave
    >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    ..dat video files are often encrypted so renaming them to anything doesn't
    help.
    --
    Cari (MS-MVP) Windows Client - Printing & Imaging
    www.coribright.com

    In Loving Memory of our dear friend Alex Nichol MVP

    "Mike950" <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:D7A7C24E-B129-482A-8EB4-61E61244146C@microsoft.com...
    > Thanks for the suggestion but renaming to .mpg doesn't help. Any other
    > ideas?
    > Mike950
    >
    > "da_test" wrote:
    >
    >> On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 19:59:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    >> <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> >I have saved several funny .dat movie clips from MSN "Found" and want to
    >> >send
    >> >them to my brother but can't find a way of converting them to MPEG, WMV
    >> >or
    >> >some other type of file that is compatable with Windows Media Player. I
    >> >have
    >> >tried using VCDGear to convert the files to MPEG but got an error saying
    >> >it
    >> >could not find the MPEG Stream. I was later told that error message
    >> >means
    >> >that the .dat file is not a regular Video CD (VCD) type of file.
    >> >Does anyone know how to convert these files? I wonder why Microsoft
    >> >chose
    >> >to use the .dat format instead of something compatable with Media
    >> >Player.
    >> >Thanks. Mike950
    >> just rename the files to *.mpg and see if they play in media player.
    >> Dave
    >>
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Thanks Cari, I think your answer is probably correct. The .dat video clips
    posted by MSN for their "Found" page are probably encrypted so they can't be
    copied and forwarded. I can understand why. They want you to go to the
    actual site for the advertising. I guess that's ok. They have to pay to
    produce the series. Thanks for the help. Mike950

    PS: I'm very sorry to hear about Alex Nichol. He has helped me out a
    number of times on various topics for many years. His willingness to help
    others will be remembered by many.


    "Cari (MS-MVP)" wrote:

    > ..dat video files are often encrypted so renaming them to anything doesn't
    > help.
    > --
    > Cari (MS-MVP) Windows Client - Printing & Imaging
    > www.coribright.com
    >
    > In Loving Memory of our dear friend Alex Nichol MVP
    >
    > "Mike950" <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:D7A7C24E-B129-482A-8EB4-61E61244146C@microsoft.com...
    > > Thanks for the suggestion but renaming to .mpg doesn't help. Any other
    > > ideas?
    > > Mike950
    > >
    > > "da_test" wrote:
    > >
    > >> On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 19:59:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    > >> <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > >>
    > >> >I have saved several funny .dat movie clips from MSN "Found" and want to
    > >> >send
    > >> >them to my brother but can't find a way of converting them to MPEG, WMV
    > >> >or
    > >> >some other type of file that is compatable with Windows Media Player. I
    > >> >have
    > >> >tried using VCDGear to convert the files to MPEG but got an error saying
    > >> >it
    > >> >could not find the MPEG Stream. I was later told that error message
    > >> >means
    > >> >that the .dat file is not a regular Video CD (VCD) type of file.
    > >> >Does anyone know how to convert these files? I wonder why Microsoft
    > >> >chose
    > >> >to use the .dat format instead of something compatable with Media
    > >> >Player.
    > >> >Thanks. Mike950
    > >> just rename the files to *.mpg and see if they play in media player.
    > >> Dave
    > >>
    > >
    >
    >
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    I can not import Avseq01.dat file of video into movie maker and therefore I
    can not edit it. How can I convert it to such format that is acceptable to
    movie maker.

    Raja

    "NoNoBadDog!" wrote:

    > ..dat and .mpg are the same format.
    >
    > renaming should have no effect on the "playability" of the file.
    >
    > I have a video editor that will not accept .dat files, so I change the
    > extension to .mpg and it works fine.
    >
    > Bobby
    >
    > "da_test" <davexnet02NO@SPAMyahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:jskp41dm9i4q1vuh2p802kkds2dufv923c@4ax.com...
    > > On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 11:41:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    > > <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > >
    > >>Thanks for the suggestion but renaming to .mpg doesn't help. Any other
    > >>ideas?
    > >>Mike950
    > >>
    > >>"da_test" wrote:
    > >>
    > >>> On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 19:59:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    > >>> <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > >>>
    > >>> >I have saved several funny .dat movie clips from MSN "Found" and want
    > >>> >to send
    > >>> >them to my brother but can't find a way of converting them to MPEG, WMV
    > >>> >or
    > >>> >some other type of file that is compatable with Windows Media Player.
    > >>> >I have
    > >>> >tried using VCDGear to convert the files to MPEG but got an error
    > >>> >saying it
    > >>> >could not find the MPEG Stream. I was later told that error message
    > >>> >means
    > >>> >that the .dat file is not a regular Video CD (VCD) type of file.
    > >>> >Does anyone know how to convert these files? I wonder why Microsoft
    > >>> >chose
    > >>> >to use the .dat format instead of something compatable with Media
    > >>> >Player.
    > >>> >Thanks. Mike950
    > >>> just rename the files to *.mpg and see if they play in media player.
    > >>> Dave
    > >>>
    > > open the old media player (version 6.4) by typing mplayer2.exe
    > > from the RUN box.
    > > Open windows explorer and navigate to the DAT file.
    > > Drag and drop it onto the media player. Does it play?
    > >
    > > If it fails, I would contact MSN and ask them about their
    > > file format.
    > > Dave
    > >
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    If you cannot import it, it is probably encrypted.
    --
    Cari
    (MS-MVP Printing & Imaging)

    "Raja" <Raja@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:8857F870-2630-4DBB-8E39-F26B17490B41@microsoft.com...
    >I can not import Avseq01.dat file of video into movie maker and therefore I
    > can not edit it. How can I convert it to such format that is acceptable to
    > movie maker.
    >
    > Raja
    >
    > "NoNoBadDog!" wrote:
    >
    >> ..dat and .mpg are the same format.
    >>
    >> renaming should have no effect on the "playability" of the file.
    >>
    >> I have a video editor that will not accept .dat files, so I change the
    >> extension to .mpg and it works fine.
    >>
    >> Bobby
    >>
    >> "da_test" <davexnet02NO@SPAMyahoo.com> wrote in message
    >> news:jskp41dm9i4q1vuh2p802kkds2dufv923c@4ax.com...
    >> > On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 11:41:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    >> > <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >> >
    >> >>Thanks for the suggestion but renaming to .mpg doesn't help. Any other
    >> >>ideas?
    >> >>Mike950
    >> >>
    >> >>"da_test" wrote:
    >> >>
    >> >>> On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 19:59:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    >> >>> <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >> >>>
    >> >>> >I have saved several funny .dat movie clips from MSN "Found" and
    >> >>> >want
    >> >>> >to send
    >> >>> >them to my brother but can't find a way of converting them to MPEG,
    >> >>> >WMV
    >> >>> >or
    >> >>> >some other type of file that is compatable with Windows Media
    >> >>> >Player.
    >> >>> >I have
    >> >>> >tried using VCDGear to convert the files to MPEG but got an error
    >> >>> >saying it
    >> >>> >could not find the MPEG Stream. I was later told that error message
    >> >>> >means
    >> >>> >that the .dat file is not a regular Video CD (VCD) type of file.
    >> >>> >Does anyone know how to convert these files? I wonder why Microsoft
    >> >>> >chose
    >> >>> >to use the .dat format instead of something compatable with Media
    >> >>> >Player.
    >> >>> >Thanks. Mike950
    >> >>> just rename the files to *.mpg and see if they play in media player.
    >> >>> Dave
    >> >>>
    >> > open the old media player (version 6.4) by typing mplayer2.exe
    >> > from the RUN box.
    >> > Open windows explorer and navigate to the DAT file.
    >> > Drag and drop it onto the media player. Does it play?
    >> >
    >> > If it fails, I would contact MSN and ask them about their
    >> > file format.
    >> > Dave
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Raja wrote:
    > I can not import Avseq01.dat file of video into movie maker and therefore
    > I
    > can not edit it. How can I convert it to such format that is acceptable to
    > movie maker.

    You need to convert the DAT to a suitable AVI format. Since it is for
    editing the size of resultant AVI doesnt matter. Use Stoik Converter or
    TMPGenc to open the dat file and save to an (preferably uncompressed) AVI
    file.


    --
    Rehan
    MS MVP -- Digital Media
    www.rehanfx.org - get transitions and effects for Windows Movie Maker


    "Raja" <Raja@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:8857F870-2630-4DBB-8E39-F26B17490B41@microsoft.com...
    >I can not import Avseq01.dat file of video into movie maker and therefore I
    > can not edit it. How can I convert it to such format that is acceptable to
    > movie maker.
    >
    > Raja
    >
    > "NoNoBadDog!" wrote:
    >
    >> ..dat and .mpg are the same format.
    >>
    >> renaming should have no effect on the "playability" of the file.
    >>
    >> I have a video editor that will not accept .dat files, so I change the
    >> extension to .mpg and it works fine.
    >>
    >> Bobby
    >>
    >> "da_test" <davexnet02NO@SPAMyahoo.com> wrote in message
    >> news:jskp41dm9i4q1vuh2p802kkds2dufv923c@4ax.com...
    >> > On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 11:41:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    >> > <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >> >
    >> >>Thanks for the suggestion but renaming to .mpg doesn't help. Any other
    >> >>ideas?
    >> >>Mike950
    >> >>
    >> >>"da_test" wrote:
    >> >>
    >> >>> On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 19:59:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    >> >>> <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >> >>>
    >> >>> >I have saved several funny .dat movie clips from MSN "Found" and
    >> >>> >want
    >> >>> >to send
    >> >>> >them to my brother but can't find a way of converting them to MPEG,
    >> >>> >WMV
    >> >>> >or
    >> >>> >some other type of file that is compatable with Windows Media
    >> >>> >Player.
    >> >>> >I have
    >> >>> >tried using VCDGear to convert the files to MPEG but got an error
    >> >>> >saying it
    >> >>> >could not find the MPEG Stream. I was later told that error message
    >> >>> >means
    >> >>> >that the .dat file is not a regular Video CD (VCD) type of file.
    >> >>> >Does anyone know how to convert these files? I wonder why Microsoft
    >> >>> >chose
    >> >>> >to use the .dat format instead of something compatable with Media
    >> >>> >Player.
    >> >>> >Thanks. Mike950
    >> >>> just rename the files to *.mpg and see if they play in media player.
    >> >>> Dave
    >> >>>
    >> > open the old media player (version 6.4) by typing mplayer2.exe
    >> > from the RUN box.
    >> > Open windows explorer and navigate to the DAT file.
    >> > Drag and drop it onto the media player. Does it play?
    >> >
    >> > If it fails, I would contact MSN and ask them about their
    >> > file format.
    >> > Dave
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >>
    >>
    >>
  10. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    > Use Stoik Converter or TMPGenc

    Sorry I missed out the easiest option for this type of conversion:
    VirtualDubMod http://virtualdubmod.sourceforge.net

    --
    Rehan
    MS MVP -- Digital Media
    www.rehanfx.org - get transitions and effects for Windows Movie Maker


    "Rehan" <someone@somewhere.com> wrote in message
    news:uKpJIUETFHA.3344@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > Raja wrote:
    >> I can not import Avseq01.dat file of video into movie maker and therefore
    >> I
    >> can not edit it. How can I convert it to such format that is acceptable
    >> to
    >> movie maker.
    >
    > You need to convert the DAT to a suitable AVI format. Since it is for
    > editing the size of resultant AVI doesnt matter. Use Stoik Converter or
    > TMPGenc to open the dat file and save to an (preferably uncompressed) AVI
    > file.
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > Rehan
    > MS MVP -- Digital Media
    > www.rehanfx.org - get transitions and effects for Windows Movie Maker
    >
    >
    >
    > "Raja" <Raja@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:8857F870-2630-4DBB-8E39-F26B17490B41@microsoft.com...
    >>I can not import Avseq01.dat file of video into movie maker and therefore
    >>I
    >> can not edit it. How can I convert it to such format that is acceptable
    >> to
    >> movie maker.
    >>
    >> Raja
    >>
    >> "NoNoBadDog!" wrote:
    >>
    >>> ..dat and .mpg are the same format.
    >>>
    >>> renaming should have no effect on the "playability" of the file.
    >>>
    >>> I have a video editor that will not accept .dat files, so I change the
    >>> extension to .mpg and it works fine.
    >>>
    >>> Bobby
    >>>
    >>> "da_test" <davexnet02NO@SPAMyahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:jskp41dm9i4q1vuh2p802kkds2dufv923c@4ax.com...
    >>> > On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 11:41:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    >>> > <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>> >
    >>> >>Thanks for the suggestion but renaming to .mpg doesn't help. Any
    >>> >>other
    >>> >>ideas?
    >>> >>Mike950
    >>> >>
    >>> >>"da_test" wrote:
    >>> >>
    >>> >>> On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 19:59:04 -0800, "Mike950"
    >>> >>> <Mike950@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>> >>>
    >>> >>> >I have saved several funny .dat movie clips from MSN "Found" and
    >>> >>> >want
    >>> >>> >to send
    >>> >>> >them to my brother but can't find a way of converting them to MPEG,
    >>> >>> >WMV
    >>> >>> >or
    >>> >>> >some other type of file that is compatable with Windows Media
    >>> >>> >Player.
    >>> >>> >I have
    >>> >>> >tried using VCDGear to convert the files to MPEG but got an error
    >>> >>> >saying it
    >>> >>> >could not find the MPEG Stream. I was later told that error
    >>> >>> >message
    >>> >>> >means
    >>> >>> >that the .dat file is not a regular Video CD (VCD) type of file.
    >>> >>> >Does anyone know how to convert these files? I wonder why
    >>> >>> >Microsoft
    >>> >>> >chose
    >>> >>> >to use the .dat format instead of something compatable with Media
    >>> >>> >Player.
    >>> >>> >Thanks. Mike950
    >>> >>> just rename the files to *.mpg and see if they play in media player.
    >>> >>> Dave
    >>> >>>
    >>> > open the old media player (version 6.4) by typing mplayer2.exe
    >>> > from the RUN box.
    >>> > Open windows explorer and navigate to the DAT file.
    >>> > Drag and drop it onto the media player. Does it play?
    >>> >
    >>> > If it fails, I would contact MSN and ask them about their
    >>> > file format.
    >>> > Dave
    >>> >
    >>> >
    >>> >
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >
    >
Ask a new question

Read More

Video MPEG Microsoft Windows XP