A 264 file extension is used for video files encoded in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC standard, which is currently one of the most common formats used for distribution of High Definition video. The format is probably best known for being used on Blu-ray discs. Media players that are able to play Blu-ray discs will be able to open 264 files as well.

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264 file extension - H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video data

What is 264 file? How to open 264 files?

File type specification:

Digital video and movie file type icon Digital video and movie file type

264 file icon: 264 filetype icon

The 264 file extension is associated with the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video format. This file extension is often used for H.264 video in RAW format before its conversion to the standard H.264 video formats, that are playable in the most media players.

The H.264/AVC video codec was introduced in 2003 as a successor of H.263 codec and it is used to provide good video quality through low bitrate connection (average half bitrate and the same quality as MPEG-2). Now is used as a standard applied to a wide variety of applications on a wide variety of networks and systems including low and high bit rates, low and high resolution video, broadcast, DVD storage, RTP/IP packet networks, and ITU-T multimedia telephony systems.

In 2004 the original H.264 codec was extended by FRExt (Fidelity Range Extensions) developed by JVT that enable higher quality video coding by supporting increased sample bit depth precision and higher-resolution color information, including sampling structures known as YUV 4:2:2 and YUV 4:4:4. The H.264 codec is still in developing and now is available version 17.

The video stored in H.264 codec can be stored in various resolutions from 128x96 to 4096x2304.

The 264 files are often recorded by hardware DVR recorders used to manage security IP cameras, or other security systems.
These video files are often header less (file header stores information about data stored in the file) and their playback in multimedia players, like VLC player, are not possible. But you can use for example Netviewer app that allows you to playback 264 files from DVR recorders, and convert them to AVI format.

Updated: March 8, 2019

The default software associated to open 264 file:

VLC media player icon

VideoLAN Project Team logoVLC media player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
VideoLAN Project Team

Very popular multimedia player developed for Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, Unix and various other operating systems and platforms.

VLC can playback many of the video formats (AVI, MKV, OGV, WMV, ASF, MOV...) and audio formats (MP3, AAC, M4A, OGG, FLAC...) as well as support of subtitles for video. It can also be used as a streaming server and multimedia transcoder.

VLC media player for Mac icon

VideoLAN Project Team logoVLC media player for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
VideoLAN Project Team

VLC media player for Mac is popular multimedia player that supports variety of audio and video formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and streaming protocols.

Apple QuickTime for Mac icon

Apple, Inc. logoApple QuickTime for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

Apple QuickTime for Mac is multimedia framework capable of handling various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity. Apple QuickTime for Mac is a part of the Apple Mac OS X.

VLC media player for Linux icon

VideoLAN Project Team logoVLC media player for Linux  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
VideoLAN Project Team

VLC media player for Linux is multimedia player that supports variety of audio and video formats (MPG, AVI, DivX, MPEG-4, FLAC, OGG, MKV etc.) as well as DVD playback, and various streaming protocols.

Related articles:

From H.264 to H.265 codec

Help how to open:

Try universal video player like VLC to play 264 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video. H.264 file can be opened in Microsoft Windows Media Player.

How to convert:

You can use any video editor to convert 264 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video file to another common video format like avi or mp4.

Find conversions from 264 file:

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Find converter to 264 file type:

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Related links:

Free AVC codec download

AVC at Wikipedia

List of software applications associated to the .264 file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open 264 file, edit 264 file, convert 264 file, view 264 file, play 264 file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

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Software that open 264 file - H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video data

Programs supporting the exension 264 on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about Roxio Toast Titanium for open 264 file action.

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