Files with dvr-ms suffix can be found as TV video recordings in Microsoft Digital Video format saved using the Windows Media Center.

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DVR-MS file extension - Microsoft Digital Video Recording

What is dvr-ms file? How to open dvr-ms files?

File type specification:

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

dvr-ms file icon: dvr-ms filetype icon

File extension dvr-ms is best known for use for one of the default video formats in the Microsoft Windows Media Center.

The DVR-MS file format, designed mainly for storing recorded TV content, was first introduced in the Windows XP and remained in use until it was replaced by the WTV format in Windows 7. However, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 also support playback of dvr-ms files.

Similar to ASF format, DVR-MS format uses Personal Video Recorder (PVR) functionality, including time-shifting, live pause, and simultaneous record and playback. Video data are stored in the MPEG-2 video stream and audio data are in the MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio stream.

Updated: June 16, 2024

The default software associated to open dvr-ms file:

Microsoft Windows Media Player icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows Media Player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows Media Player is default multimedia player installed in Microsoft Windows. WMP can manage music, videos and pictures in computer, play or view them, sync them with portable devices, or burn them on CD/DVD media. It also supports home media sharing with other computers.

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.

Windows Media Center icon

Microsoft Corporation logoWindows Media Center  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Windows Media Center was a media player and digital video recorder for Microsoft Windows. It also managed most of the digital TV tuners for computers. Windows Media Center supports playback of popular video and audio formats, including 3GP, AAC, AVCHD, MPEG-4, WMV, WMA, AVI, DivX, MOV, and Xvid files.

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Help how to open:

Primarly use Microsoft Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center to playback the .dvr-ms file. But other media players can most likely also playback this format.

How to convert:

DVR-MS format can be converted to other multimedia formats with plenty of available converters.

Find conversions from dvr-ms file:

dvr-ms to dvr

dvr-ms to m2ts

dvr-ms to mkv

dvr-ms to mov

dvr-ms to mp4

dvr-ms to wmv

dvr-ms to wtv

Find converter to dvr-ms file type:

avi to dvr-ms

flv to dvr-ms

mkv to dvr-ms

mp4 to dvr-ms

mts to dvr-ms

ts to dvr-ms

wtv to dvr-ms

File identification strings:

HEX code: 30 26 b2 75 8e 66 cf 11 a6 d9 00 aa 00 62 ce 6c 0f c2 00 00 00 00 00 00 06 00 00 00 01 02 40 a4 d0

List of software applications associated to the .dvr-ms file extension

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Software that open dvr-ms file - Microsoft Digital Video Recording

Programs supporting the exension dvr-ms on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open dvr-ms file action.

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