I got 2 old VCD movies from my friend a few days ago. I copied the .dat files to my local computer and returned the discs. When I tried playing the movies on my video player, the .dat files cannot be recognized. So I started searching for the reasons and programs for converting DAT to MP4 or other popular video formats.

As is known, DAT file format are generally used in three ways: for general data, VCD videos and Winmail.dat in email. The case we face is DAT file from VCD. This kind of media file is not compatible with most of media players, video editing software or mobile devices like iTunes, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android, iMovie, Final Cut Pro and more.

In order to successfully play DAT files, a recommended solution is to convert DAT to more popular video format like MP4. Though VCD is outdated now and not too much tools for conversion, there are still some paid software which can convert DAT files to MP4 format. All these software are time consuming. I tested some and I was impressed by VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate which can provide the optimal user experience.

Actually, VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate is not a program simply convert DAT file to MP4 format as the other DAT to MP4 tools. You can find much more features as below.

➤ Built-in more than 300 video/audio codecs, it supports converting HD/4K/3D/SD/DVD videos to MP4 or other formats with an excellent output quality for playback on multiple devices.

➤ With the built-in function of video enhancer, your video quality will be improved.

➤ Advanced video/audio editing functions like crop, clip, rotate, merge, watermark and effect.

➤ Add external subtitle to your favorite movie and add external audio track and multi-audio tracks as you like.

➤ This program is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 or above (macOS High Sierra) and Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP (SP2 or later).

How to Convert DAT to MP4 with VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate

Ahead of DAT to MP4 conversion, download and install this program on your Windows and follow the progress of conversion as illustrated below. If you try to convert DAT to MP4 on Mac, you ought to switch to the Mac version.

Step 1. Load DAT File

Open up this converter on your computer and go to main interface. Click "Add Files" button to load DAT file from your computer or any other device that you wanna convert. Alternatively, you can also simply drag and drop the DAT video file into the program. BTW, it supports converting DAT files in batch. You are able to preview the video or even take snapshots once the file is loaded successfully.

Add File

Step 2. Select MP4 Format

Click "Profile" button to open output format menu. Move to "General Video" category and choose MP4 as target output format, any other output video formats like AVI, MKV, MOV and WMV are available.

General Video

Tips: The related parameters of video, such as resolution, encoder, bit rate, frame rate can be customized. Just go back to the main interface and click "Setting" to adjust.

Step 3. Modify the Output Video (Optional)

If necessary, you could use the editing panel to modify your video effects. You have the option to trim unwanted borders, rotate video clips and images, crop the size of the frame, add subtitles or watermarks and much more. Here you can use "Video Enhancer" function to get you out of dark/overexposed/shaking video watching.


Tips: This utility lets you merge two or more files into one output file. Just check the "Merge files into one" box before starting conversion.

Step 4. Start to Convert DAT file to MP4

Finally set destination folder by clicking "Browse" button and hit "Convert" button to start DAT to MP4 conversion with 6X faster speed than other competitors and zero quality loss.

Converting Video

It's the whole process. Afterwards, you will get a MP4 format file with vivid image and hi-fi audio converted from DAT. Now you can play it on any device you like.


DAT video files are usually not compatible to most devices and video players. If you want to play DAT files anywhere without any hassle, you will need a media converter tool in order to convert DAT file to MP4 or other formats. VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended.