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VCD Converter: How to Convert VCD Video (.dat) to MP4

Karolina Miller
Karolina Miller

Karolina Miller is an editor for VC Studio. From video/audio downloading to DVD creating and converting, she knows them all. And she likes sharing her thought and solution about multimedia.

"I got some .dat files copied from the old VCD disc on my computer. Now I want to convert them to MP4 because I can't share the VCD video on YouTube. Is there any decent tutorial which can show me how to convert VCD to MP4 files?"

In most instances, watching VCD (also called video CD) videos is not so convenient on the current digital life. You may need a VCD player or DVD player which supports VCD playback. Really trouble, right? In addition, not like DVD, it is simple to copy the original videos from VCD to computer. But when you trying to get the videos from the VCDs to your computer, you might find the video files are saved in .dat format which can't be played on your media player. Apart from this, the popular video sharing website, Android smartphones, iOS devices and other portable devices also don't have the ability to read DAT files. Therefore, in case you want to explore the content from VCD, you need to convert the VCD to MP4 format, which works well on all the devices and media player.

Part 1 Tutorial: How to Convert VCD to MP4 Easily.

To go further, you must get help from a powerful video converter which is capable of converting the DAT files to MP4 easily. When it comes to video converter, we have to introduce the Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate. This program is specially designed for converting video and audio files. It supports over 300 kinds of video/audio format including DAT files, MKV, AVI, MP4, FLV, WMV, MOV, VOB, RMVB and even DVD. By using Video Converter Ultimate, you can convert VCD to MP4 with only 3 steps. Also, it offers the fastest conversion speed to you due to the latest GPU acceleration technology.

Video Converter Ultimate – Most Professional VCD Converter

Want to convert VCD video (DAT file) to MP4? Get the Video Converter Ultimate installed and follow the steps below.

Step 1. Add the DAT Files

From the link above, download and install the Video Converter Ultimate on your computer. Then, click on "Add Files" button to load the DAT files to the program or just drag-and-drop the DAT files to the main interface.

Add the DAT Files

Step 2. Choose MP4 Format

The second step is clicking on the list of the "Profile" to select the "MP4" as the output video format. Clicking the "Gear" icon to open "Setting" option and then adjust the video parameters as you wish.

Choose MP4 Format

Step 3. Start to Convert VCD to MP4

Before the last step, you can change the output folder path in the bottom of main interface. Otherwise it will be saved in the default folder. Now click the blue "Convert" button to start the process. Take it easy, it will only take a few minutes to finish the conversion from DAT files to MP4 format.

Convert VCD to MP4

When the program successfully completed the VCD videos to MP4, you can transfer the videos to any devices for watching, send the videos to your friends or share them on YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Just do anything you want!

Part 2 Extended Knowledge: What is VCD?

VCD stands for Video CD (also known as View CD, Compact Disc digital video). It is a standard digital format developed in 1993 by Sony, Philips, Matsushita, and JVC to string video on a Compact Disc. And VCDs can be played on dedicated VCD players, most modern DVD-Video players, personal computers, and some video game consoles.

In a VCD, the audio and video streams are multiplexed in an MPEG-PS container.






l  NTSC: 352x240

l  PAL/SECAM: 352x288

Aspect Ratio

l  NTSC: 107:80 (0.3% difference from 4:3)

l  PAL/SECAM: 4:3


l  NTSC: 29.97 or 23.976 frames per second

l  PAL/SECAM: 25 frames per second


1,150 kilobits   per second

Rate Control

constant bitrate




MPEG-1 Audio   Layer II


44,100 hertz (44.1 kHz)


Dual channel or   stereo


224 kilobits per second

Rate Control

Constant bitrate

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