h264 DVR security camera footage cannot be played

This is not just a Linux issue but a general issue most software or hardware players cannot play the resulting exported/backed up format of .h264 from DVR security camera footage for some silly reason.

There is a simple solution in Linux using ffmpeg fortunately.

Convert the .h264 file into mp4


ffmpeg -i yourfile.h264 -codec copy video.mp4

 

play dvr .h264 file

 ffplay -f h264 yourfile.h264

 


 

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