File Type Generic IconDirectShow Filter
File Format Standard
Usage Referenced by an application; not meant to be opened manually
Rank ★ ★ ☆  Average

Used by various video playback programs to process video data streams; provides decoding and encoding capabilities, file parsing, audio and video de-multiplexing, video decompression, and rendering of video files; may also be used in the video recording and editing process.

DirectShow is sometimes referred to as "Quartz" and was developed as a replacement for Microsoft's "Video for Windows" format.

Open With

IconMicrosoft Windows Media Player

IconApple QuickTime Player

IconVideoLAN VLC media player


IconApple QuickTime Player

IconOther video player that supports video filters


IconVideoLAN VLC media player

Updated 2007