The way to convert pvr video to mp4/mkv to play on PC and Mac

Posted by eimaliyu on January 16th, 2013

Have you ever wanted to play .pvr file recorded by your humax set-top box with Media Player Classic or other video player on your PC, and find that the video format is not supported by them? Just like the buddy bellow:

"I've got a cheap STB/PVR that records DTV (mpeg2 transport stream). The files it creates have the file extension ".pvr" which by default is not associated with any software player on my PC. Initially I just guessed that they would probably be transport stream files so put a ".ts" on the end. Success, MPC plays them reasonably well (seeking can sometimes be a bit dicky, but basically it's all ok).

I would like to be able to skip the renaming step and play them directly with their existing ".pvr" file extension. The problem is that when I create the file association for MPC to open ".pvr" files it doesn't behave the same way as it does when I rename them to the ".ts" extension. In particular it hangs on an error box that says "vsfilter : wrong file version". If I "ok" this error message then it pops up (exactly the same as before) again and again, eleven times in total. Eventually (after ok'ing the error eleven times) it actually plays just fine.

So is there any way I can instruct MPC to open a file with a ".pvr" extension and make it treat it exactly the same way as if it had a ".ts" extension?"

As we know, Media Player Classic is a simple yet powerful media player with support for many formats like WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, SND, AU, AIF, AIFC, MPEG, MPG, MP2, VOB, AC3, DTS, ASX, M3U, PLS, WAX, ASF, WM, WMA, WMV, AVI, CDA, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, D2V, MP4, SWF, MOV, QT, etc. To play pvr file normally, you can convert the pvr file to format that is supported well with MPC, like convert pvr to wmv for playing.

Doremisoft video converter for mac is a software that can help you convert .pvr file to other format that you want, like mov, mp4, avi, wmv, swf, flv, etc. and you also allowed to edit you video by crop, merge, trim. You can learn how to convert pvr to mp4.

Step 1: You can free download the doremisoft mac video converter to install it to your pc, then run this converter. Click the "Add File" button on the top left to load your .pvr file, you can import multiple file in one time.

Step 2: Set mp4 as the output format. Click the "Profile" field and select mp4 from the drop-up output format list.


1.If you want to edit your video, you can Click the "Edit" button to edit your video.

2.If you want to convert pvr to mkv file, you can choose mkv as the output format by clicking the "Profile" field and select "Common Video"->"MKV(Matroska) video(*mkv).

Step 3: Click "Start" button to convert pvr to wmv file conversion. After converted, you can play if on your MPC player. And edit it with windows movie maker, sony vegas, adobe promiere, etc.


If you are a PC user, you also can choose th doremisoft video converter to convert the pvr file to windows compatible format.

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