Need urgent help playing .dvr files on my iPhone. i know they are video files because i did it. they are from a dvr for surveillance cameras. need these videos to play on my iPhone asap! if you know any good applications for my mac to convert these files so that they can play? need your help please.

Many television providers offer a DVR to record and playback television shows at a time that is more convenient for you to watch. Since DVR is wrapped with multiple data streams (audio and video), it is not widely recognized by most of the media players or video editing software. So if you happen to have some DVR videos and wanna play them on your iPhone on the move, you need to make sure one thing: your DVR files are compatible with iPhone, if not, read on:

Part 1: DVR File formats, resolutions and file systems
Part 2: How to Play DVR files on iPhone

Part 1: DVR File formats, resolutions and file systems

DVRs can usually record and play H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2 .mpg, MPEG-2 .TS, VOB and ISO images video, with MP3 and AC3 audio tracks. They can also display images (JPEG and PNG) and play music files (MP3 and Ogg). Some devices can be updated to play and record in new formats.
Recordings from standard-definition television usually have 480p/i/576p/i while HDTV is usually in 720p/1080i.
DVRs usually record in proprietary file systems for copy protection, although some can use FAT file systems.

Part 2: How to Play DVR files on iPhone

To play DVR video files unaccepted by iPhone, you need convert your DVR to iPhone friendly video/audio format first:

iPhone Compatible Formats (iPhone 8 included)

H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format. (From

This article use iFunia iPhone Video Converter for Mac to do the DVR to iPhone video conversion. The Mac app provides iPhone preset so that you can directly choose the preset to let the program set the video format, video resolution and more automatically. The following are the detailed steps to convert DVR to iPhone on Mac.


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Step 1. ADD DVR file

Copy the DVR files to your Mac and run the Mac iPhone Video Converter. Then add the DVR files to the DVR to iPhone Mac Converter by dragging and dropping. You can add multiple files at once, because batch conversion is supported.

iFunia Video Converter for Mac

Step 2. Select the preferable video format

Click the edit icon which is on the right of the RCV button to open the output format window. Select desired video format like MP4, AVI, and MPEG as output video format.

output formats of iFunia Video Converter for Mac

Step 3. Convert DVR to AVI/MPEG/MP4/WMV

Click the convert icon to start the DVR to AVI, or DVR to MPEG, or DVR to MP4, DVR to WMV conversion. It will be finished with smaller file size and high output quality.

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5 Responses to How to play DVR video on iPhone(iPhone 8 included)

  1. iLloyd says:

    Couldn’t you just watch them ‘direct’ from the MacBook… On the road ?

  2. canon714 says:

    I was hoping for a more direct approach… A way to connect my mac book to the DVR

  3. Hollywood06 says:

    Any way to watch DVR thru ipad 2?

  4. Jonest says:

    I can’t program the dvr from my iPhone . I can program from my home computer.

  5. dahomes555 says:

    Few DVRs are putting out apps with that capability. Most are live view only.

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