What is a .H261 File And How To Open It – International Telegraph Union (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .h261 extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .h261 file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .H261 file?

The file extension .H261 comes from H.261 Video. It was developed by International Telegraph Union. The format of this file is binary, and it is a video related file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .h261 file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .H261 file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .H261 file on various operating systems.

How to open a .H261 file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .h261 file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the FFmpeg software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: VideoLAN VLC media player and FFmpeg.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .H261 file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the FFmpeg software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .H261 file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .h261 file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the FFmpeg software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use VideoLAN VLC media player and FFmpeg software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .H261 file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the FFmpeg software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .H261 file on Linux

To open the .h261 file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the FFmpeg software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use VideoLAN VLC media player and FFmpeg software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .H261 file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the FFmpeg software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .H261 file?

If you are still unable to open the .H261 file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .H261 file.h262 – International Telegraph Union and MPEG, .h263 – International Telegraph Union, .h264 – H.264 Encoded Video File, .h265 – JCT-VC, .h2o – Liquid Entertainment. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .H261 file with the FFmpeg, VideoLAN VLC media player programs on Windows, FFmpeg, VideoLAN VLC media player programs on Mac and FFmpeg, VideoLAN VLC media player software on Linux.