What is a .Y4M File And How To Open It (Guide)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .y4m extension. 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 .y4m file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .Y4M file?

The file extension .Y4M is from YUV4MPEG2 Video File.The file has the binary format, and it is a video related file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .y4m file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .Y4M file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .Y4M file on various operating systems.

How to open a .Y4M file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .y4m 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. You can also use FFmpeg software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .Y4M 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: 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”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .Y4M file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .y4m file on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the FFmpeg software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is FFmpeg.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .Y4M file

2. The second step is locating 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .Y4M file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .y4m file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is 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: FFmpeg.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .Y4M 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

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

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

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 Linux.

Still cannot open the .Y4M file?

If you are still unable to open the .Y4M file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .Y4M file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .yab – Yabasic, .yal – Arts and Letters, .yam – Yahoo!, .yaml – YAML Document, .yaodl – Silicon Graphics. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .Y4M file with the FFmpeg program on Windows, FFmpeg program on Mac and FFmpeg software on Linux.