The File Extensions Database

.BIK File Extension

  • Developer by: RAD Game Tools
  • Category: Video Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .BIK file?

.BIK is Bink Video File

Proprietary video format developed by RAD Game Tools; used for playing movie clips in video games on both PCs and console systems; allows standard video to be highly compressed while optimizing video quality for the target platform.

Bink videos can be played with Windows Media Player (WMP) if you have the Windows 7 Codec Pack installed. Even though WMP says it does not recognize the ".bik" extension after you have installed the codec pack, choose to open the video anyway and WMP will play it.

BIK files are often compressed from .AVI, .MOV, or other common video file formats. When compressed with the Bink tools, the data rates can be adjusted for resolutions as low as 320x240 up to resolutions in HD quality, thereby supporting videos that are suitable for handheld devices as well as HD TVs and computer screens.

Programs that open Bink Video File
File Viewer Plus
The RAD Video Tools
Microsoft Windows Media Player with Windows 7 Codec Pack
Rebellion Aliens vs. Predator
VideoLAN VLC media player
The Bink Video Player for MacOS X
VideoLAN VLC media player
The Bink Video Player for GNU/Linux
VideoLAN VLC media player
File Type 2 Video Game Movie File
Category: Game Files

Video format used by various video games, including Sid Meier's Civilization 4 and Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2; typically stored in the "\Data\movies\" folder within the program folder; referenced when video clips are played within the game.

Programs that open Video Game Movie File
Take-Two Interactive Civilization 4
Take-Two Interactive Civilization 4

How to solve problems with BIK files

  • Associate the BIK file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any BIK file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.BIK files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the BIK file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .BIK is Bink Video File. Because only the current version supports the latest BIK file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the RAD Game Tools manufacturer website after an available .BIK is Bink Video File update.
  • To make sure that your BIK file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.