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How to Convert M4V to MP4 | Windows 10 & macOS Mojave?

M4V video format is developled by Apple. Many source M4V videos come from iTunes, iPhone, iPad, and other iDevices, and Apple programs. But quite a lot of devices cannot play them directly, such as Android phones, TVs, and PSP. Converting M4V to MP4 format is a good way to get better compatibility. Check the guide below to change M4V to MP4 format.

Quit HandBrake, Use A More Professional M4V Video Converter

Some users recommend open-source software HandBrake and VLC for M4V to MP4 conversion, as a matter of fact, there's a much better choice - WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe delivers at least 5x faster conversion speed by taking full advantage of QSV & CUDA/NVENC hardware acceleration tech and multiple CPU cores.

[M4V to MP4 Conversion] How to Use WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Step 1. Load your source M4V video. Open the program, click the "+ Video" button and import the source M4V video file.

Step 2. Choose MP4 as output format. After the video is loaded, an Output Profile window appears. Select "MP4 Video" as the output video format and click the OK button to save the change.

Step 3. Convert M4V to MP4. Click blue RUN button on the interface to start M4V to MP4 conversion. You can view the whole conversion progress and stop it at any time.

Convert M4V to MP4
Convert M4V to MP4

Setting Tips:
• Click Codec Option icon to reset the video audio parameters by default as you like, including codec, resolution, bitrate, aspect ratio, frame ratio, channel, sample rate;
• Select Edit Video Tab to cut, crop, rotate, filp video and add subtitle, watermark or effects.
• Select Name & Tag icon to reset video title, artist, genre or set a cover for the video;
• Click Browse icon to select a certain destination folder to save your converted video in MP4 format;
• Check "Use High Quality Engine" and "Deinterlacint" to optimize the video quality, "Hardware Acceleration Engine" to speed up video conversion, "Merge" to merged several videos into a single one.

Wiki: What Is M4V?

M4V, quite similar to MP4, is a MPEG-4 file extension and video container developed and mainly used by Apple in its iTunes Store> to encode TV episode, movie, and music videos. The videos are alternatively protected by Apple FairPlay DRM copyright protection so that the protected ones can only played in iTunes or iOS devices.

MP4 Advantages over M4V

Just in consideration of the popularity, MP4 wins. MP4 is absolutely the most commonly used video format, containing video audio steams, subtitles and still images. To crown it all, it can be played on a large variety of non-Apple smart devices like Android Samsung HTC phones/pads, PSP, Xbox game consoles, Windows phones, Blackberry.

M4V to MP4 Conversion FAQs

Can I just rename M4V to MP4?

Some unprotected .m4v videos can be played on media players by simply renaming its extension name to .mp4, but we suppose you not to do so. Because it may damage the original file structure and ruin the video quality. So, it's the right time to use a solid MP4 video converter for converting M4V to the player device supportable formats, like transcoding M4V to MP4.

Does Handbrake convert M4V to MP4?

HandBrake will automatically save MP4 vide files with .m4v extension when users pass-through audio, use SRT subtitles, or have chapter markers enabled. You can directly rename .m4v to .mp4, but QuickTime and QT may fail to recognize the .mp4 video file. DRM-ed M4V videos and movies are not supported in HandBrake.


Author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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