We live in an era when information and technology have reached new peaks; sharing data has never been easier.
Microsoft and Apple continue to divide the general public. But worry not; by the end of this article, you’ll be able to overcome one of the most significant differences between Mac and Windows by converting M4V to MP4.
M4V is the format Apple uses to encode videos you download from iTunes. It’s really useful but not compatible with Windows, so it’s impractical for Windows users.
In the article below, we tell you how to convert M4V to MP4 for free, both on Mac and Windows.
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What is an M4V file
An M4V file is similar to an MP4 (a.k.a. MPEG-4) file. M4V is the format Apple uses to encode the videos you download from iTunes. M4V videos can contain anything from short music clips to TV programs and full-length movies. All devices running Apple software and Android can support M4V.
Features of M4V file:
A media format developed by Apple for distributing videos through iTunes
Can optionally contain Apple’s DRM (digital rights management) copyright protection tool
Advantages of M4V:
M4V files have higher definition and occupy less storage space than MP4
Disadvantages of M4V:
A limited number of compatible devices and players
Only paid-up users can move, copy, or play the files
Codecs used with M4V:
264 for video
AAC and Dolby Digital for audio
What is an MP4 file
MP4 (full name MPEG-4 Part 14) is a digital multimedia container format mainly used for storing video and audio files but can also be used for still images and subtitles. Virtually all personal devices support the MP4 format.
Suitable for endless internet video streaming
Can store data types other than audios and videos
Audio or video quality virtually the same as the original
Advantages of the MP4 file format:
Most consumers prefer MP4 to other digital file formats
Works with 264 codec
Plays on all media players
Disadvantages of the MP4 file format:
Difficult to edit and maintain
Piracy issues, made worse by the increased proliferation of MP4
MP4 video uses MPEG-4, H.264, and 265 among other video codecs
MP4 audio uses the MP3, AAC, and AC3 audio codecs
M4V vs. MP4
So who wins this battle? Below, you'll find some quick comparison lists that will help you make a decision and choose the best format 👇🏻
Developer: Apple Inc.
Supported devices: Apple devices and players only
Available DRW copyright control and protection
Developer: Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG)
Supported devices: Most common devices and media players
No copyright control or protection
Got the idea? Great! And now, trick question: do you know the best M4V to MP4 Converter?
We dare say WALTR PRO: it's so far the best app to convert M4V files to MP4. And here's why!
What is WALTR PRO
WALTR PRO is a brand-new app developed by Softorino. It now has a standalone converter and comes with a range of new cool features that make your data management as simple as possible.
WALTR PRO converts Apple M4V video format files into MP4 (or any other format) so they’ll play on virtually any media player and any iOS device or computer (Mac or Windows).
WALTR PRO allows you to convert Apple’s M4V to MP4 without the need for complex workflows in iTunes or 3rd-party apps in iOS.
Here's how you convert M4V to MP4 with WALTR PRO
Let's get to practice! Hop on 😉
Step 1: Download WALTR PRO & install it on your Mac/PC
No worries, it’s free to download. You get 1 free day trial to fully test WALTR PRO. You can start by getting the app right here. Try it for free or enter your license key if you've already purchased the app. Congrats! You're ready to start ⭐️
Step 2: Drag & Drop your file into WALTR
Let's convert the music video "Flatline" by Two Feet from M4V to MP4. Place the file on your desktop for more comfort. You can also choose it from Finder or simply click on the blue folder icon and WALTR PRO will launch Finder automatically.
Drag your file to "Drop to Convert to Local Folder" if you want the file to land on your Mac/Windows computer. But sure, you can transfer videos to any iOS device if it runs on iOS 5 or the later version.
Step 3: Play the file and enjoy!
Wait until you hear a short tone and see a green "DONE" icon. Ta-da!
Now you have a brand-new MP4 file on your computer in just a few moments thanks to WALTR PRO. How do you access it? Click on "Show in Finder" to find your file:
Just click on the file and it'll open in the default TV app.
Well, that was easy, right? 😏
How do I play M4V files?
Apart from iTunes, you can also play M4V files on VLC Media Player, Media Player Classic, Real Player, Mplayer, Zoom Player, and several other lesser-known players.
How do I play MP4 files?
MP4 files are the most widely used media files in the world; you can play them on almost any media player on almost any device running on almost any operating system.
Can I convert M4V to MP4 using iTunes?
Sure you can!
This is how you do it:
Click on the Library button to select the iTunes video you want to convert. Click OK to download the M4V file.
Once the M4V file is downloaded, you can select the specific output tracks.
If you want to adjust the file size, click the gear at the top on the right.
Click the Convert button to convert your file to MP4.
Can I use HandBrake to convert M4V files to MP4?
Yes, you can, and it’s as easy as ABC 🤓
This is how you do it:
Launch HandBrake on your PC.
Click the open-source button to browse and add the M4V file you want to convert. This file will appear in the source section.
Click on the Summary tab.
Choose the output of your choice in the Format drop-down section.
Choose the destination folder for your now-converted MP4
To open an MP4 file on iOS or M4V files on Windows, we need to convert an MP4 file to an M4V file or vice versa. WALTR PRO is the most convenient and economical tool for converting file formats so far.
So, the next time you have trouble sharing videos/audios, WALT PRO will always be there to save the day. Try it yourself and leave a quick comment about this article!