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Josh Brown Feb 24, 2023

How to Convert M4v to MP4 on Windows & Mac

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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 with different formats. 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 the internet. It’s really useful. However, it is not compatible with Windows.

In the article, we will tell you how to convert M4V to MP4 for free, both on Mac and Windows.

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How to Convert M4V to MP4 with WALTR PRO

WALTR PRO is a converter and transfer app developed by Softorino for both Mac and Windows. It comes with a range of really cool features that make data management as simple as possible.

WALTR PRO converts Apple M4V video files into MP4 (or any other format). So you can play them on virtually any media player and any iOS device or computer.


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.

Step 1: Download WALTR PRO & Iinstall it on Your Mac/PC

Convert M4V to MP4 using WALTR PRO

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Step 2: Drag & Drop Your File into WALTR

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Now drag your desired file and drop it into the "Drop to Convert to Local Folder" section. Doing so would send the files to your Mac/Windows computer. You can also transfer videos to any iOS device by connecting your device to your computer using its cable.

Step 3: Play the file and enjoy!

Wait until you hear a notification sound and see a green "DONE" icon. And ta-da! You now have a brand-new MP4 file on your computer. 

Click on "Show in Finder" to find your file. Click on the file and it'll open in the default TV app.

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Just click on the file and it'll open in the default TV app.

Well, that was easy, right? 😏

What Is an M4V File?

An M4V file is similar to an MP4 file. It is the format Apple uses to encode the videos you download from Apple TV. 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.


  • A media format developed by Apple for distributing videos through Apple TV.
  • Can optionally contain Apple’s DRM (digital rights management) copyright protection tool.


  • M4V files have higher definition and occupy less storage than MP4.


  • Limited 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 (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 is the same as the original.


  • Most consumers prefer MP4 to other digital file formats.
  • Works with 264 codec.
  • Plays on all media players.


  • Difficult to edit and maintain.
  • Piracy issues, made worse by the increased proliferation of MP4.

Encoding Method

  • 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

Below, you'll find a quick comparison to 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.

How Do I Play M4V Files?

Apart from the Apple TV app, 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/Apple TV App?

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Apple discontinued iTunes for Mac and replaced it with Apple Music for songs and the TV app for videos. Now that iTunes is not available for Mac users, it is not possible to convert M4V to MP4 using iTunes on Mac. 

Even the Apple TV app does not have any option to convert M4V to MP4 on Mac.

Can I use HandBrake to convert M4V files to MP4?

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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

In conclusion

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!

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