M4V vs. MP4: What Is the Difference between M4V and MP4?
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MP4 vs. M4V: an in-depth overview
What is an M4V file?
What is an MP4 file?
MP4 or M4V: how to choose between the formats
Why pick M4V
Why pick MP4
How to convert M4V to MP4 or MP4 to M4V
Frequently asked questions
Which is better: M4V or MP4?
Strictly talking about file quality, there is very little difference between MP4 and M4V. When you compare M4V vs. MP4 in detail, you’ll find that the M4V format often has more data stored for subtitles, and features DRM protection to prevent privacy. MP4 is more widely accessible for all devices including Android.
Are MP4 and M4V the same?
An MP4 file and M4V file are not exactly the same. M4Vs can include soft subs, and they also include DRM protection to prevent piracy and make it harder to share the files between users and devices.
How to play M4V files?
There are limits to the software and devices that can play these files. A specific M4V player might be required. Software that lets you view M4V files includes Movavi, Media Player Classic, K-Multimedia Player, RealPlayer, Zoom Player, VLC media player, plus Nero Showtime. The files can usually be natively played on Windows software, but not on Android devices. This is why so many people need to convert the files.
I can't import an M4V video file into iTunes. What should I do?
If your file isn’t loading in iTunes, check to see if an error message prompts you to do anything like updating your software. If not, you might need to change the iTunes M4V into another compatible file, which can be done by conversion. All you need to do is turn the file into a different file type that is supported on iTunes. Luckily, the MP4 file extension is easy to load within iTunes and other Apple software.
Can the VLC Media Player convert M4V to MP4?
Yes, it can. To convert M4V to MP4 using VLC Media Player, open the software and go to the Media menu. You will find a Convert/Save option. You can then choose the file you want to convert, and the destination folder. Next, choose whether to add subtitle files and click on Convert/Save. This will then start the process of turning the media into an MP4 file for editing or loading your video files elsewhere.
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