Need to convert M4V to MP4 or vice versa?

November 7, 2019
8 min

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. DownloadDownload and open Movavi Video Converter
  2. Add media files to the app
  3. Select the output format
  4. Click Convert

How to Convert M4V to MP4

The M4V file format was developed by Apple from the MP4 format. M4V is used to store movies, TV series, and music videos in the iTunes Store. Note that M4V files from the iTunes Store may be copy protected. Unprotected M4V files will play on a Windows computer if you have QuickTime installed, but many mobile devices don’t fully support M4V.

The M4V format was developed by Apple, and is similar to MP4. M4V is used to store video content in the iTunes Store. It was designed for Apple products, so it’s not compatible with most non-Apple devices.

MP4 was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). This video container format is used to store video, audio, subtitles, and images. MP4 is supported by most mobile devices and online streaming services.

To avoid the compatibility problems, just convert your M4V files to a more device-friendly format.

Below you’ll find guides to converting M4V with Movavi Video Converter, using a free M4V converter, and with an online tool. You can learn about the differences between M4V and MP4 in the comparison table.

How to Convert M4V to MP4 and Other Formats in the Movavi Converter

With Movavi Video Converter, you can convert videos from M4V to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MP3, and many other popular video and audio formats. Plus, the program can rip unprotected DVDs, i.e., convert VOB DVD files to other video formats.

Don’t know how to convert an M4V video? Watch our video that explains how to change formats in Movavi Video Converter.

If you prefer to read instructions, download Movavi’s M4V Converter and follow this step-by-step guide.

Install Movavi Video Converter

After you’ve downloaded the installation file for Movavi Video Converter, run it and install the software following the on-screen instructions.

Add the M4V Videos You Want to Convert

To add files for conversion, click the Add Media button and then Add Video. The files you add will appear in the list of input files. Note that you can convert multiple files simultaneously using Movavi’s batch conversion function.

Specify the Output File Format

Open the Video tab and choose your desired output video format from the list. If you want to convert video for a particular mobile device, open the Devices tab and choose your specific device model. To detect the model automatically, just plug the device into your computer and click the Cell Phone icon.

Start Converting M4V to MP4

All converted files are saved by default to the Movavi Library folder. If you want to change the default folder, click the Save to button at the bottom of the program window and choose another folder or create a new one. Now click Convert. After the conversion is done, the folder containing the converted files will open automatically. Now you can transfer the videos to your mobile device or watch them on your PC or Mac whenever you want.

Now you know how to convert M4V to MP4 on your PC or Mac quickly and easily! With Movavi Video Converter you can also convert MP4 to M4V or other widely used formats.


Movavi Video Converter

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Differences between Desktop and Online Converters

Online Video Converter
  • Long-time wait
  • Limited file size
  • Popular formats supported
  • Low conversion speed
Movavi Video Converter
  • 0-second wait
  • No size limits
  • 180+ formats, presets for 200+ devices
  • High conversion speed
  • Online user support

How to Convert M4V to MP4 Online

Another alternative is to use an M4V-to-MP4 converter online. Try the Online Video Converter described below.

Visit the Converter Website

Follow the link below to go to the Online Video Converter website.

Go to the Online Video Converter website

Upload Your Video

Click Add Your Media and choose the file you want to convert. Note that the file size is limited, and you can only process one video at a time.

Convert Your M4V File

To convert your video to MP4, hit Convert and wait until the process is complete. Once the video is converted, it will be automatically downloaded to your computer. If the download doesn’t start, click Download to save the file on your computer.

How to Use a Free M4V-to-MP4 Converter

Another option is to use a free M4V converter. Try VLC player – it is a media player that can also be used to change the formats of media files. It can’t convert large files quickly, but it’s good enough for a freeware app.

Download VLC player for Windows
Download VLC player for Mac

Install and Run the Program

Download the installation file to your computer, launch it, and follow the instructions on the screen. Double-click the VLC player icon to run the program.

Add Your M4V File

Click Media > Convert / Save in the upper-left corner. In the new window, hit the Add button to upload the file, and click Convert / Save.

Set the Output Format

In the new dialogue window, open the Profile list to set MP4 as the output format.

Convert M4V to MP4

To choose the destination folder, click Browse next to the Destination field and choose the location for export. At this point, you can also change the file name. Hit Start and wait until the video is converted.

M4V vs. MP4 Comparison

What’s the difference between these two formats? Find out in this MP4 vs. M4V comparison!

Comparison parameterM4VMP4
File extension.m4v.mp4
Video coding formatsH.264MPEG-4, H.264, H.265, others
Audio coding formatsMP3, AAC, AC-3, othersMP3, AAC, AC-3, others
Supported devicesApple products onlyMost media players and devices
Copy protectionMay optionally be protected by DRM copy protectionNot copy protected
DeveloperApple Inc.Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG)

Frequently Asked Questions

You can transcode M4V to MP4 with desktop software for Mac like Movavi Video Converter. Alternatively, you can use the free VLC media player. Another option is to convert the video online. We suggest using Online Video Converter.

Go to the Online Video Converter website

You can play M4V files with iTunes or QuickTime. You can also use VLC Player – it supports several media formats, including M4V.

Windows Media Player can open M4V videos. If you can’t open an M4V file in Windows Media Player, the video is probably DRM-protected.

It depends on the codecs used in your M4V video. If the video is not DRM-protected and is compressed with the H.264 or H.265 codec, you should be able to upload it to YouTube. Otherwise, try converting M4V to MP4 with the H.264 codec recommended by YouTube.

Android can play M4V videos that aren’t DRM-protected. To play M4V videos on Android, you’ll need a special M4V player, otherwise, you’ll have to convert the M4V file to a format compatible with your device.