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Convert M4V to M4A Online for Free
Click Add Your Media and upload your M4V file.
Make sure that the output format is set to M4A.
Step 1. Download and install the Movavi converter
How to use a file converter? First, download the version of the software for Microsoft Windows or Macintosh, launch it, and proceed following the on-screen instructions. When the app is installed to your computer, it will run automatically.
Step 2. Add your M4V files
Locate the M4V files you want to convert and drag-and-drop them into the program’s window. The application can convert big batches of files – there’s no limit to how many files you can transfer at once.
Step 3. Select M4A as the output format
In the Formats menu, select the file type you want to turn your media into and choose the target format for the files. Also, you can change the conversion settings: choose a different bitrate, resolution (including HD, Ultra HD, and even 4K), codec, etc. Pay attention to the SuperSpeed label: it indicates that the conversion will be performed with a very high speed and without losing quality.
Step 4. Convert M4V to M4A
To specify the output folder, click the Save to button. Hit the Convert button to launch the process. When the converting is done, the new media files will be saved to the chosen folder.
Now you know how to change the file format using the Movavi converter. WIth this tool, you can also reduce the file size, cut out clips from videos, crop pictures, and create animations from your favorite movies. Get the free trial version and test it out!
What is M4V?
Apple created the M4V file type 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. Some apps allow playback of unprotected M4V files, though. If you have a Windows PC, you can use QuickTime, but many mobile devices don’t fully support M4V. To learn how to avoid compatibility problems, just look through this table.
Based on the MP4 multimedia container format, Apple placed a level of protection on M4V files to prevent unauthorized reproduction. Aside from Apple’s FairPlay DRM copyright protection, files in the M4V format use the H.264 codec, which allows devices to store chapter information. As for sound, M4V uses AC-3 and AAC audio codecs. You won’t be able to play copy-protected files with M4V specifications without authorization, but you may also come across unprotected M4V content. You can open these files using third-party programs by changing the file extension from .m4v to .mp4.
Apple QuickTime Player, Apple iTunes, VLC, and others
What is M4A?
MPEG-4 Audio Layer
The International Organization for Standardization
M4A is described in the MPEG-4 Part 14 standard created by the International Organization for Standardization. While MP4 files can contain audio and video, M4A is designed for audio only. This file type can be used to store music, podcasts, or audiobooks. Apple devices and programs support M4A natively, and it is the most common format in iTunes. On Windows, you might need to install an additional codec pack to open and play an M4A file.
In the M4A format specification, you might see one of two codecs: AAC or ALAC. ALAC provides lossless compression, so these files might be relatively large compared to those compressed with AAC, which offers lossy compression. If you’re wondering how to choose between these codecs when converting files to M4A, think about the audio playback. Lossless compression means better quality.
Windows Media Player 12 (older versions will require additional codecs), iTunes, QuickTime, and VLC