Files with m4v extension are just renamed MP4 movie used by Apple iTunes. MP4 is a standard container format for MPEG-4 stream format. M4V is common video format used in Apple devices like iPad or iPhone.

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M4V file extension - MPEG-4 video file format

What is m4v file? How to open m4v files?

File type specification:

Digital video and movie file type icon Digital video and movie file type

m4v file icon: m4v filetype icon

File extension m4v is used in Apple iTunes and other devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad) for a renamed MP4 video files.

MP4 is a container format. As any other container format like AVI (.avi), RealMedia (.rm, .rmvb), QuickTime (.mov), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg), Matroska (.mkv, .mka), OGM (.ogm) it allows you to combine different multimedia streams (mostly audio and video) into one single file.

MP4 is a file extension for the container format defined in the Systems Part of the MPEG-4 standard (ISO 14496-1).

MP4 supports all kinds of multimedia content (multiple audio streams, video streams, subtitle streams, pictures) and advanced content (called "Rich Media" or "BIFS") like 2D and 3D graphics, user interactivity, DVD-like menus. MP4 is a streamable format.

Updated: June 16, 2024

The default software associated to open m4v file:

VLC media player icon

VideoLAN Project Team logoVLC media player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
VideoLAN Project Team

Very popular multimedia player developed for Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, Unix and various other operating systems and platforms.

VLC can playback many of the video formats (AVI, MKV, OGV, WMV, ASF, MOV...) and audio formats (MP3, AAC, M4A, OGG, FLAC...) as well as support of subtitles for video. It can also be used as a streaming server and multimedia transcoder.

Apple iTunes for Windows icon

Apple, Inc. logoApple iTunes for Windows  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

A digital media application for playing and organizing digital music and video files. Also is used to manage Apple portable devices such as iPod, iPhone and iPad. iTunes has integrated iTunes Store service, where can users buy and download digital music, videos, applications for iOS devices, audiobooks, podcasts, ringtones etc. iTunes is distributed as a free software.

Apple iTunes for Mac icon

Apple, Inc. logoApple iTunes for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

Apple iTunes is multimedia application distributed with Apple macOS operating system. It organizes and plays digital music and videos. iTunes is also used to manage Apple's portable devices, such as iPod, iPhone and iPad.

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Help how to open:

The native application, that can open M4V video file is Apple iTunes. M4V files are used in Apple devices like iPod and IPhone. These files are playable in other media players such as Media Player classic and edited in programs like Adobe Premiere Pro.

How to convert:

M4V video files are originally MP4 files with file extension M4V. M4V file extension can be renamed on MP4 file extension and MP4 files are widely supported in many multimedia players.

You can use specialised applications, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, that can convert or export M4V file to another video format.

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List of software applications associated to the .m4v file extension

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and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open m4v file, edit m4v file, convert m4v file, view m4v file, play m4v file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

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Software that open m4v file - MPEG-4 video file format

Programs supporting the exension m4v on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open m4v file action.

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