What is M4V

About M4V Format

M4V is a file container format used by Apple’s iTunes application. The M4V file format is a video file format developed by Apple and is very close to MP4 format. The differences are the optional Apple’s DRM copyright protection, and the treatment of AC3 (Dolby Digital) audio which is not standardized for the MP4 container. In addition, M4V files are opened with iTunes player by default. MP4 files are opened with QuickTime player by default.

M4V files are employed by Apple to encode TV episodes, movies, and music videos in the iTunes Store. The copyright of M4V files may be protected by using Apple’s FairPlay DRM copyright protection. To play a protected M4V file, the computer needs to be authorized (using iTunes) with the account that was used to purchase the video. However, unprotected M4V files without AC3 audio may be recognized and played by other video players by changing the file extension from “.m4v” to “.mp4”. There has been software in the market that enables you to remove DRM protection from M4V video for extensive uses.

Besides Apple iTunes and Apple QuickTime Player, M4V files can also be opened and played with the version of Windows Media Player included with Windows 7, Media Player Classic, RealNetworks RealPlayer, VideoLAN VLC media player and Nero Showtime. The format, with DRM removed, can also be played in the webOS Video Player for use on the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi smartphones.

Related Software

Leawo Video Converter (M4V Converter): an easy video and audio solution for any format conversions, with fast speed and excellent output guaranteed. Equipped with 3D conversion function, you can get 3D M4V video as output. This M4V Video Converter not only converts common videos to M4V video, but also converts M4V video to other video formats. In addition, it allows you to remove DRM protection from M4V so that you can make the best of M4V video.

Leawo DVD Ripper (DVD to M4V Ripper): a useful DVD ripping program for users to rip DVD to video in various formats. So with it you can enjoy great convenience to convert DVD to M4V for appreciation. This DVD to M4V Ripper enables you to convert DVD to M4V with fast speed and excellent video quality. 3D M4V video as output is also supportable. Furthermore, with DRM removal ability, you are enabled to obtain M4V file without DRM protection.

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M4A, AAC, MP3, AVI, WMV, MOV, MP4, iTunes, iPad, iPod, iPhone, iMovie, DRM

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