M4V files are a video container file format developed by Apple, that is very similar to MP4 files, and are the video equivalent to Apple’s version of MP3 files - which are named M4A. The main difference is that M4V files can have DRM copy protection enabled on the file, to restrict unlicensed reproduction of the video file.
MP4 is an international standard and probably the most popular video and audio file container at present, with native support in Windows, Macs, iOS, and Android devices. Although the format is lossy, this enables small file sizes, whilst retaining a good level of video quality.
M4V files and MP4 files are functionally very similar, but MP4 files are much more widely supported, so you might want to convert M4V to MP4 for sharing or streaming over the internet. M4V files can sometimes be converted to MP4 files by simply renaming the file extension to MP4.
NOTE: It's important to distinguish between file container formats and compression formats, or codecs. For example, MP4 is a container, and can hold different types of video compression, for example, MPEG-2 Part 2, MPEG-4 AVC, or HEVC, as well as audio (again compressed in a variety of formats) and metadata (for example subtitles). Some codecs can be wrapped in multiple different containers. Containers are sometimes referred to as file extensions, e.g. MOV, MP4, or AVI, but it's important to remember that there can be different types of video within these file formats.
VideoStudio is more than M4V to MP4 converter. We built VideoStudio to convert multiple file-formats including the formats below.
Format support for VideoStudio Trial depends on your OS system configuration. Fewer formats are supported in the VideoStudio Trial and is not representative of the formats supported in VideoStudio Pro or VideoStudio Ultimate upon full purchase.
Requires the full version of VideoStudio - not supported in VideoStudio trial.
* This format requires supporting graphic card and MS HEVC extension installed
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