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help converting m4v to mkv
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Hey guys, I've got some files that are in m4v, which I found out is an Apple format.  I have 0 Apple products, and would like to convert them to something I can play, ideally mkv.  None of my players or converters are recognizing the files, including vlc, handbrake, makemkv, uniconverter... I think it must have drm on it, but it's a fanedit so it shouldn't have.  Anyone have any tips?
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#2
Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure m4v is just a container, typically containing h.264 video and aac audio. You could just rename it from m4v to mp4 or mkv if you want.
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#3
Surprised that VLC can't see it -- VLC can usually play everything. That kind of tells me that something is messed up about the file.

If it's just a regular .m4v you should be able to rename it with a .mp4 extension and it will work fine.

But I still kinda think something is borked.
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#4
Try mkvtoolnix.
You're an adult. Just cope.
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(11-01-2019, 11:15 AM)asterixsmeagol Wrote: Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure m4v is just a container, typically containing h.264 video and aac audio. You could just rename it from m4v to mp4 or mkv if you want.

Yeah, I was reading online that simply renaming might work.  However, I tried it on all the files.  Still can't be read.
 
(11-02-2019, 10:55 AM)flaminio Wrote: Surprised that VLC can't see it -- VLC can usually play everything. That kind of tells me that something is messed up about the file.

If it's just a regular .m4v you should be able to rename it with a .mp4 extension and it will work fine.

But I still kinda think something is borked.

From what I read online, VLC usually won't read m4v.  Although I do have one m4v file that it reads, but the others it just scans and scans.  From what I was reading up, I think it must be that they were encoded with drm protection, and the other one wasn't.
 
(11-02-2019, 10:56 AM)reave Wrote: Try mkvtoolnix.

Thanks, reave.  Will give it a look and report back.
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(11-03-2019, 12:48 AM)mnkykungfu Wrote:  
(11-02-2019, 10:56 AM)reave Wrote: Try mkvtoolnix.

Thanks, reave.  Will give it a look and report back.

Should be super easy using mkvtoolnixGUI.
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