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How to Play M3U8 Files and How to Convert M3U8 to MP4

Author by Rocabella

Update at Sept 29, 2018

We can often see that many people are asking “What are exactly M3U8 files? Why my computer failed to open M3U8 files?” Or “How can I convert M3U8 to MP4?” in forums and question-answering stations. So, this article will give you technical details of M3U8 files and tell you how to convert M3U8 to MP4 with common M3U8 converter. Firstly, let’s free download a M3U8 to MP4 Converter for easily downloading as well as converting M3U8 videos:

What are M3U8 Files? What is it Related to M3U?

The M3U8 file is an "Extensible Playlist" file format, which uses UTF-8-encoded characters. These files are used by various media applications and online radio stations for describing where media files are located. They are plain text files that do not contain any actual audio data. A file with the M3U8 file extension is the Unicode version of M3U file format.

M3U8 Player - How to Play M3U8 Playlist

M3U8 files are supported by a wide variety of media players, and you can also open the M3U8 file with a text editor since the contents of the M3U8 file are stored as text. These recommended M3U8 players may help you play M3U8 playlist on main operating system:

Windows: Nullsoft Winamp, Roxio Creator NXT Pro 6, Apple iTunes, RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud, Microsoft Windows Media Player, VideoLAN VLC media player

Mac: Apple iTunes, RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud, VideoLAN VLC media player, CocoModX, Songbird

Linux: XMMS, VideoLAN VLC media player

These M3U8 files can be opened in the normal way of playing media files, and double-click to play M3U8 files when these files are associated with these players.

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How to Convert M3U8 to MP4 with M3U8 Converter?

If you want to convert M3U8 to MP4, or any other media format, I have to remind that M3U8 files are just playlist files that they do not contain any actual audio & video data. This means that unlike MP4 or MP3 file, M3U8 file contains only text that cannot be actually played in any media player. They are just the path of media files.

If you are looking for a video converter that can directly convert M3U8 file to MP4 or MP3, I don’t think there is such M3U8 converter on the market. But after you got the actual M3U8 video URL, some media players can act as M3U8 file converter to convert M3U8 to MP4 or other formats.

Here we take VLC media player as an example to tell you how to convert M3U8 to MP4:

Use VLC as M3U8 File Converter Use VLC as M3U8 File Converter

Now follow the following steps in VLC media player.

Step 1: Open VLC media player and select “Open Network Stream” under Media table.

Step 2: Paste M3U8 video URL into the network URL box, and then select “Convert” in the lower right.

Convert M3U8 File to MP4Convert M3U8 File to MP4

Step 3: A new window will pop up after clicking Convert. Select MP4 as output video format and then set the output folder path.

Tips: VLC allows you to edit selected profile by clicking “edit selected profile” icon including container format, video codec, audio codec and subtitles.

Step 4: After all settings are done, you can click “Start” to convert M3U8 file to MP4. The output MP4 video will be found in the destination file.

A video tutorial is provided to help users convert M3U8 to MP4 better. Moreover, to help users export M3U8 files, we recommend using the M3U and M3U8 Export Tool. It is a Windows program that takes a Winamp playlist, finds the music files, and copies them to a single location such as a folder, USB stick, portable device, or network location.

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