Updated on Jan 14, 2021
We can often see that many people are asking “What exactly are 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 a common M3U8 converter. Firstly, let’s free download an M3U8 to MP4 Converter for easily downloading as well as converting M3U8 videos:
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 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.
If you want to convert M3U8 to MP4, or any other media format, I have to remind you that M3U8 files are just playlist files and that they do not contain any actual audio & video data. This means that unlike MP4 or MP3 files, 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, let alone the so-called M3U8 converter online tool. 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:
Now follow the following steps in VLC media player.
Step 1: In order to convert .m3u8 to .mp4. Firstly, open VLC media player and select “Open Network Stream” under the Media tab.
Step 2: Paste M3U8 video URL into the network URL box, and then select “Convert” in the lower right.
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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