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[Review] Top 5 M4V Players for Playing M4V Smoothly on Windows

Author by Cooper

Updated on July 13, 2022

M4V videos are divided into two types, the DRM-ed and DRM-free ones. Regardless of protected M4V file, are you looking for a good M4V player to play unencrypted M4V video on Windows? Read on, this article provides 5 recommended players for Windows, and let's take a look.

First of all, what we should know is that M4V is one digital video format introduced by Apple Inc., for saving videos downloaded from Apple iTunes store, including TV episodes, music videos and so forth. Secondly, M4V is similar to MP4, which is widely available on various devices. Both of them use the alike video and audio codecs. The primary difference is that M4V files may optionally be protected by Apple's FairPlay DRM copyright protection, which makes the file hard to play on other Windows media players. Definitely, we don’t advocate removing DRM copyright protection from M4V files. In the following content, I will mainly introduce five media players to help play DRM-free M4V on Windows. Now, let us check them out.

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Top 5 M4V Players On Windows 7 and Later Versions

Top 1. iTunes for Windows

iTunes for WindowsiTunes for Windows

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When first trying to open M4V videos on Windows, you may not think of the original Mac official player, such as iTunes. But actually, the media player is also available on Windows operating systems and does a good work on playing M4V videos. As the official recommended M4V video file player, it can play all the M4V videos with ease. Moreover, you can also play the DRM-ed M4V video files that you have paid for on Windows by signing in your Apple account in iTunes and authorizing iTunes movie. If you want to view your paid M4V videos on Windows, iTunes must be the best choice.

Top 2. VLC Media Player

VLC Media PlayerVLC Media Player

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As a completely free and open source media player, VLC is widely known on almost all operating systems. You hardly need to worry about the system compatibility. Besides, VLC media player can satisfy most of your video and audio playback needs. It allows you to play DVDs, CDs and decode the vast majority of video/audio files without extra codec pack installations. By the way, VLC Media Player can also be used as a video trimmer and screen capturer. To play M4V on Windows, you can directly drag and drop video therein or click Media on the top-left corner, and then click Open file to choose M4V videos from the Windows explorer.

Top 3. RealPlayer


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RealPlayer is another recommended M4V file player. By taking advantage of the media player, you can watch and manage your videos, music and photos with ease. Thanks to the account service, you can use RealPlayer to sync videos and media files on several devices. As soon as you sign in, the download part will be released, which allows you to download web videos from YouTube and other similar video sharing sites. Moreover, it further provides you with streaming videos to TV using Xbox one, Roku, or Chromecast. Another feature of the upgraded version of the software is burning videos into DVD. For M4V playback here, click the Realplayer button on the top-left corner, in the drop-down list, click File. Then, press Open or Add Files to Library…The former means directly open the M4V video and the latter means watch later manually. You can also press Ctrl + O to open M4V file from the Windows explorer or website via a URL.

Top 4. QuickTime Player

QuickTime PlayerQuickTime Player

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Like iTunes, QuickTime Player is another recommended M4V media player. Even though the Apple official stops upgrading the version on Windows, the old versions can still work. Besides playing M4V videos, QuickTime Player further allows you to edit a movie, such as rotating videos, split a movie into multiple clips. It can further assist you to enhance the volume during the playback in an A/V control window. Not only the volume level, you can also modify Bass, Treble, Balance, Pitch Shift for audio and Brightness, Color, Contrast and Tint for video. This media player will offer you a better experience to play M4V on Windows.

Top 5. Media Player Classic Home Cinema


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Maybe you have not heard about this player, but if you only read the first letters of these five words. Right, this is MPC-HC, the last M4V player introduced here. MPC-HC is an extremely light-weight, open-source media player for Windows. It supports all common video and audio file formats decoding, of cause including M4V. Additionally, this application further allows you to watch movies on any SSE2 CPU, even on your old computer back from 2000. It is also worth a mention that you can even use the software as a DVB player.

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Now, with the help of the above M4V players, I am sure you can play unencrypted M4V videos smoothly on Windows now.

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