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5 Effective Ways to Convert M3U8 to MP4 (VLC and Alternatives)

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Summary: In this post, you will find the top four M3U8 to MP4 converters to convert M3U8 files to MP4. M3U8 is a playlist containing information to source the media streams. To analyze and save m3u8 into standalone videos on your local drive at full quality, the easiest method is to use VideoProc Converter.

What is an M3U8 file

In essence, an M3U8 file is a playlist encoded in the UTF-8 codec which was developed initially for Apple devices but has gained worldwide acceptance in modern times. The best thing about the M3U8 file is that it is extremely flexible and stores a series of .ts video segments, so that a large video can be retrieved without costing much computation or transferred at various data speeds according to the network connections.

What is an M3U8 file

M3U8 files are often seen in apps' downloads (e.g. video downloaded in UC browser) and streaming videos and lives. However, they are not playback-friendly. On occasion, you might be troubled with an M3U8 cannot load error because M3U8 files are not general videos. They are comprised of media list and location and are stored in plain text format.

If you failed to open M3U8 files in a player, you can download or convert M3U8 to MP4, which is one of the best video formats compatible with all applications. Here we'll show you how to convert M3U8 to MP4 in four M3U8 converters, let's get started.

Method 1. Convert M3U8 to MP4 with VideoProc Converter

If you want an M3U8 to MP4 converter to convert M3U8 to MP4 file, VideoProc Converter is perfect for you.

Let's say you have an entire M3U8 file, you will find that it contains multiple TS video clips, each lasting a few seconds. To watch a continuous video without interruptions, you should combine all the TS video clip into a MP4 file.

VideoProc Converter's powerful built-in video file converter enables you to convert M3U8 to MP4 very fast and it won't need much knowledge of video format, codecs, or transcoding stuff. Let's download it and take a look at how to convert M3U8 to MP4 with VidoeProc.

VideoProc Converter - The Best M3U8 to MP4 Converter

  • Open, merge, and convert great amounts of TS clips to one video without hassle.
  • 1:1 conversion to retain the video quality of original M3U8 files.
  • Convert M3U8 files to MP4 and more than 370+ video/audio formats on Mac/Windows.
  • Download M3U8 live videos and broadcasting videos from 1000+ online video platforms.
  • Cut, merge, crop, rotate, filter, add subtitles to videos, make GIFs, etc.

Step 1. Launch VideoProc Converter and load the M3U8 to it.

Launch this program, click "Video" and "+Video Folder" to add your M3U8 folder which consists of several .ts files.

Load M3U8 file to VideoProc Converter

Step 2. Choose MP4 as the target format.

Now, click "Video" at the bottom and select "MP4". Alternatively, you can open "Target Format" to find more MP4 profiles.

Convert M3U8 files to MP4 - VideoProc

Step 3. Export the MP4 video from VideoProc Converter.

Choose an output folder for your converted video. Tick the box before "Merge" to merge these TS clips in your M3U8 folder into one MP4 video. Ultimately, hit the "RUN" button to export an MP4 file.

Method 2. Download M3U8 to MP4 with VideoProc Converter

The download feature of VideoProc Converter can download M3U8 to MP4 from any website in a click. Be it a M3U8 streamed video or a M3U8 broadcasting video, VideoProc Converter always can read and download the video sources for you. One other important tidbit to know is that VideoProc Converter downloads M3U8 to MP4 directly. That said, you don't have to do conversions because VideoProc Converter saves M3U8 files as MP4 automatically.

Free download and install VideoProc Converter and follow the steps below to download M3U8 videos easily.

Step 1. Open the M3U8 downloader in VideoProc Converter.

Launch VideoProc Converter on your Windows or Mac and navigate to the "Video Downloader" at the home page.

M3U8 Downloader - VideoProc

Step 2. Get the URL of M3U8 video.

Open the live video through a browser like Google Chrome or Firefox. Right-click on the live video (or hit F12 key on the keyboard), and go to Inspect >Network. Find your M3U8 file, and copy the link with a suffix of ".m3u8".

Copy M3U8 link

Step 3. Paste the link to the M3U8 downloader in VideoProc Converter.

Click "Add Video" at the top ribbon and paste the M3U8 URL from the clipboard. You can also set the location to store downloaded videos on the right side.

Choose a M3U8 Video Quality in VideoProc

Step 4. Start Downloading M3U8 to MP4.

Choose an output folder under the preview window. Hit the "Start Recording" button and you will see a progress bar looping and the duration changing. That means the download works and is in progress. When the television program is done, click the stop recording button.

Start Downloading M3U8 VideoProc in VideoProc

Method 3. Convert M3U8 File to MP4 with VLC

VLC is a popular media player that can also help users in converting videos to accessible formats. A unique thing about VLC is that it is compatible with webcams, discs, files, streams, and devices without any user tracking or pesky advertisement interruptions. Whether you are working on a Mac or Android device, you can use this tool for converting your M3U8 file to MP4 by simply following the steps laid down below.

Step 1. Download and install VLC media player.

You will first have to install VLC media player in your device according to its specific OS and launch the same.

Step 2. Enable the Convert/Save option.

Navigate to the Media tab and click on the "Convert/Save" option. This will launch the Open Media window.

Open video converter in VLC

Step 3. Add the M3U8 file to convert.

Click "+Add" button for loading the source M3U8 files to proceed.

Add M3U8 to VLC

Step 4. Set the output profile to MP4.

Set the Profile to MP4 with H.264 codec. And browse a destination file to put the converted video along with specifying the desired video profile as well as file name.

Convert M3U8 to MP44 - VLC

Step 5. Start the conversion and check the output video.

Ultimately, you will have to click on the "Start" button to activate the conversion.

Method 4. Convert M3U8 to MP4 Online

As for online M3U8 to MP4 converters, anyconv.com and video.online-convert.com gain massive popularity among users. Both of them are simple converters with a simple workflow:

Step 1. Upload the M3U8 file to the online converter.

Step 2. Choose MP4 and start converting.

Step 3. Download the converted MP4 file to your computer.

Convert M3U8 to MP4 Online

Compared to AnyConv, Video Online Converter has more customizable options such as resolution, file size, bitrate, etc. And you can import M3U8 by uploading from local storage and pasting a URL. In a nutshell, AnyConv for simple conversion of local M3U8 files, while Video Online Converter for advanced conversion of both online and local M3U8.

Method 5. Convert M3U8 to MP4 with FFmpeg

FFmpeg is an open-source multimedia framework compatible with Windows, Linux, macOS, and iOS and Android in mobile devices. It empowers you to download record, stream, edit and convert video/audio files in an efficient way. With an advanced codec library libavcodec, FFmpeg is capable of converting M3U8 files without quality loss.

However, it has no straightforward interface like other common media converter. So be prepared like a tech-savvy to use command lines to convert M3U8 files.

Step 1. Download and install FFmpeg on your PC.

Go to www.ffmpeg.org to download a program package in terms of the operating system. Then create a folder for this program as well as its unpacked files. Finally set the Environmental Variables to C:\FFmpeg\bin.

Install FFmpeg on PC

Step 2. Copy the link of the M3U8 file.

Get the M3U8 link in Inspect > Network on your browser. Then type the command line "ffmpeg -i http://.../playlist.m3u8 -c copy -bsf:a aac_adtstoasc output.mp4 " on a Text Document, and replace http://.../playlist.m3u8 by the link you just copy online.

Step 3. Open Command Prompt.

Search "Command Prompt" in the box of Search Windows and open it. Paste the command line to it, then press Enter.

Convert M3U8 FFmpeg

Step 4. Change the M3U8 file to MP4.

Once the process completes, you can find the MP4 video according to the path before the command line, C:\ffmpeg\>bin, for example.

FAQ about M3U8 Files

1. How Do I Watch M3U8 Videos on My Computer?

You can use online m3u8 players, Chrome extensions, or desktop programs like 5KPlayer, VLC media player to play M3U8 streams directly. After getting the URL of an m3u8 video, paste it to the player, and then you can watch it on your computer.

2. How to Convert M3U8 to MP4 on Android/iPhone/iPad?

Honestly, there is no app that can convert M3U8 to MP4 on iPhone/iPad in the market, but you can install an M3U8 playback app, for instance, M3U8 Stream Player, on your iPhone/iPad, then record the screen while playing it.

On Android, M3U8 to MP4 apps can be downloaded on GooglePlay. Here we take Lj Video Downloader as an example.

1. Paste the link of an online M3U8 video.

2. Select the desired resolution. It auto-converts videos to MP4 format so you don't need to set the output format.

3. Start to download and wait for a while. All videos will be saved in \storage\emulated\0\Download\ on your Android phone.

Convert M3U8 to MP4 Android

Note:It is NOT a workable tool to convert local M3U8 files on your phone. In such a case, desktop converters are versatile assistances for your video playback and conversion.

Wrap-up

M3U8 files conversion involves mainly 2 situations: converting local M3U8 files to MP4 and saving M3U8 stream to local .mp4 videos by downloading. VlC, FFmpeg, online converters, and mobile apps tend to complete either of them. But you can tell from the tutorial above that VideoProc Converter performs both M3U8 conversion and download successfully. To prevent tripping up on these issues, try VideoProc Converter and solve all your video processing tasks in one-stop.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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