Handbrake & MP4 files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by i.shaun, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. i.shaun macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2008
    Alright, call me crazy, but I could have sworn Handbrake made .mp4 files.

    It says "MP4" in the settings, however, the output file is ".m4v".

    I tried different presets, I tried my own, and everything outputs ".m4v"

    I resorted to making .Avi, but I figured I should stop and ask you people to see if there is a way to make .mp4.

    Reasons for choosing mp4 over AVI:
    -mp4 plays well with Quicktime
    -I don't notice a difference in size or quality
    -it also works on the Ps3

    AVI Files:
    -are of decent quality and size
    -work on the Ps3
    -are difficult to edit in Quicktime, when I need/want to.

    So, any thoughts? did I do something that makes it choose .m4v over Mp4?
  2. Latro macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2008
    I'm not sure why you need it in MP4 exactly, but m4v should work just fine:

    "the .m4v file extension to know how to deal with the AC3 in the mp4 container."

    From what I understand.. .m4v is .mp4 but specific to handling DD5.1 and used mostly in iTunes.
  3. i.shaun thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2008
    .m4v does not function on a PS3, which is currently my media center.

    I have found a setting in preferences that says "use .m4v extention for mp4 files" and it was somehow checked. I unchecked it, and now it outputs Mp4 files like normal.

    I had some trouble getting a working mp4 file on the Ps3 the way I wanted, however AVI works fine. If I ever need to edit an AVI, I can do it, it is just more difficult.
  4. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Usually m4v and mp4 are the same. Just different audio I believe.

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