HandBrake to convert .m4v to .mp4

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by laforge27, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. laforge27 macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012
    I have some .m4v files saved on my desktop that I want to be able to watch on my Droid phone. I downloaded HandBrake with the intention of converting the .m4v into .mp4 format which my Droid phone can play. When pointing HandBrake to the source file to convert on my computer (the saved .m4v), HandBrake comes back with "No Valid Source Found". I was under the impression HandBrake could convert .m4v into .mp4. Was I mistaken?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Normally it does suffice to rename "file.m4v" to "file.mp4", as the .m4v container is for iTunes usage, but using the same codec (H.264) as an .mp4 file.
    If that does not work:
    In order to find out, what may be wrong with your video, you can use the following three applications to analyse a sample video file.
    When done, you can use the "Report" (VideoSpec) and "Export" (Media Inspector) button to export a report, attachable to your next post via the [​IMG] button.
    In MediaInfo you have to go to the Menu Bar, select View > Text and copy the text via CMD+A > CMD+C and paste it via CMD+V into your next post.
  3. laforge27 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012
    I changed the file extension to .mp4 and tried uploading to and playing on my Droid phone again, but it still didn't work. I downloaded VideoSpec and have attached the file report.

    Attached Files:

  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    From the report:
    There's your problem -- DRM.
  5. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    Yeah, it must be DRM because m4v = mp4... just a superficial extension to distinguish mp4 files that have video as opposed to audio (m4a). They are all mp4
  6. laforge27 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012
    Excuse my unfamiliarity with DRM, but is there any remedy besides buying an iPhone?
  7. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Not that can be discussed on MacRumors. Google is your option now.
  8. laforge27 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012

    Thank you all for your help! I really appreciate it. I think I'll invest in an old, used iPod Touch to put the files on. It's for my 4 year old to watch Backyardigans and Oswald on when in the car. It's just been more difficult for him in the past with the small screen on my classic iPod which has no speaker so he has to wear headphones. Thanks again!

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