Advantages of M3U8 file:
– It can be dragged to any point correctly if you want to enjoy on your M3U8 players immediately fast because of no extra data.
– It can be directly played with Apple’s built-in media player like QuickTime Player.
– The player will ensure smooth M3U8 playback without interruption of network speed and resolution when playback
For Mac users who wish to enjoy any video on QuickTime player without waiting for the buffering time, it would be a good option for you to convert video to M3U8 format.
Best tool to convert video to M3U8 format for QuickTime player on Mac
Convert video to M3U8 with FFmpeg on Mac
If you are looking for a free software to encode M3U8, you can download FFmpeg. There is a method to run FFmpeg on Mac, you can compile FFmpeg with the open source files but it’s very difficult for users to use on Mac and not so user-friendly. Although “FFmpeg” probably exists in your distro’s repositories, it might be out of date or it might not have support for some videos compiled in. Download either the 32-bit or 64-bit .tar.xz file. If you are unsure which one to download, then use the 32-bit one. In the directory where you downloaded the file, run the following command to unpack the archive file. Although it is realizable to convert video to M3U8 with FFmpeg, the whole process is a bit difficult for our green hands.
Simple solution to encode M3U8 for any video
If you are looking for a simple way to convert any video to M3U8 format on Mac, we highly recommend Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac as the best FFmpeg alternative to produce M3U8 format. The program has full importing support for digital video with the resolution of 4K/2K/HD/SD in virtually any file formats, besides that, this application also assists you to export M3U8 from commercial Blu-ray/DVD disc. Thanks for its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple digital video into the application for conversion at one time.
Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac has perfect compatibility with the new macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks, etc. It supports to produce high quality conversion results with better video/audio quality.
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Step by Step to Convert Video to M3U8 for QuickTime Player on Mac
Step 1: Load digital video or Blu-ray/DVD disc.
Start the application on your computer. For loading digital video, click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” (batch load multiple files) option. For loading Blu-ray or DVD disc, Insert your Blu-ray or DVD disc into your computer’s optical drive, hit “File” > “Load from disc” option.
Step 2: Select HTTP Live Streaming m3u8 format.
Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “HLS Streaming (m3u8)”. Choose “ipad m3u8 streaming” or “iphone m3u8 streaming” as best output format. Any media player supporting TS format are all available for playing M3U8 format files.
Tips: The output files should be named without space and file path should be in plain English or pure digital such as “abcde” or “abcd1234”, or you couldn’t play them successfully. After conversion, you can set up a server to enjoy M3U8!
Step 3: Start M3U8 encoding process.
When everything is done, just hit the”Convert” in the right-bottom to finish the conversion work from video/Blu-ray/DVD to M3U8 encoding process.
When the conversion is over, you can play the converted files on your Mac computer with QuickTime player smoothly without any interruption.