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How to Encode Video to M3U8 for Streaming to iPad/iPhone


The m3u8 file extension is used for playlists that are stored in the M3U UTF-8 (Unicode) text playlist format. M3U and M3U8 playlists can be opened in a variety of media players, such as Winamp, KMPlayer, iTunes, VLC media player etc. Playlist doesn't contain any multimedia content, it is only list of media files selected from a hard disk or other media. You can drag the video to any point you want to enjoy smoothly and immediately. If you are looking for a solution to convert MP4, WMV, H.265, AVI, MKV, MPG, VOB, etc files to live iOS streaming .m3u8, just follow this simple guide. In this page, we will teach you how to convert video to M3U8 for streaming to iPad/iPhone easily and quickly.

In order to encode videos to M3U8 for easier streaming and playing, a professional M3U8 Video Encoder is the key. Taking the support for M3U8 encoding as well as program stability, converting speed, output quality, user customization, and user friendly level into consideration, here we strongly recommend Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is a top-ranked M3U8 video encoder for Mac OS X(El Capitan, Yosemite included). It enables users to convert any video format MOV, MKV, FLV, M4V, WMV, MPG, 3GP to M3U8 with original quality kept. What's more, it has built-in optimized profiles for popular devices iPad, iPhone, Galaxy tablets/phones, Surface tablets and more. Thanks to the built-in video editor, you can personalize and retouch your videos in clicks. Just download the program and follow the step-by-step guide below to convert videos to M3U8 smoothly.

P.S. If you are running on Windows PC, you can turn to equivalent Windows version Video Converter to aid you to convert different videos to M3U8 on Windows.

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Guide: How to Encode Videos to M3U8 Format Easily

STEP 1. Load video files to the software

Launch the M3U8 video converter program. Click the Add button to the top menu bar to import source video files .wmv, .mp4, .mov, .avi, .mkv, .mpg, .flv... to the program for conversion. It supports batch conversion.


STEP 2. Choose m3u8 as target 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.


STEP 3. Adjust video/audio parameters

Click Settings icon, you can customize the output video and audio settings. The default video codec is H.264, default audio codec is AAC. You can change the video resolution, bitrate, frame rate as you want. Of course, you can keep the default parameters, which ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically.

STEP 4. Start to convert videos to m3u8 with a simple click

When all settings are done, now the only thing you need to do is click the Convert button to begin encoding videos to m3u8 immediately. The conversion will finish in a few minutes. After the conversion is complete, you can stream the converted videos files to your iPhone/iPad with a HTTP Server. Enjoy.

Additional Tips:

If you also want to rip DVD/Blu-ray to M3U8 for streaming to iPad, please turn to Brorsoft's all-in-one app - iMedia Converter for Mac or Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate.

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