There is only one file type that uses the .M2V extension:
An M2V file is a video file encoded using MPEG-2 compression. It contains only video data and does not contain any audio or subtitles. M2V files are commonly used by DVD-authoring applications, which pair M2V files with audio files (such as .M2A and .WAV files) to create movies.
You can open and play an M2V file in most common media players, including:
- VLC media player (cross-platform)
- Windows Media Player (Windows)
- Media Player Classic (Windows)
- Apple QuickTime Player (Mac)
Note that some media players, such as Media Player Classic, can play a corresponding audio file alongside an M2V file. For this feature to work, the audio file must use the same filename as the M2V file and reside in the same folder. For example, if an audio file named FileInfoExample.wav is located in the same folder as FileInfoExample.m2v, and you play FileInfoExample.m2v in Media Player Classic, Media Player Classic will also play FileInfoExample.wav.
If you want to use an M2V file and a corresponding audio file to create a DVD, you can do so in DVD-authoring programs such as DVD Flick (Windows) and CyberLink Power Director (Windows, Mac, Android).
|Apple QuickTime Player||Freeware|
|File Viewer Plus||Free Trial|
|Media Player Classic||Open Source|
|Microsoft Windows Media Player||Bundled|
|RealNetworks RealPlayer 20/20||Free+|
|RealNetworks RealTimes: Video Maker||Free+|
|VideoLAN VLC media player||Open Source|
Updated: April 14, 2021