How to Download M3U8 to MP4 | 3 Proven Ways

Discover three simple ways to download m3u8 videos to MP4 effortlessly. Say goodbye to tech headaches and embrace live streaming downloading quickly and easily.

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Updated on Jun 19, 2024

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When downloading videos from any webpage, you may encounter that the link is in a m3u4 suffix, not MP4. And what's worse, when you try to downloa videos with this link, some converters can not parse this link. So, is there a way to download the M3U8 link directly to the video in MP4? The answer is absolutely Yes. In this article, we display 3 ways to convert the M3U8 link to the video in MP4. Let's delve in.

What is M3U8 Format

The M3U8 format is a playlist file used for streaming video and audio content. It is commonly associated with HTTP Live Streaming, a protocol developed by Apple for delivering multimedia content to iOS devices and web browsers. Due to its association with HLS, attempting to download streaming media content using standard video downloaders may prove futile.

Way 1. Directly Download the M3U8 Link to the Video Without Any Skills

Unlike other video downloaders, EaseUS Video Downloader allows users to save these videos in M3U8 format directly, with no other skills needed. You don't even have to find the M3U8 link; copy the link on the address bar like usual, then this tool will parse it, and you can download the video in MP4 like before. Plus, you can choose the video quality, ranging from 720p, 1080p, to 4k. Need to download multiple M3U8 links all at once? No worries; it works.

Here are the detailed steps to use it to download the M3U8 link to MP4 (Here we take Kick VODs as an example):

Step 1. Copy the streaming URL from its link address on the top of the screen.

Step 2. Launch EaseUS Video Downloader, and choose the video format and quality you need.

preset video format quality

Step 3. Click "Paste Link." It starts parsing this link and downloading it automatically.

click easeus video downloader paste link

With this Video Downloader, you can download almost all streaming content from webpages. Don't forget that it is also a powerful video downloader capable of downloading YouTube videos on laptop, saving Facebook videos, and capturing private Vimeo videos. Click here to download it safely.

Way 2. Convert M3U8 Link to MP4 with VLC

VLC, this versatile media player, also works to download M3U8 videos. This multimedia player, which is both free and open-source, is capable of playing a wide range of multimedia files, including DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. Regardless of whether you are using a Mac or an Android device, you can effortlessly download M3U8 videos and convert them to MP4 by simply following the steps outlined below.

Before Downloading

Before downloading the M3U8 videos, you need to find the .M3U8 like. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Open your desired streaming video in your browser.

Step 2. Press "F12" to open the Developer Tools.

Step 3. Go to the "Network" tab, refresh the page, and play the video. (This step is very important.)

Step 4. Search .M3U8 and click "All." Right-click the master.M3U8 and choose "Copy" > "Copy URL."

copy url

Download M3U8 Videos

After finding the link, then:

Step 1. Launch VLC on your device, then go to "Media" > "Convert/Save..."

vlc go to convert save

Step 2. On this new tab, go to "Network.: and paste the link you copied into it. Then click "Convert/Save."

go to network paste link

Step 3. Next, choose the format and your destination. Click "Start." The downloading starts.

vlc choose format destination

For long stream content, it takes a rather long time to finish downloading.

Way 3. Convert M3U8 Link to MP4 with FFmpeg

This open-source multimedia framework empowers you to download, record, stream, edit, and convert video files. It also has an advanced libavcodec library, so it can download m2u8 videos.
However, Downloading with this tool needs some technical skills, so I will try to make it clear.

Step 1. Download FFmepeg on your PC, then create a folder foe this pragram as well as its unpacked files. Set the Environmetal Variables to C:\FFmpeg\bin.

ffmpeg advanced setting

Step 2. After copying the .M3U8 link, proceed to paste the command line "ffmpeg -i http://.../playlist.M3U8 -c copy -bsf:a aac_adtstoasc output.MP4 " onto a Text Document, ensuring to replace http://.../playlist.M3U8 with the link you have copied online.

Step 3. Locate the Search Windows box, search for "Command Prompt," and open it. Paste the command line into the Command Prompt window, then press Enter.

ffmpeg paste command line to convert m3u8

Step 4. Upon the completion of the process, you will be able to locate the MP4 video in the directory specified before the command line, such as C:\ffmpeg\>bin.

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In this article, we show you three ways to download M3U8 links to MP4. Each way has its benefits. For beginners, we recommend using EaseUS Video Downloader directly; no other technical skills are needed. For professional video lovers, you can try VLC. Tech-savvy users could use FFmpeg to download M3U8 videos for free.

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FAQs on How to Download M3U8 to MP4

You already know several ways to download an M3U8 link to an MP4 file, but keep reading these frequently asked questions for more insights.

1. How can I convert M3U8 to MP4 faster?

To convert the M3U8 file to MP4 efficiently, try the EaseUS Video Converter.

2. How to open M3U8 file?

You can M3U8 files easily with VideoLAN VLC Media Player, KMPlayer on Windows, or Apple iTunes
on Mac.

3. How do I convert a file to MP4?

To convert your files to MP4, you can use format converter apps like EaseUS Video Converter or online converters like CloudConvert.

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