Software & Apps File Types What Is an M2V File? Open, edit, and convert these video files By Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated January 29, 2020 File Types Design Cryptocurrency MS Office Windows Linux Google Drive Apps File Types Backup & Utilities View More Tweet Share Email A file with the M2V file extension is a MPEG-2 Video Stream file. Files of this type only store video content, so there's no audio, subtitles, or related information. How Are M2V Files Used? M2V files are hardly ever seen alone because there's no way for audio to be stored with the video. Instead, they're commonly seen when using a DVD-authoring tool, combined with audio files like WAVs or AIFs, menus, and chapter points, to build a DVD video. Some DVD-authoring programs use an M2A file along with the M2V file, which is a MPEG-1 Layer 2 Audio file. How to Open an M2V File Open M2V files with popular media player applications like Windows Media Player, VLC, Winamp, and RealPlayer. However, these programs will only let you watch the video file, not create a DVD from the M2V file. To write the M2V file to a disc in order to use it as a DVD, use software like DVD Flick. This program, and others like it, create standard DVD files, like VOB, IFO, and BUP files, in a VIDEO_TS folder. Freemake Video Converter opens and burns M2V files, in addition to converting the M2V file to several other video formats. Again, though, M2V files are video-only files, so you'd have to add an audio file to Freemake Video Converter, too, and join the two together with its built-in joining option. Though these programs aren't free to use, you can also open M2V files with Roxio Creator, Adobe Encore, CyberLink PowerDVD, and CyberLink PowerDirector. Most of these applications generate a DVD with the M2V file and an audio file, and quite possibly even subtitle files and anything else that should be part of the DVD. If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the M2V file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open M2V files, you may need to change the default program for a specific file extension in Windows. How to Convert an M2V File Any Video Converter saves an M2V file to all sorts of video formats, like MP4, AVI, FLV, and others. EncodeHD, Oxelon Media Converter, and Clone2Go Free Video Converter also support the M2V format. To make an M2V file, try the free Avidemux software.