What Is M3U File M3U Syntax M3U Players

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Introduction

As we all knows Digital Headend Industry is growing day by day. For that reason we came across the terms FTTH Tripple Play and OTT etc. Where FTTH stands for Fiber To The Home and OTT stands for Over The Top.

So in this article we are going to discuss about What Is M3U, How M3U Works and M3U Conversion.

What Is M3U

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M3U stands for MP3 URL. MP3 URL denotes Moving Picture Expert Group Layer 3 Uniform Resource Locator. M3U  was developed by Fraunhofer.  M3U is a extension of playlist file  which represents different streams over internet.

In other words M3U extension file contains the URLs or different absolute or relative path names. These path names locate media files over internet. M3U is used to locate the audio files. But sometimes it is also used to locate the video files too.

M3U Players

One thing here which we need to keep in mind that it is not the video file while it is have the links which represents audio and video file over the internet so that player can understand, what media it needs to play and from where.

There are several players which support M3U files listed below,

VLC Media Player

Apple iTunes

Media Player Classic

Winamp

You can open M3U files with the Text editors also.

M3U File Syntax

If you want to make a M3U file then here is example of how we can make it

#EXTM3U
#EXTINF:105, Headendinfo artist - Headendinfo title
C:\Files\My Music\Headendinfo.mp3
#EXTINF:321, Headendinfo Artist2 - Headendinfo title2
C:\Files\My Music\Doc\Headendinfo2.ogg

 

M3U File Conversion

As we have mentioned above that M3U extension is playlist file referencing different stream online. Now we can convert this M3U file into the other formats like M3U8 .HTML and .XSPF . We need to open M3U file into the VLC Media Player then we need to go to “Media” then open the “Save Playlist As...” option and then select the format you want and save it. It is shown below in the screenshot,

m3u file convert vlc

 

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You can also download the located audio and video file into your computer by using “M3UExportTool“. We need to use a “Free File Converter” to convert M3U files into the MP4 or AVI file format.

Conclusion

M3U is a file extension contains the URLs locating the audio and video files. A VLC media player is most commonly used to play these files. By using VLC Media Player we can also convert this playlist file to different formats like .HTML and M3U8. VLC Media Player is very good player because it supports other formats like ASX, IFO and M3U8 etc.

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