Convert Video to M3U8 for iPad/iPhone Streaming via HTTP Server

If you are familiar with the m3u8 file extension, you should know it is used for playlists that are stored in the M3U UTF-8 (Unicode) text playlist format. The Playlist doesn’t contain any multimedia content, so that can drag the video to any point you want to enjoy smoothly and immediately. Since there are so many guys are looking for ways to convert video to m3u8 for iPad/iPad Streaming via HTTP Server, here we’d like to share an easy solution to encoding MKV, AVI, WMV, MPG, MP4, FLV, etc to M3U8 format with the best M3U8 Video Encoder we’ve found yet.

To have a fast and smooth M3U8 encoding, an easy-to-use and yet professional M3U8 encoder plays a big role. 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).

With it, you can easily 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. 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. Just download the program and follow the step-by-step guide below to convert videos to M3U8 smoothly.

Encode Videos to M3U8 for iPad/iPhone Streaming

1. Add videos > Launch the Mac M3U8 video encoder 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.

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.

Tip: 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.

3. Start converting videos to m3u8 > When all settings are done, simply click the Convert button to begin encoding videos to m3u8 immediately.

The conversion will finish in a few minutes. After the conversion, you can stream the converted videos files to your iPhone/iPad with a HTTP Server effortlessly.

Additional Tips: If you have no idea how to build a local HTTP server, you can have a reference at the following steps:

a. Download XAMPP software and install it in the path of E:\xampp
b. Launch XAMPP in E:\xampp with the interface below.
c. Check “Apache” module and hit “Start” actions and you will finish the local HTTP Server setting up process.
d. You can confirm the HTTP Server address by typing in your browser.
e. Build a folder name “m3u8” under the path of E:\xampp\htdocs
f. Transfer your M3U8 files under this folder, you will then be able to access all your files in the browser with the HTTP Server address:

Note: Before stream your files with HTTP Server, make sure to name the output files with plain English or pure digital with no space.

You’re done.