How to Import M4V Files in PluralEyes

If you’re trying to import M4V files into PluralEyes, you’ve probably realized this is easier said than done.

In this tutorial, we’ll discuss how you can successfully import M4V movie files into PluralEyes. We’ll also compare how much easier this task can be when using Woowave DreamSync.

Check out the video below for a step-by-step guide on how to import these files into PluralEyes.

(video source: Woowave DreamSync’s Official Youtube Channel)

M4V Importing Functionality

There are many differences in the way Woowave DreamSync and PluralEyes import footage.
For example, we have a folder here of a birthday party that was shot from multiple smartphones as well as home cameras.

01 clips of a birthday party in finder folder

This is a bunch of camera footage shot by a group of parents at a birthday party.
The clips are in no particular order or in any sort of folder structure to make any sense of how the files should be managed.

In PluralEyes, that’s a big deal because we actually have to go in and create separate bins for each individual camera.

02 create separate bins for each individual camera in plural eyes

If you had a videographer give you this session and told you to sync it all together, in PluralEyes, this would be very difficult to do. 

You would have to end up putting each individual camera angle into a separate folder and then drag them into the program separately.

03 importing clips into plural eyes by dragging and dropping all clips into camera bins

Importing M4V Files Into Woowave DreamSync

In Woowave Dreamsync, all we have to do is select all the footage, drag and drop it into the program. No need for camera and audio separate bins.

04 drag and drop all footage into woowave dreamsync with 1 click

Then we just hit ‘Prepare’ to begin preparing all the clips for synchronization.

05 click prepare in woowave dreamsync to prepare the clips

The PluralEyes Problem

Now for the main difference between PluralEyes and Dreamsync; if I take all of this footage (which is in .M4V format) I drag it into PluralEyes and it actually WILL NOT read the file!

The reason why is because m4v files are not a compatible format inside of PluralEyes.

06 m4v files are not compatible with pluraleyes

Now, I could alternatively go in to my footage folder and change each individual extension to .MOV.

Then drag it in, which would essentially work…

07 solution for pluraleyes m4v by changing each name extension


08 .mov files will be read by plural eyes (1)

But that’s an extra step which I don’t want to do and I’m pretty sure you don’t either.

The Woowave Dreamsync Solution

Woowave Dreamsync doesn’t seem to mind what flavor of .MOV our video clips are made of.

They’re all Quicktime files whether they’re m4v, whether they’re mp4, or .mov.

And they all import into the Woowave DreamSync software beautifully.

09 woowave dreamsync reads all quicktime formats such as m4v mp4 and mov

Got the M4V Blues?

How much trouble do M4V files give you when using PluralEyes? Have you found any workarounds?

Please let us know in the comments below!


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