Xvid (formerly 'XviD') is a video codec library following the MPEG-4 video coding standard, specifically MPEG-4 Part 2 Advanced Simple Profile (ASP). It uses ASP features such as b-frames, global and quarter pixel motion compensation, lumi masking, trellis quantization, and H.263, MPEG and custom quantization matrices.
The *.m2v files are normally destined to be multiplexed (muxed), which is the process of adding audio data and perhaps other streams such as subtitles, before use. M2Vs are created by demultiplexing (demuxing) an existing MPEG-2, or by converting another video format to MPEG-2. The file extension m2v is mostly found with SFV Host Files.