How to Convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4

Posted by Adam Gorden on July 03, 2014 09:14:01 AM.

Q: I'm looking for a quick and efficient solution to convert my iTunes movies from M4V format to common MP4 so that I can watch the videos on my Samsung Galaxy Tab. I tried different M4V to MP4 converter software but the output quality is not good enough. Could you please help? The lossless conversion tool could be better. Thanks.

Do you have the same problem in converting iTunes M4V to MP4? In this article, we'll show you the detailed steps on how to remove DRM from iTunes videos and convert the protected M4V to MP4 losslessly with a powerful iTunes M4V to MP4 converter, while introducing the differences between M4V and MP4 video formats, etc.

Why we need to convert iTunes M4V to MP4

m4v iconTo put it another way - What is M4V? Generally speaking, M4V is a DRM-protected video format originally created by Apple to encode movies, TV shows, and music videos in its iTunes Store. By using the FairPlay DRM decryption, those iTunes M4V video files are limited to play on Apple's products only. In other words, people are not allowed to copy and convert any iTunes movies even after they buy it. Apparently, most people don't accept this kind of policy. So they are seeking ways to convert DRM protected M4V files to some more commony used video formats like MP4, so that they can enjoy iTunes movies on almost all media players and devices as they wish.

Best tools to convert DRM M4V videos to MP4

m4v to mp4In order to convert iTunes M4V to MP4 format, we need to remove the DRM protection first. Fortunately, there are various DRM removal programs available to get rid of DRM from iTunes videos while converting those M4V files to MP4 and other DRM-free formats. Among those iTunes DRM media converter tools, TunesKit DRM M4V to MP4 Converter for Mac is one of the best smart iTunes M4V to MP4 converter which is specialized in removing DRM lock from rented and purchased iTunes movies and TV shows on Mac OS X. This professional DRM application works at 20x faster speed to convert iTunes M4V to MP4 with original HD video quality, subtitles and audio tracks preserved.

The ideal alternative to TunesKit for Mac goes to its Windows version. TunesKit M4V to MP4 Converter for Windows enables iTunes users legally strip DRM off from iTunes M4V videos while converting M4V to MP4 losslessly and other formats like lossless M4V in high speed.

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Steps to remove DRM and convert M4V to MP4 on Mac

Here we will take TunesKit DRM M4V to MP4 Converter for Mac as an example to show you how to convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4 on Mac in 3 steps only.

Note: please make sure you have already downloaded and installed the free trial version of TunesKit iTunes M4V Converter on your computer.

1Add M4V Files from iTunes Library

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Click "Add Files" button on the program to select iTunes movies or TV shows that you want to convert. Click "OK" to load the M4V files. You can also import the iTunes M4V files by dragging and dropping.

2Select Audio Tracks and Subtitles

choose output audio tracks and subtitles

Once the iTunes M4V files loaded successfully, you can choose the output audio tracks and subtiltes by clicking the "settings" icon manually. Otherwise it will keep all the audio tracks and subtiles while converting the videos.

3Convert iTunes M4V to MP4

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Then you can start to convert the iTunes M4V to MP4 format by clicking the "Convert" button.

After converting M4V to MP4, you will be free to watch those HD iTunes movies and TV episodes on any device and media player as you like.

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Read more: Differences between M4V and MP4

M4V is a DRM-protected video format specifically designed for Apple products such as the iPhone, iTunes store, and iPod. Since M4V is deeply associated with Apple Inc., the M4V video files are more often than not protected by a copyright, that is, Apple's FairPlay DRM copyright protection. In this case, only Apple's devices could recognize and play those protected M4V videos.

MP4 is a commonly used container format, allowing a combination of audio, video, subtitles and still images to be held in the one single file. MP4 is much more universally recognized than M4V and it can be played using a variety of video players and hardware devices, like iTunes, iPods, iPhones, iPads, Andriod phones, Media Player Classic, VLC media player, PS4, Xbox, etc.


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