Solved: How to Easily Convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4

Posted by Adam Gorden on August 10, 2018 14:14:01 PM.

Q: I'm looking for a quick and efficient solution to convert my iTunes movies from protected M4V format to common MP4 so that I can watch the movies on my Samsung Galaxy Tab. I tried different M4V to MP4 converter software like HandBrake but they don't seem to work. Could you please recommend a workable DRM M4V to MP4 conversion tool? Thanks.

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Do you have the same problem in converting iTunes M4V to MP4? To solve this issue, we'll show you a powerful iTunes DRM M4V to MP4 converter as well as the detailed steps on how to convert the protected DRM M4V to MP4 losslessly, while introducing the differences between M4V and MP4 video formats and more.

Why we need to convert iTunes movies to MP4

itunes m4v iconOr to put it another way - What is iTunes M4V? Generally speaking, M4V format is a DRM-protected video container originally created by Apple Inc. 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 authorized Apple's products only. In other words, iTunes users are not allowed to copy and convert any iTunes M4V movie even after they legally bought it.

Apparently, most people don't accept this kind of unfair policy. So they are seeking ways to convert the protected DRM M4V video files to other more commony used video formats like MP4 in order to enjoy iTunes movies on almost all media players and devices as they wish.

Best iTunes video solution to convert DRM M4V to MP4

To convert iTunes M4V to MP4 format, we need to remove the DRM protection first. Fortunately, there are various iTunes DRM removal programs available to get rid of DRM from iTunes movies by converting those M4V files to MP4 or other DRM-free formats. Among those top-rated iTunes DRM converters, TunesKit DRM M4V to MP4 Converter for Mac is one of the best iTunes M4V to MP4 converter specialized in removing DRM from both rented and purchased iTunes movies/TV shows with no quality loss. It works at 30X faster speed when converting iTunes M4V to MP4 with original HD video quality, AC3 5.1 Dolby sound, CC subtitles and audio tracks preserved.

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The ideal alternative to TunesKit DRM M4V Converter Mac goes to its Windows version - TunesKit M4V to MP4 Converter for Windows which can legally strip DRM off from any iTunes M4V movie file while converting the DRM-ed M4V to lossless MP4 at faster speed.

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Complete steps to remove DRM and convert iTunes M4V to MP4 with TunesKit

Here we will take TunesKit Mac M4V to MP4 Converter as an example to show you how to convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4 on Mac in 3 steps. The Windows version just works as the same way as the Mac edition.

Note: Please make sure you have already authorized your computer with the same iTunes account you used to purchase or rent the movies. Otherwise there might be some error during the M4V to MP4 conversion process.

Step 1Add M4V Movies from iTunes Library

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Click "Library" 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 videos by dragging and dropping.

Step 2Select Audio Tracks and Subtitles

Once the iTunes M4V files are loaded successfully into TunesKit M4V to MP4 Converter, you can choose the specific output audio tracks and subtiltes by clicking the "All Audio" or "All Subtitle" icon respectively. By default, it will keep all the audio tracks and subtiles while converting the M4V videos to MP4.

Step 3Confirm Ouput MP4 Profile

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Lossless MP4 is the default output format of TunesKit M4V Converter. To verify that, you can move to the Format tab and click the MP4 (Lossless) option. To keep the original quality in output file, simply leave it alone. Or if you want to adjust the video codec, size, bit rate, etc. you can click the 'gear' icon at the top right of the format profile.

Step 4Convert Protected iTunes M4V to DRM-free MP4

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Now you can start to convert the iTunes M4V to MP4 format by clicking on the "Convert" button. Once the M4V to MP4 video conversion process is done, you will find the DRM-free movie files from "Converted" tab and 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 file formats

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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