July 04, 2017
iTunes users may be familiar with the M4V file format as all movies, TV shows and music videos we downloaded from iTunes Store are in M4V format. Due to the incompatibility issues, many people have the need in converting M4V to MP4. And, it could be better if there is a freeware can do the job.
Actually, there are some of good freeware that can convert DRM-free M4V to MP4. However, don't break your back trying to using these freeware to convert copy protected M4V files. To convert DRM-protected M4V files, you need a more professional DRM removal tool.
Now, I'm going to show you the most popular freeware that can convert M4V to MP4 totally free. Also, if you encounter the DRM-protected M4V files, I show you how to remove DRM from iTunes movies.
Many people asked, "Can HandBrake Convert M4V Videos to MP4"?
The answer is: you can convert some M4V videos to MP4 with HandBrake while some cannot be.
HandBrake is one of the most popular free video converts that can convert videos, DVDs and blu-ray movies to the format which is compatible with your device. It can easily convert M4V (DRM-free) files to MP4, MKV, iPhone, Windows Media Player, etc.
Note: As is noted on its page, HandBrake can't remove DRM. So if you want to convert DRM protected M4V to MP4, please get more information in Part 2.
#2. VLC Media Player
Like most of people, I use VLC as a media player. So it is really surprising when I dig out its hidden feature as an M4V to MP4 converter. Just open VLC Media Player, drop down "Media" menu and then select "Convert/Save" from the listing. In the following-in pop-up window, add the M4V files you want to convert and press "Convert/Save" button on the lower right corner. Then, select "Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4)" from "Profile" pull-down.
All done! You can now use VLC to convert M4V to MP4 successfully.
This is an online M4V to MP4 converter freeware. Supporting 12918 different conversions for video, audio, document, eBook, and image formats, it’s really easy to use and lets you convert M4V videos online without having to download any software.
All the freeware we recommend above can convert DRM-free M4V to MP4. However, as mentioned earlier, these freeware can do nothing with the Apple FairPlay DRM protected M4V files.
If you have a lot of M4V files purchased or rented from iTunes Store and want to convert them to MP4, you can get help from the professional TuneFab M4V Converter.
TuneFab M4V Converter is one of the best iTunes video converters that can remove the annoying DRM from iTunes movies and convert M4V to MP4. Plus, it can retain AC3 5.1 audio track, multi-language subtitles and cc captions in the converted MP4 videos. Secretly, by removing the DRM from iTunes movies, you can keep the iTunes movie rentals forever.
Note: TuneFab M4V Converter (Windows) is not able to convert iTunes rental videos/movies currently, so Windows user is out of luck for the moment. For Mac users, however, you can still use TuneFab M4V Converer(Mac) to convert iTunes rental videos/movies.
This software is easy-to-use. You can download the trial version of the program on your PC (hereafter will set Mac as example) and have a try.
Step 1. Install TuneFab M4V Converter
After you've downloaded the installation file for TuneFab M4V Converter, run it and install the software following the on-screen instructions. Then, start the program on Mac.
Step 2. Add M4V Movies, TV Shows, etc.
Click the "Add File" button and all your iTunes movies, TV shows or music videos will be listed in the main screen. Select those video files you want to convert and hit "Add" to confirm. Note that you can select multiple files for batch conversion.
Step 3. Converting M4V to MP4
You don't need to specify the output file format as the default output format is MP4. Just click the "Convert" button to start M4V to MP4 conversion. The maximum conversion speed is 20X faster. When the conversion is done, click "History" to find the converted files.
As far as I known, all software that can convert DRM-protected M4V files are shareware. In other words, they are not free. If you bought a lot of movies from iTunes Store, it is worthwhile to get a professional M4V converter.
By the way, if you know any other freeware that can convert M4V to MP4, leave your comments below.