Updated on September 24, 2017
HandBrake is a freeware which could convert the format of audios, videos files, etc. HandBrake was firstly developed by Eric Petit, which aims at ripping a movie from DVD to a data storage device easier. The output formats of HandBrake include MP4(M4V), MKV, AAC, MP3, FLAC, AC3, Vorbis, and so on. It supports Windows, MacOS, Linux.
"Handbrake has a very easy to use interface, and the default settings normally work very well."
"Handbrake is quite useful for me to convert the M4V video files into MP4! The speed is quick and the quality is not bad. Most importantly, it needs no charges."
HandBrake has done great convenience to users for converting M4V video format into MP4. It is totally free and easy-to-use. Besides, users are able to amend the output files by altering the bit rate, maximum file size or sample rate via "constant quality". Since release, HandBrake was getting popular.
HandBrake also has limitations. Although it can convert M4V videos into MP4, but it fail to convert DRM-encrypted M4V, such as iTunes M4V Movies.
"Handbrake is free, but as far as I know, Handbrake can't convert iTunes videos, as they are DRM-ed M4V, not the common M4V video although they are in the same extension."
Firstly, iTunes M4V Movies are protected by Apple's FairPlay DRM protection, so users cannot save the movies by themselves or copy them. As a result, you fail to download the iTunes M4V Movies to your computer and upload them to HandBrake converter. Secondly, HandBrake cannot detect DRM-protected M4V movies even you have downloaded them to your iTunes Library. To play the DRM-protected iTunes M4V movies, you have to authorize the devices with the Apple ID which you have purchased the movies.
So, how to convert iTunes M4V Movies to MP4 format? There are two ways you can choose.
Requiem is a freeware converter which can convert DRM-ed iTunes M4V Movies to MP4. But it can only compatible with iTunes V10.7 or lower, which means you cannot use it with your latest iTunes version. TuneFab M4V Converter would be more professional. It has both trial version and paid version. You can experience it first.
Let's get to know more about these two program in detail.
If you want to remove DRM from iTunes M4V Movies freely, I'd like to recommend Requiem to you.
Requiem is a freeware which can remove DRM from Apple Music, iTunes Music, iTunes M4V Movies, etc. It can convert the DRM files with high quality and remove DRM from them. It is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Requiem used to be the largest competitor of Apple before 2012. However, Requiem was defeated during this fierce competition and Apple managed to restrict this program. As a result, Requiem stopped its steps at V4.1. If you need to use Requiem to remove DRM from iTunes M4V Movies, you must downgrade your iTunes to V10.7 or lower.
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To remove DRM from iTunes M4V Movies, TuneFab M4V Converter would also be a good choice. This easy-to-use program can convert the iTunes M4V Movies into MP4 format in a short time. TuneFab M4V Converter could detect the iTunes M4V Movies that you have purchased. You just need to select them inside the program, then convert them easily. The conversion speed can reach 30x faster. Also, The output iTunes movies are in 1080p/720p HD videos which are with comparatively high quality.
TuneFab M4V Converter supports Windows and Mac. And it also provides a free trial version for you to experience.
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By conparison, these 3 converters has their pros and cons. HandBrake can convert DRM-free M4V to MP4 freely, and Requiem could turn DRM-ed iTunes M4V Movies into MP4 with high quality and no charges. But they have limitations. HandBrake can only convert DRM-free M4V videos while Requiem can not be compatible with the latest iTunes. As a result, TuneFab M4V Converter would be the best choice among these three. It can adapt to the latest iTunes and convert the DRM-encrypted iTunes M4V Movies into MP4. What' more, the output movies would remain in high quality. It is really a good helper for you to convert iTunes M4V Movies into DRM-free MP4!
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