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Guidance: How to Convert iTunes M4V Video to AVI

By Laura Barnes

January 13, 2017

"Hi, I have just got a new DVD player that plays DivX files via USB, but it only plays video files in AVI format. I have tons of iTunes movies with the M4V format. Is there a way to convert M4V to AVI? I tried Handbrake, Video Monkey, QuickTime but all to no avail. Looking for your help here."

M4V refers to a file format which has a similar video extension with MP4. However, sometimes, you may meet the situation that needs to convert M4V to AVI for watching iTunes movies like above. The M4V format is mainly used in the iTunes Store to encode movies, TV episodes and music videos. And usually, it has the DRM protection. Most media players and devices cannot support M4V videos, especially for DRM protected M4V. So we need to convert M4V to universal video format, such as AVI. This is not a difficult task as long as you follow the guidance below. Now let's start.


Part 1. Freeware: How to Convert DRM-free M4V Video to AVI

A thing you should know is that not all of the M4V files are protected by DRM. For the unprotected M4V files, you can convert them just like converting other common video formats. And there are many tools you can get help from, such as online video converters and some usual free video converters. Here, we will use VideoSolo Free Video Converter to do it.

VideoSolo Free Video Converter is a totally free software which supports various video/audio format including M4V, AVI, MP4, MKV, FLV, etc. It can solve almost all your incompatible video problems. And the steps are easy: "Add M4V Files" > "Select AVI output Format" > "Start Conversion". Then, let the program do the M4V to AVI conversion for you.

VideoSolo Free Video Converter

Part 2. Recommended: How to Convert Protected M4V Video to AVI

For the protected M4V videos, the common video converter will fail to work successfully. The reason is the DRM protection we mentioned previously. But as long as you find the right tool, the M4V to AVI conversion will be so easy. TuneFab M4V Converter is not a usual M4V Converter. It has the ability to get rid of the DRM from iTunes M4V videos and convert M4V to DRM-free MP4 format, with all audio tracks and subtitles preserved. After that, you will get an unprotected copy in MP4 format from original iTunes movies. Then, you can use the VideoSolo Free Video Converter to complete the M4V to AVI conversion.

Tutorial on Converting iTunes M4V to MP4 on Mac on YouTube

Step 1. Install TuneFab M4V Converter

Download the installation package from the button above and follow the instructions to finish the installation. Then launch the TuneFab M4V Converter. The iTunes will be automatically opened. Don't quit it because this program needs to load your media files from iTunes library.

Note: TuneFab M4V Converter is available for both Windows and Mac now. You can remove DRM from iTunes videos on Mac and Windows easily with this program.

Step 2. Select M4V Movies

Now click on "Add Files" button to select the M4V videos from the pop-up list. If you are ready to start the conversion, click the "OK" button to confirm the addition.

Add M4V Movies

Step 3. Convert iTunes M4V Videos

This program will preserve all audio tracks and original subtitles for you. If necessary, you can choose the one you want to keep in output video by clicking "Gear" icon. If it's not necessary, you can click the "Convert" button to start converting M4V to MP4.

Convert M4V Videos

Step 4. Convert M4V to AVI

Find the converted iTunes movies and open VideoSolo Free Video Converter again. Import the converted MP4 files to this program and select the AVI as output format. Then start the conversion by clicking "Convert". When the conversion finished, you will finish the M4V to AVI conversion.

VideoSolo Free Video Converter

With these two methods, you can convert any M4V files to AVI format. And you will not be suffered from such problems that the M4V files can't be playback on your media devices. Hope this guide can help you!

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