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Freeware: How I Convert M4V to MP4 for Free (Remove DRM)

By Patrick Dyer

June 22, 2018

iTunes users may be familiar with the M4V file format because all movies, TV shows and music videos purchased & downloaded from iTunes Store are DRM-ed M4V videos. Smiliar with Apple Music M4P or Audible AA/AAX which are protected by DRM, iTunes M4V videos cannot be played on non-Apple devices. Due to the incompatibility issues, many people have the need for converting M4V to MP4.

Actually, there are some good M4V freeware that can convert M4V to MP4. However, don't waste you time trying to find the freeware to convert DRM-protected M4V files. As far as I know, there is no free M4V DRM removal. If you want to convert iTunes M4V files, you need a more professional iTunes M4V Converter like TuneFab M4V Converter.

This tutorial, I will show you how to remove DRM from iTunes movies, TV shows or music videos and convert them to DRM-free MP4. Besides, I will introduce some online M4V to MP4 converter for you to convert DRM-free M4V to other video formats for free.


Part 1. How to Convert Protected M4V to MP4

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 Apple FairPlay DRM removals 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.

This software is easy-to-use. You can download the trial version of the program on your PC (hereafter will set Mac as an 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 M4V movies, TV shows or music videos will be listed on 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.

Add M4V Movies

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.

Converting M4V to MP4

Part 2. Best M4V to MP4 Converter Freeware

#1. HandBrake

HandBrake is one of the most popular free video converters 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 use TuneFab M4V DRM Removal.

#2. VLC Media Player

Like most of the people, I use VLC as a media player which also allows users to play M4V in VLC. 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 in 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.

Final Note

As far as I know, all software that can convert DRM-protected M4V files is 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 iTunes M4V converter.

By the way, if you know any other freeware that can remove DRM from M4V as well as convert M4V to MP4, leave your comments below.

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