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M4V to MP4 Converter: How to Convert iTunes M4V Videos to MP4

By Tony Moton

Updated on April 04, 2018

When you happened to add your iTunes M4V videos to other devices, like Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy S8, Pixel, and etc., a problem occurred. "Media content is DRM protected and cannot be added to devices." At this time, you may want to seek out some M4V to MP4 converter for help. However, as abundant M4V to MP4 converters are available on the website, you will be confused and puzzled to figure out the appropriate one. Don't worry and just reading the following post, you will find the right one!


Part 1. What is M4V (DRM & DRM-free)

The M4V is a file container format developed by Apple. Just as other container formats like AVI, WMV, MKV, M4V contains multiple streams including video and audio. It is widely used in TV episodes, movies, and music that sells through the iTunes Store.

M4V files are similar to MP4 files, but the M4V files may optionally be protected by FairPlay DRM copy protection. Thus, most M4V videos can only be played on Apple devices like iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 2, iPad mini, etc. However, as the format which is similar to MP4 files, unprotected M4V files could play in MP4 players through the previous M4V to MP4 conversion by using special software. It is urgent to have an M4V to MP4 Converter. Let's check what are they from the next part.

Part 2. Top 3 M4V to MP4 Converters

#1. TuneFab M4V Converter - Professional M4V to MP4 Converter

TuneFab M4V Converter enables you to easily remove DRM protection from purchased and rental iTunes videos and get the DRM-free MP4 with 100% lossless quality. It allows you to convert any iTunes M4V videos to MP4 for playback on any portable devices. Besides, it can keep all multi-language subtitles, audio tracks, closed captions after conversion. It also supports 1080p/720p HD videos output.

Note: TuneFab M4V Converter is now available on both Windows and Mac. Also, both versions are provided with the free trial one. Select the one you need and get started to experience it!

#2. HandBrake Freeware - Free M4V to MP4 Converter

HandBrake is a freeware converter which can help you convert DRM-free (DRM-ed M4V videos such as iTunes Videos would be failed to use HandBrake for format conversion) M4V videos to MP3 freely for making these videos available on playback on more devices and media players. It would be easy to operate HandBrake to convert M4V videos into MP4. Only 5 steps are required:

Step 1. Download Handbrake from its website.

Step 2. Click on "Source" and select DRM-free M4V videos.

Step 3. Choose the folder to save your output M4V videos.

Step 4. In the output settings, choose MP4. You are also allowed to choose the frame rate, video codec, bitrate.

Step 5. Press "Start" to convert DRM-free M4V videos to MP4.

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#3. Convert.Files.com - Convert M4V to MP4 Online

Convertfiles.com can easily convert DRM-free M4V videos to MP4 files. It is a free-to-use online conversion tool. You just need to upload the M4V files and select MP4 as output and click on convert. The conversion only takes a few seconds. Apart from MP4, it also supports convert M4V to other formats like MOV, VOB, AVI, FLV, MKV, WMV, etc. So, you can use TuneFab M4V Converter to remove the DRM protection and then use this online converter to convert the unprotected M4V to any formats you like.

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With all above M4V to MP4 Converter introduced, it is significant for you to learn how exactly the professional M4V to MP4 work on converting M4V to MP4. Let's move on to the next parts and see the whole conversion, and you will like it!

Part 3. How to Convert iTunes M4V to MP4 with TuneFab M4V Converter

Step 1. Download and Install TuneFab M4V Converter

When the software is installed, please run TuneFab M4V Converter and iTunes will be launched automatically. You will see the software's main interface as below.

Download and Install TuneFab M4V Converter on Mac

Step 2. Load iTunes M4V Videos

Click on "Add Files" button to preview and select TV shows or movies you want to convert to MP4, then click on the "Add" button to import the videos into the program. You are able to select multiple videos at one time because this software supports batch conversion.

Load iTunes M4V Videos

Step 3. Select Audio Tracks and Subtitles (Optional)

You can manually choose the subtitle and audio track you like to preserve. If you don't choose any of them, then all original subtitles and audio tracks will be saved by default.

Select Audio Tracks and Subtitles

Step 4. Convert M4V to MP4

Now click on "Convert" to start converting M4V to MP4. All converted files will be saved as DRM-free MP4 files.

Convert M4V to MP4

Video Tutorial: Convert M4V to MP4

Part 4. Over to You: Common Sense of M4V Files

#1 Is there a difference between M4V and MP4?

There is a huge difference in between M4V and MP4. As we all know, M4V is an MPEG-4 file extension coined by Apple Inc. and can be merely watched on Apple Devices, including iTunes, iPhones, iPad and other kinds of Apple Devices. But MP4 or MPEG-4 for short is a video container format for storing videos, audio tracks, images, subtitles and so on. It can be widely watched on different devices, like Huawei Smartphone, Media Player, and even burn a DVD. With converting M4V to MP4, you can enjoy iTunes M4V video on different devices.

Recommend: M4V vs. MP4: Differences and Conversion

#2 Can VLC convert M4V to MP4?

No, it is impossible to convert M4V to MP4 with VLC player simply because M4V are DRM protected. However, as for the DRM-free M4V, it can works. Just click on "Media" menu > select "Convert/Save" > add M4V videos > click on "Convert/Save" > select "Video - H.264 + MP3 (MP4)" from the Profile List. There are more file formats for you to convert.

Related: M4V in VLC – How to Play iTunes M4V Videos in VLC Media Player

#3 Can QuickTime play M4V files?

Nope, QuickTime Player can just play the DRM-free M4V files. If you want to play iTunes M4V files on QuickTime, it is necessary for you the wise break the DRM from M4V video and then enjoys unrestricted video experience of M4V files playing on QuickTime Media Player.

With the method and knowledge introduced above, you can finish the M4V to MP4 conversion easily. Comparing to the freeware M4V Converter online, you would find that TuneFab M4V Converter can save more time for its high efficiency and its ability to convert the DRM-ed M4V videos professionally. With the suggestions above, you can now play both DRM-ed and DRM-free M4V videos on any device you like! Try them and enjoy!

Related Readings:

How to Watch iTunes Movies on Kindle Fire

How to Easily Watch iTunes Movies on Samsung Smart TV

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