If you want to convert M4V to MOV, you first need to verify whether the .m4v file is DRM protected or DRM free. For DRM free M4V files, you can use Handbrake to convert it to MOV or MP4. However, if your M4V videos are TV episodes, movies, and music videos purchased from iTunes Store, they are DRM protected. In this case, you need to use DRM removal tool to help you remove the DRM and then convert M4V to MOV.
In this post,I show you details on how to convert both DRM protected and DRM free M4V videos to MOV on Windows and Mac. Follow the guide below and finish converting M4V to MOV easily.
Part 1 How to Convert DRM Protected M4V to MOV on Windows
In order to convert iTunes M4V movies, TV shows or music videos for playback on VLC media player, QuickTime Player, Window Media Player and mobile phones, we need to remove DRM from M4V videos purchased and rented in iTunes first.
DRM Media Converter combines DRM removal and M4V to MOV converter together. It enables you to crack DRM from iTunes videos easily and convert DRM M4V videos to MOV, MP4, AVI, FLV, etc. for playing on any popular devices and players.
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Note: DRM Media Converter is only available on Windows users. For Mac users, you can download iTunes M4V Converter for Mac and convert M4V to MP4.
Download and install DRM Media Converter on your Windows computer. Then, launch the program and click "Add" button to import M4V files.
After the files are loaded, you can click "Video files to" and select "MOV" as the output format. If you like, you can click the "Settings" button to change the resolution, encoder, frame rate, etc.
At last, click the "Start" button on the lower right to start converting iTunes M4V to MOV. You can also convert M4V to MP4, AVI, MKV, etc.
To ensure the success of the conversion, it's highly recommended that you run iTunes and choose "Play Video in a separate Window".
Besides removing DRM from iTunes TV shows, it can also crack DRM from iTunes music/movie and video/audio files purchased from Amazon Instant Video, Windows Media Center, Zune Marketplace, BBC iPlayer, Xbox Live Store,etc.
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Part 2 How to Convert M4V to MOV with Handbrake on Mac
Handbrake can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or Blu-ray sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection. So can we convert M4V with handbrake? The answer is: you can convert some M4V videos to MP4 with HandBrake while some cannot be.
You need to know that there are two kinds of M4V files generally: one is DRM protected and the other is DRM free. HandBrake can convert DRM free M4V files to MP4 freely, but in terms of DRM protected M4V files, it cannot.
If you want to convert DRM free M4V files, here is the guide on how to convert M4V to MOV on Mac with handbrake.
Step 1. Click "Source" to add DRM free M4V files.
Step 2. Choose MOV as output format or preset for your device.
Step 3. Adjust video filters, video, audio, subtitles, chapters, etc. to make the output videos more personalized and suitable.
Step 4. After finishing all the settings, go ahead to convert video on Mac by simply pressing "Start" button.
Part 3 M4V vs. MOV: What's the Difference
Both MOV and M4V are lossy formats which sacrifices quality for file size.
MOV supports a lot more codecs that are not supported by M4V.
MOV is a container format for QuickTime while M4V is the container format for iTunes.
M4V file format is a video file format developed by Apple and is very close to MP4 format.
MOV works better and has more widespread support than M4V for streaming video.
- M4V is better supported by portable devices than the MOV format.