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How to Convert iTunes M4V to MP4 on Windows

Wilson Kent
BY Wilson Kent   
LAST UPDATED: Dec. 09, 2016

"I download a bunch of movies from iTunes. But I cannot play them on Window Media Player because they are protected M4V files. Is there any way to convert iTunes M4V to MP4?"

-Question from a movie lover

Probably you are facing the same problem here. Before we start to learn how to convert DRM protected M4V files to MP4, we are supposed to acquire some basic knowledge about M4V.

1What You Should Know About iTunes M4V?

M4V is a file container format which is similar to MP4. The movies, TV episodes and music videos that you download from iTunes are the M4V formats. Developed by Apple, M4V is protected with Apple's FairPlay DRM copyright policy, which means you are only allowed to play M4V on Apple devices. However, if you insist to put the iTunes M4V videos non-Apple players, you have to remove the DRM protection from the first place and then convert the videos to ordinary video formats, like MP4, MOV, AVI, etc.

Now, let's go back to the question "Is there any way to convert iTunes M4V to MP4?" Here is a solution for you.

2How to Convert iTunes M4V to MP4

DRM Media Converter is specially designed for converting DRM-ed video to popular video/ audio format. With this tool, you can easily convert iTunes M4V to MP4 with simple clicks. Following is a step-by-step guide that teaches you how to use this handy software.

DRM Media Converter – Convert iTunes M4V to MP4 Easily

With an iTunes M4V video removal like DRM Media Converter, you can enjoy iTunes movie on any player you want by converting M4V to MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV and so on.

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Step 1. Import M4V Videos into DRM Media Converter

After you install and launch DRM Media Converter on your PC, you can add M4V files to the program by clicking the "Add Files" button.

Add Files

Step 2. Specify Output Settings

Choose MP4 as your output format at the bottom of the interface. In the "Settings" option, you can change the video settings (resolution, encoder, frame rate, bit rate) and audio settings (sample rate, channel, encoder, bit rate) according to your need. At the bottom of the interface, you can choose your output path.

Video Settings

Step 3. Start Conversion

After you finish all the setting, click "Start" button on the right bottom of the interface to start the process of converting M4V videos to MP4 on your Windows computer. When the conversion is done, you can play the unprotected MP4 files on other players like Window Media Player, VLC and so on. You can check the quality of the converted video in the preview window.

Converting Video

As a bonus, DRM Media Converter is not only a DRM removal software but also a great multimedia converter. It enables you to convert both DRM-protected and non-DRM media files to all popular video/audio formats.

3How to Convert Unprotected M4V to MP4

However, not all the M4V files are protected. There are unprotected M4V files that can be recognized and played by other video players. All you need to do to play unprotected M4V files on other players is changing the file extension from ".m4v" to ".mp4".

Besides using DRM Media Converter to convert unprotected M4V files to any other video/audio format, there is one more option for you - Video Converter Ultimate. This is a professional video converter designed for fast conversion between 150+ different multimedia formats, including M4V to MP4. It also comes with a built-in video editor which can satisfy your need of basic video editing.

Video Converter Ultimate – Unprotected M4V Files Converter

With Video Converter Ultimate, it is an easy job to convert videos to 159 formats including MP4, MOV, 4K, 3D, MP3, AC3, etc.

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Convert unprotected M4V to MP4 with Video Converter Ultimate

Step 1. Import M4V Files

Step 2. Choose MP4 as your output format

Step 3. Start conversion


Convert Video to MP4

For Windows users, it is a good choice to use DRM Media Converter or Video Converter Ultimate to convert M4V to MP4. The former one is for DRM-protected M4V videos and the latter one is for plain M4V videos. With the intuitive interface and easy-to-use functions, you can be familiar with them at the first sight of view. Now pick one according to your need and have a try!


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